Job 3
New Living TranslationBerean Study Bible
1At last Job spoke, and he cursed the day of his birth.1After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
2He said:2And this is what he said:
3“Let the day of my birth be erased, and the night I was conceived.3“May the day of my birth perish, and the night it was said, ‘A boy is conceived.’
4Let that day be turned to darkness. Let it be lost even to God on high, and let no light shine on it.4If only that day had turned to darkness! May God above disregard it; may no light shine upon it.
5Let the darkness and utter gloom claim that day for its own. Let a black cloud overshadow it, and let the darkness terrify it.5May darkness and gloom reclaim it, and a cloud settle over it; may the blackness of the day overwhelm it.
6Let that night be blotted off the calendar, never again to be counted among the days of the year, never again to appear among the months.6If only darkness had taken that night away! May it not appear among the days of the year; may it never be entered in any of the months.
7Let that night be childless. Let it have no joy.7Behold, may that night be barren; may no joyful voice come into it.
8Let those who are experts at cursing— whose cursing could rouse Leviathan — curse that day.8May it be cursed by those who curse the day—those prepared to rouse Leviathan.
9Let its morning stars remain dark. Let it hope for light, but in vain; may it never see the morning light.9May its morning stars grow dark; may it wait in vain for daylight; may it not see the breaking of dawn.
10Curse that day for failing to shut my mother’s womb, for letting me be born to see all this trouble.10For that night did not shut the doors of the womb to hide the sorrow from my eyes.
11“Why wasn’t I born dead? Why didn’t I die as I came from the womb?11Why did I not perish at birth; why did I not die as I came from the womb?
12Why was I laid on my mother’s lap? Why did she nurse me at her breasts?12Why were there knees to receive me, and breasts that I should be nursed?
13Had I died at birth, I would now be at peace. I would be asleep and at rest.13For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest
14I would rest with the world’s kings and prime ministers, whose great buildings now lie in ruins.14with kings and counselors of the earth, who built for themselves cities now in ruins,
15I would rest with princes, rich in gold, whose palaces were filled with silver.15or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.
16Why wasn’t I buried like a stillborn child, like a baby who never lives to see the light?16Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, like an infant who never sees daylight?
17For in death the wicked cause no trouble, and the weary are at rest.17There the wicked cease from raging, and there the weary find rest.
18Even captives are at ease in death, with no guards to curse them.18The captives enjoy their ease; they do not hear the voice of the oppressor.
19Rich and poor are both there, and the slave is free from his master.19Both small and great are there, and the slave is freed from his master.
20“Oh, why give light to those in misery, and life to those who are bitter?20Why is light given to the miserable, and life to the bitter of soul,
21They long for death, and it won’t come. They search for death more eagerly than for hidden treasure.21who long for death that does not come, and search for it like hidden treasure,
22They’re filled with joy when they finally die, and rejoice when they find the grave.22who rejoice and greatly exult when they can find the grave?
23Why is life given to those with no future, those God has surrounded with difficulties?23Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?
24I cannot eat for sighing; my groans pour out like water.24I sigh when food is put before me, and my groans pour out like water.
25What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true.25For the thing I feared has overtaken me, and what I dreaded has befallen me.
26I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.”26I am not at ease or quiet; I have no rest, for trouble has come.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.The Berean Bible (Berean Study Bible (BSB) © 2016, 2018 by Bible Hub and Berean.Bible. Used by Permission. All rights Reserved.
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