Job 31 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. 2 And Job answered and said: 3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, And the night which said, There is a man-child conceived. 4 Let that day be darkness; Let not God from above seek for it, Neither let the light shine upon it. 5 Let darkness and ▼ the shadow of death claim it for their own; Let a cloud dwell upon it; Let all that maketh black the day terrify it. ▼
▼ 1) Or deep darkness (and so elsewhere)6 As for that night, let thick darkness seize upon it: Let it not rejoice among the days of the year; Let it not come into the number of the months. 7 Lo, let that night be ▼ barren; Let no joyful voice come therein. ▼
▼ 1) Or solitary8 Let them curse it that curse the day, Who are ▼ ready to rouse up leviathan. ▼
▼ 1) Or skilful9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark: Let it look for light, but have none; Neither let it behold the eyelids of the morning: 10 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother’s womb, Nor hid trouble from mine eyes. 11 Why died I not from the womb? Why did I not give up the ghost when my mother bare me? 12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breast, that I should suck? 13 For now should I have lain down and been quiet; I should have slept; then had I been at rest, 14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, Who ▼ built up waste places for themselves; ▼
▼ 1) Or built solitary piles15 Or with princes that had gold, Who filled their houses with silver: 16 Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants that never saw light. 17 There the wicked cease from ▼ troubling; And there the weary are at rest. ▼
▼ 1) Or raging18 There the prisoners are at ease together; They hear not the voice of the taskmaster. 19 The small and the great are there: And the servant is free from his master. 20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, And life unto the bitter in soul; 21 Who ▼ long for death, but it cometh not, And dig for it more than for hid treasures; ▼
▼ 1) Heb wait22 Who rejoice ▼ exceedingly, And are glad, when they can find the grave? ▼
▼ 1) Or unto exultation23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, And whom God hath hedged in? 24 For my sighing cometh ▼ before I eat, And my ▼
▼ 2groanings are poured out like water. ▼
▼ 1) Or like my food 2) Heb roarings25 For ▼ the thing which I fear cometh upon me, And that which I am afraid of cometh unto me. ▼
▼ 1) Or the thing which I feared is come etc26 I ▼ am not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest; But trouble cometh. ▼
▼ 1) Or was not at ease…yet trouble came
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