Job 3:3
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New International Version
"May the day of my birth perish, and the night that said, 'A boy is conceived!'

New Living Translation
"Let the day of my birth be erased, and the night I was conceived.

English Standard Version
“Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, ‘A man is conceived.’

New American Standard Bible
"Let the day perish on which I was to be born, And the night which said, 'A boy is conceived.'

King James Bible
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May the day I was born perish, and the night when they said, "A boy is conceived."

International Standard Version
"Let the day when I was born be annihilated, along with the night when it was announced, 'It's a boy!'

NET Bible
"Let the day on which I was born perish, and the night that said, 'A man has been conceived!'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Scratch out the day I was born and the night that said, 'A boy has been conceived!'

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let the day perish in which I was born and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.

King James 2000 Bible
Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a male child conceived.

American King James Version
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.

American Standard Version
Let the day perish wherein I was born, And the night which said, There is a man-child conceived.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said: A man child is conceived.

Darby Bible Translation
Let the day perish in which I was born, and the night that said, There is a man child conceived.

English Revised Version
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night which said, There is a man child conceived.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let the day perish in which I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a mail child conceived.

World English Bible
"Let the day perish in which I was born, the night which said, 'There is a boy conceived.'

Young's Literal Translation
Let the day perish in which I am born, And the night that hath said: 'A man-child hath been conceived.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-10 For seven days Job's friends sat by him in silence, without offering consolidation: at the same time Satan assaulted his mind to shake his confidence, and to fill him with hard thoughts of God. The permission seems to have extended to this, as well as to torturing the body. Job was an especial type of Christ, whose inward sufferings, both in the garden and on the cross, were the most dreadful; and arose in a great degree from the assaults of Satan in that hour of darkness. These inward trials show the reason of the change that took place in Job's conduct, from entire submission to the will of God, to the impatience which appears here, and in other parts of the book. The believer, who knows that a few drops of this bitter cup are more dreadful than the sharpest outward afflictions, while he is favoured with a sweet sense of the love and presence of God, will not be surprised to find that Job proved a man of like passions with others; but will rejoice that Satan was disappointed, and could not prove him a hypocrite; for though he cursed the day of his birth, he did not curse his God. Job doubtless was afterwards ashamed of these wishes, and we may suppose what must be his judgment of them now he is in everlasting happiness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let the day perish wherein I was born,.... Here begins Job's form of cursing his day, and which explains what is meant by it; and it may be understood either of the identical day of his birth, and then the sense is, that he wished that had never been, or, in other words, that he had never been born; and though these were impossible, and Job knew it, and therefore such wishes may seem to be in vain, yet Job had a design herein, which was to show the greatness of his afflictions, and the sense he had of them: or else of his birthday, as it returned year after year; and then his meaning is, let it not be kept and observed with any solemnity, with feasting and other expressions of joy, as the birthdays of great personages especially were, and his own very probably had been, since his children's were, Job 1:4; but now he desires it might not be so for the future, but be entirely disregarded; he would have it perish out of his own memory, and out of the memory of others, and even be struck out of the calendar, and not be reckoned with the days of the month and year, Job 3:6; both may be intended, both the very day on which he was born, and the yearly return of it:

and the night in which it was said, there is a man child conceived; that is, let that night perish also; he wishes it had not been, or he had not been conceived, or for the future be never mentioned, but eternally forgotten: Job goes back to his conception, as being the spring of his sorrows; for this he knew as well as David, that he was shapen in iniquity, and conceived in sin, see Job 14:4; but rather, since the particular night or time of conception is not ordinarily, easily, and exactly known by women themselves, and much less by men; and more especially it could not be told what sex it was, whether male or female that was conceived, and the tidings of it could not be brought by any; it seems better with Aben Ezra to render the word (w), "there is a man child brought forth", which used to be an occasion of joy, John 16:21; and so the word is used to bear or bring forth, 1 Chronicles 4:17; see Jeremiah 20:15; and, according to him, it was a doubt whether Job was born in the day or in the night; but be it which it will, if he was born in the day, he desires it might perish; and if in the night, he wishes the same to that; though the words may be rendered in a beautiful and elegant manner nearer the original, "and the night which said, a man child is conceived" (x); representing, by a prosopopoeia, the night as a person conscious of the conception, as an eyewitness of it, and exulting at it, as Schultens observes.

(w) "in lucem editus est vir", Mercerus; "creatus, progenitus", Drusius, so the Targum; "conceptus et natus est vir, vel mas", Michaelis; so Ben Melech. (x) "et nox quae dixit", Mercerus, Gussetius, Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. the night in which—rather "the night which said." The words in italics are not in the Hebrew. Night is personified and poetically made to speak. So in Job 3:7, and in Ps 19:2. The birth of a male in the East is a matter of joy; often not so of a female.

Job 3:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job Laments his Birth
2And Job said, 3"Let the day perish on which I was to be born, And the night which said, 'A boy is conceived.' 4"May that day be darkness; Let not God above care for it, Nor light shine on it.…
Cross References
Job 3:2
He said:

Job 3:4
That day--may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine on it.

Jeremiah 15:10
Alas, my mother, that you gave me birth, a man with whom the whole land strives and contends! I have neither lent nor borrowed, yet everyone curses me.

Jeremiah 20:14
Cursed be the day I was born! May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!
Treasury of Scripture

Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.

Let the day. That is, as we say, 'Let it be blotted out of the calendar.'

Job 10:18,19 Why then have you brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had …

Jeremiah 15:10 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and …

Jeremiah 20:14,15 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my …

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