Job 3:1-10

1 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 daylight
terrify it.
6 If only darkness had taken that night away!
May it not appear
LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads rejoice
among 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 eyelids
of dawn.
10 For that night did not shut
the doors of my mother’s womb,
and hide sorrow from my eyes.

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