Job’s Opening Speech1 After this, Job began to speak and cursed the day he was born. 2 He said: 3 May the day I was born perish,
and the night when they said,
“A boy is conceived.” a
4 If only that day had turned to darkness!
May God above not care about it,
or light shine on it.
5 May darkness and gloom b reclaim it,
and a cloud settle over it.
May an eclipse of the sun ▼
▼Lit May a darkening of daylightterrify it.
6 If only darkness had taken that night away!
May it not appear ▼
▼LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads rejoiceamong the days of the year
or be listed in the calendar. ▼
▼Lit or enter the number of months
7 Yes, may that night be barren;
may no joyful shout f be heard in it.
8 Let those who curse certain days
cast a spell g on it,
those who are skilled in rousing ▼
▼Leviathan: Or twisting one; a mythological sea serpent or dragon associated with the chaos at creation. Sometimes it is applied to an animal such as a crocodile.Leviathan. i
9 May its morning stars grow dark.
May it wait for daylight but have none;
may it not see the breaking ▼
▼Lit the eyelidsof dawn.
10 For that night did not shut
the doors of my mother’s womb,
and hide sorrow from my eyes.
11 Why was I not stillborn;
why didn’t I die as I came from the womb? k
12 Why did the knees receive me,
and why were there breasts for me to nurse? l
13 Now I would certainly be lying down in peace;
I would be asleep. m
Then I would be at rest n
14 with the kings and counselors o of the earth,
who rebuilt ruined cities for themselves,
15 or with princes who had gold,
who filled their houses p with silver.
16 Or why was I not hidden like a miscarried child q
like infants who never see daylight?
17 There the wicked r cease to make trouble,
and there the weary find rest.
18 The captives are completely at ease; s
they do not hear the voice of their oppressor. t
19 Both small and great are there,
and the slave is set free from his master. u
20 Why is light given to one burdened with grief,
and life to those whose existence is bitter v
21 who wait for death w but it does not come,
and search for it more than for hidden treasure,
22 who are filled with much joy
and are glad when they reach the grave? x
23 Why is life given to a man whose path is hidden y
whom God has hedged in?
24 I sigh when food z is put before me, ▼
▼Or My sighing serves as my food
and my groans pour out like water. ab
25 For the thing I feared has overtaken me,
and what I dreaded has happened to me. ac
26 I cannot relax or be still;
I have no rest ad for trouble comes.
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