2 Today I will also speak with bitterness; my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
3 Oh, that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat!
4 I would order judgment before him and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know the words which he would answer me and understand what he would say unto me.
6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No, but rather he would put it in me.
7 There the righteous might dispute with him; and should I escape for ever from the one who condemns me.
8 ¶ Behold, I shall go to the east and not find him; and to the west, but I cannot perceive him;
9 if he is working to the north, I shall not see him; to the south, he hides himself, that I shall not see him.
10 But he has known the way that I take; he has tried me, and I have come forth as gold.
11 My feet have held to his steps, I have kept his way, and have not departed.
12 Neither have I separated myself from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
13 ¶ But if he determines something, who can turn him? His soul desired it, and he did it.
14 Therefore, he will finish that which is necessary for me; and there are many such things in him.
15 Therefore, I shall fear before his face; I shall consider, and I shall fear him.
16 For God has made my heart tender, and the Almighty has frightened me.
17 Why was I not cut off before the darkness, neither has he covered my face with the darkness.