Job 3:1
New International Version
After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

New Living Translation
At last Job spoke, and he cursed the day of his birth.

English Standard Version
After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

Berean Study Bible
After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

King James Bible
After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

New King James Version
After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

New American Standard Bible
Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

NASB 1995
Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

NASB 1977
Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

Amplified Bible
After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

Christian Standard Bible
After this, Job began to speak and cursed the day he was born.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After this, Job began to speak and cursed the day he was born.

American Standard Version
After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And after this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day on which he was born

Brenton Septuagint Translation
After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day,

Contemporary English Version
Finally, Job cursed the day of his birth

Douay-Rheims Bible
After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day,

English Revised Version
After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

Good News Translation
Finally Job broke the silence and cursed the day on which he had been born.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After all this, Job [finally] opened his mouth and cursed the day he was born.

International Standard Version
After this, Job spoke up solemnly, cursing the day he was born.

JPS Tanakh 1917
After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

Literal Standard Version
After this Job has opened his mouth, and reviles his day.

NET Bible
After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day he was born.

New Heart English Bible
After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day.

World English Bible
After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed the day of his birth.

Young's Literal Translation
After this hath Job opened his mouth, and revileth his day.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Laments His Birth
1After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2And this is what he said:…

Cross References
Job 2:13
Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights, but no one spoke a word to him because they saw how intense his suffering was.

Job 3:2
And this is what he said:

Jeremiah 15:10
Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me, a man of strife and conflict in all the land. I have neither lent nor borrowed, yet everyone curses me.


Treasury of Scripture

After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

After.

Job 1:22
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Job 2:10
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

opened.

Job 35:16
Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.

Psalm 39:2,3
I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred…

Psalm 106:33
Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.

cursed.

Job 3:3
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.

Job 1:11
But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Job 2:5,9
But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face…

his day.









III.

(1) After this opened Job his mouth.--There is a striking similarity between this chapter and Jeremiah 20:14-18, so much so that one must be borrowed from the other; the question is, which is the original? Is Jeremiah the germ of this? or is this the tree from which a branch has been hewn by Jeremiah? Our own conviction is that Job is the original, inasmuch as this chapter is indispensable to the development of the poem; but in Jeremiah the passage occurs casually as the record of a passing mood of despair. It is, moreover, apparently clear that Jeremiah is quoting Job as he might quote one of the Psalms or any other writing with which he was familiar. He was applying to daily life the well-known expression of a patriarchal experience, whereas in the other case the words of Job would be the ideal magnifying of a commonplace and realistic experience.

Verse 1. - After this opened Job his mouth. The first to take the word is Job, as, indeed, etiquette made necessary, when the visit paid was one of condolence. It can only be conjectured what the feelings were which had kept him silent so long. We may, perhaps, suggest that in the countenances and manner of his friends he saw something which displeased him, something indicative of their belief that he had brought his afflictions upon himself by secret sins of a heinous character. Pharisaism finds it very difficult to conceal itself; signs of it are almost sure to escape; often it manifests itself, without a word spoken, most offensively. The phrase, "opened his mouth," is not to be dismissed merely as a Hebraism. It is one used only on solemn occasions, and implies the utterance of deep thoughts, well considered beforehand (Psalm 78:21; Matthew 5:2), or of feelings long repressed, and now at length allowed expression. And cursed his day; "cursed," i.e., the "day of his birth." Some critics think that "cursed" is too strong a word, and suggest "reviled;" but it cannot be denied that "to curse" is a frequent meaning of קָלַל and it is difficult to see in Job's words (vers. 3-10) anything but a "curse" of a very intense character. To curse one's natal day is not, perhaps, a very wise act, since it can have no effect on the day or on anything else; but so great a prophet as Jeremiah imitated Job in this respect (Jeremiah 20:14-18), so that before Christianity it would seem that men were allowed thus to relieve their feelings. All that such cursing means is that one wishes one had never been born.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
After
אַחֲרֵי־ (’a·ḥă·rê-)
Preposition
Strong's 310: The hind or following part

this,
כֵ֗ן (ḵên)
Adverb
Strong's 3651: So -- thus

Job
אִיּוֹב֙ (’î·yō·wḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 347: Job -- a patriarch

opened
פָּתַ֤ח (pā·ṯaḥ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

his mouth
פִּ֔יהוּ (pî·hū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

and cursed
וַיְקַלֵּ֖ל (way·qal·lêl)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7043: To be slight, swift or trifling

the day of his [birth].
יוֹמֽוֹ׃ (yō·w·mōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day


Jump to Previous
Afterward Birth Cursed Cursing Job Mouth Opened Opening Revileth
Jump to Next
Afterward Birth Cursed Cursing Job Mouth Opened Opening Revileth
Links
Job 3:1 NIV
Job 3:1 NLT
Job 3:1 ESV
Job 3:1 NASB
Job 3:1 KJV

Job 3:1 BibleApps.com
Job 3:1 Biblia Paralela
Job 3:1 Chinese Bible
Job 3:1 French Bible
Job 3:1 Clyx Quotations

OT Poetry: Job 3:1 After this Job opened his mouth (Jb)
Job 2:13
Top of Page
Top of Page