King James Translators' Notes
After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
And Job spake, and said,
spake: Heb. answered
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
stain: or, challenge
let the...: or, let them terrify it, as those who have a bitter day
As 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.
let it not be...: or, let it not rejoice among the days
Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.
their...: or, leviathan
Let 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:
the dawning...: Heb. the eyelids of the morning
Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
With kings and counsellers of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
weary: Heb. wearied in strength
There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;
Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
long: Heb. wait
Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
I eat: Heb. my meat
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
the thing...: Heb. I feared a fear, and it came upon me
I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.