3 1AFTER THIS, Job opened his mouth and cursed his day (birthday). 2And Job said, 3Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night which announced, There is a man-child conceived. 4Let that day be darkness! May not God above regard it, nor light shine upon it. 5Let gloom and deep darkness claim it for their own; let a cloud dwell upon it; let all that blackens the day terrify it (the day that I was born). 6As for that night, let thick darkness seize it; let it not rejoice among the days of the year; let it not come into the number of the months. 7Yes, let that night be solitary and barren; let no joyful voice come into it. 8Let those curse it who curse the day, who are skilled in rousing up Leviathan. 9Let the stars of the early dawn of that day be dark; let [the morning] look in vain for the light, nor let it behold the day’s dawning, 10Because it shut not the doors of my mother’s womb nor hid sorrow and trouble from my eyes. 11Why was I not stillborn? Why did I not give up the ghost when my mother bore me? 12Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should suck? 13For then would I have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept; then would I have been at rest [in death] 14With kings and counselors of the earth, who built up [now] desolate ruins for themselves, 15Or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver. 16Or [why] was I not a miscarriage, hidden and put away, as infants who never saw light? 17There [in death] the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest. 18There the [captive] prisoners rest together; they hear not the taskmaster’s voice. 19The small and the great are there, and the servant is free from his master. 20Why is light [of life] given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul, 21Who long and wait for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures, 22Who rejoice exceedingly and are elated when they find the grave? 23[Why is the light of day given] to a man whose way is hidden, and whom God has hedged in? 24For my sighing comes before my food, and my groanings are poured out like water. 25For the thing which I greatly fear comes upon me, and that of which I am afraid befalls me. 26I was not or am not at ease, nor had I or have I rest, nor was I or am I quiet, yet trouble came and still comes [upon me].
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