1 Bvt Iob answered and sayd,
2 Even to day [is] my complaintHe shows the just cause of his complaining and concerning that Eliphaz had exhorted him to return to God, (Job_22:21) he declares that he desires nothing more, but it seems that God would not be found of him.bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
3 Would God yet I knew how to finde him, I would enter vnto his place.
4 I would pleade the cause before him, & fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would knowe the wordes, that he would answere me, & would vnderstand what he would say vnto me.
6 Will heUsing his absolute power and saying because I am God, I may do what I will.plead against me with [his] great power? No; but he wouldOf his mercy he would give me power to answer him.put [strength] in me.
7 When he of his mercy has given strength to maintain their cause.There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
8 Meaning, that if he considers God's justice, he is not able to comprehend his judgments on what side or whatever part he turns himself.Behold, I go forward, but he [is] not [there]; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
9 If to the North where he worketh, yet I cannot see him: he wil hide himselfe in the South, and I cannot beholde him.
10 But he knoweth theGod has this preeminence about me, that he knows my way: that is, that I am not able to judge his work, he shows also his confidence, that God uses him for his profit.way that I take: [when] he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foote hath followed his steps: his way haue I kept, and haue not declined.
12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I haveHis word is more precious to me than the meat with which the body is sustained.esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].
13 But he [is] in one [mind], and who canJob confesses that at the present he did not feel God's favour and yet was assured that God had appointed him to a good end.turn him? and [what] his soul desireth, even [that] he doeth.
14 For he performeth [the thing that is] appointed for me: andIn many points man is not able to attain to God's judgments.many such [things are] with him.
15 Therefore I am troubled at his presence, & in considering it, I am afraid of him.
16 ForThat I should not be without fear.God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
17 Because I was not cut off before theHe shows the cause for his fear, which is, that he being in trouble sees no end, nor yet knows the cause.darkness, [neither] hath he covered the darkness from my face.