2Even today my thoughts are embittered, for God's a 23:2 God's: so Gk; Heb. my. hand is heavy on me in my trouble. 3If only I knew how to reach him, how to enter his court, 4I should state my case before him and set out my arguments in full; 5then I should learn what answer he would give and understand what he had to say to me. 6Would he exert his great power to browbeat me? No; God himself would never set his face against me. 7There in his court the upright are vindicated, and I should win from my judge an outright acquittal. 8If I go to the east b 23:8 to the east: or forward. , he is not there; if west c west: or backward. , I cannot find him; 9when I turn d 23:9 I turn: prob. rdg; Heb. he turns. north e north: or left. , I do not descry him; I face f I face: so Syriac; Heb. he faces. south g south: or right. , but he is not to be seen. 10Yet he knows me in action and at rest h 23:10 me … rest: so Syriac; Heb. a way with me. ; when he tests me, I shall emerge like gold. 11My feet have kept to the path he has set me; without deviating I have kept to his way. 12I do not neglect the commands he issues, I have treasured in my heart i 23:12 in my heart: so Gk; Heb. from my allotted portion. all he says. 13When he decides j 23:13 he decides: prob. rdg; Heb. he in one. , who can turn him from his purpose? What he desires, he does. 14Whatever he determines for me, that he carries out; his mind is full of plans like these. 15That is why I am fearful of meeting him; when I think about it, I am afraid; 16it is God who makes me faint-hearted, the Almighty who fills me with fear, 17yet I am not reduced to silence by the darkness or k 23:17 yet I am not … or: or indeed I am … and. by the mystery which hides him.
a 23:2 God's: so Gk; Heb. my.
b 23:8 to the east: or forward.
c west: or backward.
d 23:9 I turn: prob. rdg; Heb. he turns.
e north: or left.
f I face: so Syriac; Heb. he faces.
g south: or right.
h 23:10 me … rest: so Syriac; Heb. a way with me.
i 23:12 in my heart: so Gk; Heb. from my allotted portion.
j 23:13 he decides: prob. rdg; Heb. he in one.
k 23:17 yet I am not … or: or indeed I am … and.