|Job 3 |
1 After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed his [birth] day.
2 And Job said,
3 "Let the day perish in which I was born, and the night in which it was said, 'There is a man child conceived.'
4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
6 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined to the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
7 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come in it.
8 Let those who curse the day curse it, who are ready to raise the Leviathan.
9 Let the stars of its twilight be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day;
10 Because it did not shut up the doors of my mother's womb, nor did it hide sorrow from my eyes.
11 Why did I not die in the womb? Why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
12 Why did the knees receive me, or why [did] the breasts allow that I should suck?
13 For then I would have lain still and been quiet, I would have slept; for then I would have been at rest [in death],
14 With kings and counselors of the earth, who build up desolate places for themselves;
15 Or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver?
16 Or why was I not hidden in the ground, buried as a miscarriage; as infants that never saw light?
17 There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest.
18 There the prisoners rest together; they do not hear the voice of the oppressor.
19 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
20 Why is light [of life] given to him who is in misery, and [is godly] life [given] to the bitter in soul;
21 Who long for death, but it does not come; and dig for it more than for hidden treasures;
22 Who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, and whom God has hedged in?
24 For my sighing comes before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
25 For the thing which I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I was afraid of has come to me.
26 I was not in ease, neither did I have rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came."
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