Chapter 3

JOB.3:1 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
JOB.3:2 And Job spoke, and said:
JOB.3:3 “May the day perish on which I was born, And the night in which it was said, ‘A male child is conceived.’
JOB.3:4 May that day be darkness; May God above not seek it, Nor the light shine upon it.
JOB.3:5 May darkness and the shadow of death claim it; May a cloud settle on it; May the blackness of the day terrify it.
JOB.3:6 As for that night, may darkness seize it; May it not rejoice among the days of the year, May it not come into the number of the months.
JOB.3:7 Oh, may that night be barren! May no joyful shout come into it!
JOB.3:8 May those curse it who curse the day, Those who are ready to arouse Leviathan.
JOB.3:9 May the stars of its morning be dark; May it look for light, but have none, And not see the dawning of the day;
JOB.3:10 Because it did not shut up the doors of my mother’s womb, Nor hide sorrow from my eyes.
JOB.3:11 “Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?
JOB.3:12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?
JOB.3:13 For now I would have lain still and been quiet, I would have been asleep; Then I would have been at rest
JOB.3:14 With kings and counselors of the earth, Who built ruins for themselves,
JOB.3:15 Or with princes who had gold, Who filled their houses with silver;
JOB.3:16 Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, Like infants who never saw light?
JOB.3:17 There the wicked cease from troubling, And there the weary are at rest.
JOB.3:18 There the prisoners rest together; They do not hear the voice of the oppressor.
JOB.3:19 The small and great are there, And the servant is free from his master.
JOB.3:20 “Why is light given to him who is in misery, And life to the bitter of soul,
JOB.3:21 Who long for death, but it does not come, And search for it more than hidden treasures;
JOB.3:22 Who rejoice exceedingly, And are glad when they can find the grave?
JOB.3:23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in?
JOB.3:24 For my sighing comes before I eat, And my groanings pour out like water.
JOB.3:25 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.
JOB.3:26 I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.”


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