Job, Chapter 3

3:1 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
3:2 And Job answered and said:
3:3 Let the day perish in which I was born, And the night which said, A [noble] man was conceived.
3:4 Let that day be darkness; Don't let God from above seek for it, Neither let the light shine on it.
3:5 Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it for their own; Let a cloud stay on it; Let all that makes blackness of day terrify it.
3:6 As for that night, let thick darkness seize on it: Don't let it rejoice among the days of the year; Don't let it come into the number of the months.
3:7 Look, let that night be barren; Let no joyful voice come in it.
3:8 Let them curse it who curse the day, Who are ready to rouse up leviathan.
3:9 Let the stars of its twilight be dark: Let it look for light, but have none; Neither let it see the eyelids of the morning:
3:10 Because it did not shut up the doors of my [mother's] womb, Nor hid trouble from my eyes.
3:11 Why didn't I die from the womb? Why didn't I give up the ghost when my mother bore me?
3:12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should be nursed?
3:13 For now I should have lain down and been quiet; I should have slept; then I would have been at rest,
3:14 With kings and counselors of the earth, Who built up waste places for themselves;
3:15 Or with princes who had gold, Who filled their houses with silver:
3:16 Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants who never saw light.
3:17 There the wicked cease from troubling; And there the weary are at rest.
3:18 There the prisoners are at ease together; They don't hear the voice of the taskmaster.
3:19 The small and the great are there: And the slave is free from his master.
3:20 Why is light given to him who is in misery, And life to the bitter in soul?
3:21 Who long for death, but it does not come, And dig for it more than for hid treasures;
3:22 Who rejoice exceedingly, And are glad, when they can find the grave
3:23 To a [noble] man whose way is hid, And whom God has hedged in.
3:24 For my sighing comes before I eat, And my groanings are poured out like water.
3:25 For the thing which I fear comes on me, And that which I am afraid of comes to me.
3:26 I am not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest; But trouble comes.

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