Job 23:2
23:2 Even to day [is] my complaint {a} bitter: my stroke is
     heavier than my groaning.

     (a) He 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.

Job 23:6
23:6 Will he {b} plead against me with [his] great power? No;
     but he would {c} put [strength] in me.

     (b) Using his absolute power and saying because I am God, I
         may do what I will.
     (c) Of his mercy he would give me power to answer him.

Job 23:7
23:7 {d} There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I
     be delivered for ever from my judge.

     (d) When he of his mercy has given strength to maintain
         their cause.

Job 23:8
23:8 {e} Behold, I go forward, but he [is] not [there]; and
     backward, but I cannot perceive him:

     (e) 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.

Job 23:10
23:10 But he knoweth the {f} way that I take: [when] he hath
      tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

      (f) God 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

Job 23:12
23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips;
      I have {g} esteemed the words of his mouth more than my
      necessary [food].

      (g) His word is more precious to me than the meat with
          which the body is sustained.

Job 23:13
23:13 But he [is] in one [mind], and who can {h} turn him? and
      [what] his soul desireth, even [that] he doeth.

      (h) Job 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.

Job 23:14
23:14 For he performeth [the thing that is] appointed for me:
      and {i} many such [things are] with him.

      (i) In many points man is not able to attain to God's

Job 23:16
23:16 For {k} God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty
      troubleth me:

      (k) That I should not be without fear.

Job 23:17
23:17 Because I was not cut off before the {l} darkness,
      [neither] hath he covered the darkness from my face.

      (l) He shows the cause for his fear, which is, that he
          being in trouble sees no end, nor yet knows the cause.