Job 3
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1Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.1After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
2And Job said,2And Job spake, and said,
3"Let the day perish on which I was to be born, And the night which said, 'A boy is conceived.'3Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
4"May that day be darkness; Let not God above care for it, Nor light shine on it.4Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
5"Let darkness and black gloom claim it; Let a cloud settle on it; Let the blackness of the day terrify it.5Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
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.6As 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.
7"Behold, let that night be barren; Let no joyful shout enter it.7Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
8"Let those curse it who curse the day, Who are prepared to rouse Leviathan.8Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.
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;9Let 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:
10Because it did not shut the opening of my mother's womb, Or hide trouble from my eyes.10Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
11"Why did I not die at birth, Come forth from the womb and expire?11Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
12"Why did the knees receive me, And why the breasts, that I should suck?12Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
13"For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,13For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
14With kings and with counselors of the earth, Who rebuilt ruins for themselves;14With kings and counsellers of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
15Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver.15Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
16"Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.16Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
17"There the wicked cease from raging, And there the weary are at rest.17There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
18"The prisoners are at ease together; They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.18There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
19"The small and the great are there, And the slave is free from his master.19The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
20"Why is light given to him who suffers, And life to the bitter of soul,20Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;
21Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,21Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
22Who rejoice greatly, And exult when they find the grave?22Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
23"Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in?23Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
24"For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water.24For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
25"For what I fear comes upon me, And what I dread befalls me.25For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
26"I am not at ease, nor am I quiet, And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes."26I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
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