Job 3
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1After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.1After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
2He said:2And Job spake, and said,
3"May the day of my birth perish, and the night that said, 'A boy is conceived!'3Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
4That day--may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine on it.4Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
5May gloom and utter darkness claim it once more; may a cloud settle over it; may blackness overwhelm it.5Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
6That night--may thick darkness seize it; may it not be included among the days of the year nor be entered in any of the months.6As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
7May that night be barren; may no shout of joy be heard in it.7Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
8May those who curse days curse that day, those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.8Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.
9May its morning stars become dark; may it wait for daylight in vain and not see the first rays of dawn,9Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:
10for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me to hide trouble from my eyes.10Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
11"Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?11Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
12Why were there knees to receive me and breasts that I might be nursed?12Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
13For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest13For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
14with kings and rulers of the earth, who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,14With kings and counsellers of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
15with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.15Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
16Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day?16Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
17There the wicked cease from turmoil, and there the weary are at rest.17There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
18Captives also enjoy their ease; they no longer hear the slave driver's shout.18There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
19The small and the great are there, and the slaves are freed from their owners.19The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
20"Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul,20Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;
21to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure,21Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
22who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave?22Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
23Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?23Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
24For sighing has become my daily food; my groans pour out like water.24For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
25What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.25For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
26I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil."26I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
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