New International Version
Cursed be the day I was born! May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!
King James Bible
Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed.
Darby Bible Translation
Cursed be the day wherein I was born; let not the day wherein my mother bore me be blessed!
World English Bible
Cursed is the day in which I was born: don't let the day in which my mother bore me be blessed.
Young's Literal Translation
Cursed is the day in which I was born, The day that my mother bare me, Let it not be blessed!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Cursed be the day wherein I was born - If we take these words literally, and suppose them to be in their proper place, they are utterly inconsistent with that state of confidence in which he exulted a few minutes before. If they are the language of Jeremiah, they must have been spoken on a prior occasion, when probably he had given way to a passionate hastiness. They might well comport with the state he was in Jeremiah 20:9. I really believe these verses have got out of their proper place, which I conjecture to be between the eighth and ninth verses. There they will come in very properly; and might have been a part of his complaint in those moments when he had purposed to flee from God as did Jonah, and prophesy no more in his name. Transpositions in this prophet are frequent; therefore place these five verses after the eighth, and let the chapter end with the thirteenth, and the whole will form a piece of exquisite poetry, where the state of despair and the hasty resolutions he had formed while under its influence, and the state of confidence to which he was raised by the succouring influence of God, will appear to be both illustrative of each other, and are touched with a delicacy and fervor which even a cold heart must admire. See Job 3:3 (note), and the notes there. The two passages are very similar.
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1 Kings 19:4
while he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors."
"May the day of my birth perish, and the night that said, 'A boy is conceived!'
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.
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