|Job 3:1 Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.|
|Job 3:2 And Job said,|
|Job 3:3 "Let the day perish on which I was to be born,
And the night which said, 'A boy is conceived.'
|Job 3:4 "May that day be darkness;
Let not God above care for it,
Nor light shine on it.
|Job 3:5 "Let darkness and black gloom claim it;
Let a cloud settle on it;
Let the blackness of the day terrify it.
|Job 3:6 "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.
|Job 3:7 "Behold, let that night be barren;
Let no joyful shout enter it.
|Job 3:8 "Let those curse it who curse the day,
Who are prepared to rouse Leviathan.
|Job 3:9 "Let the stars of its twilight be darkened;
Let it wait for light but have none,
And let it not see the breaking dawn;
|Job 3:10 Because it did not shut the opening of my mother's womb,
Or hide trouble from my eyes.
|Job 3:11 ¶ "Why did I not die at birth,
Come forth from the womb and expire?
|Job 3:12 "Why did the knees receive me,
And why the breasts, that I should suck?
|Job 3:13 "For now I would have lain down and been quiet;
I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,
|Job 3:14 With kings and with counselors of the earth,
Who rebuilt ruins for themselves;
|Job 3:15 Or with princes who had gold,
Who were filling their houses with silver.
|Job 3:16 "Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be,
As infants that never saw light.
|Job 3:17 "There the wicked cease from raging,
And there the weary are at rest.
|Job 3:18 "The prisoners are at ease together;
They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
|Job 3:19 "The small and the great are there,
And the slave is free from his master.
|Job 3:20 ¶ "Why is light given to him who suffers,
And life to the bitter of soul,
|Job 3:21 Who long for death, but there is none,
And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,
|Job 3:22 Who rejoice greatly,
And exult when they 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 groaning comes at the sight of my food,
And my cries pour out like water.
|Job 3:25 "For what I fear comes upon me,
And what I dread befalls me.
|Job 3:26 "I am not at ease, nor am I quiet,
And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes."