Job 3
New Living TranslationNew American Standard Bible 1995
1At last Job spoke, and he cursed the day of his birth.1Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
2He said:2And Job said,
3“Let the day of my birth be erased, and the night I was conceived.3"Let the day perish on which I was to be born, And the night which 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.4"May that day be darkness; Let not God above care for it, Nor light shine on 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.5"Let darkness and black gloom claim it; Let a cloud settle on it; Let the blackness of the day terrify 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.6"As for that night, let darkness seize it; Let it not rejoice among the days of the year; Let it not come into the number of the months.
7Let that night be childless. Let it have no joy.7"Behold, let that night be barren; Let no joyful shout enter it.
8Let those who are experts at cursing— whose cursing could rouse Leviathan — curse that day.8"Let those curse it who curse the day, Who are 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.9"Let the stars of its twilight be darkened; Let it wait for light but have none, And let it not see the breaking dawn;
10Curse that day for failing to shut my mother’s womb, for letting me be born to see all this trouble.10Because it did not shut the opening of my mother's womb, Or hide trouble from my eyes.
11“Why wasn’t I born dead? Why didn’t I die as I came from the womb?11"Why did I not die at birth, Come forth from the womb and expire?
12Why was I laid on my mother’s lap? Why did she nurse me at her breasts?12"Why did the knees receive me, And why the breasts, that I should suck?
13Had I died at birth, I would now be at peace. I would be asleep and at rest.13"For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,
14I would rest with the world’s kings and prime ministers, whose great buildings now lie in ruins.14With kings and with counselors of the earth, Who rebuilt ruins for themselves;
15I would rest with princes, rich in gold, whose palaces were filled with silver.15Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver.
16Why wasn’t I buried like a stillborn child, like a baby who never lives to see the light?16"Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.
17For in death the wicked cause no trouble, and the weary are at rest.17"There the wicked cease from raging, And there the weary are at rest.
18Even captives are at ease in death, with no guards to curse them.18"The prisoners are at ease together; They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
19Rich and poor are both there, and the slave is free from his master.19"The small and the great are there, And the slave is free from his master.
20“Oh, why give light to those in misery, and life to those who are bitter?20"Why is light given to him who suffers, 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, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,
22They’re filled with joy when they finally die, and rejoice when they find the grave.22Who rejoice greatly, And exult when they find the grave?
23Why is life given to those with no future, those God has surrounded with difficulties?23"Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in?
24I cannot eat for sighing; my groans pour out like water.24"For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water.
25What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true.25"For what I fear comes upon me, And what I dread befalls me.
26I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.”26"I am not at ease, nor am I quiet, And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes."
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