Job 3

Job’s Lament

1Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed
Lit his day
the day of his birth.
2And Job
Lit answered and said
said,
3 c  Let the day perish on which I was to be born,
And the night which said, ‘A
Lit man-child
boy is conceived.’
4May that day be darkness;
Let not God above care for it,
Nor light shine on it.
5“Let e  darkness and black gloom claim it;
Let a cloud settle on it;
Let the blackness of the day terrify it.
6As 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.
7Behold, let that night be barren;
Let no joyful shout enter it.
8Let those curse it who curse the day,
Who are
Or skillful
prepared to g  rouse Leviathan.
9Let the stars of its twilight be darkened;
Let it wait for light but have none,
And let it not see the
Lit eyelids
breaking dawn;
10Because it did not shut the opening of my mother’s womb,
Or hide trouble from my eyes.

11 i  Why did I not die
Lit from the womb
at birth,
Come forth from the womb and expire?
12Why did the knees receive me,
And why the breasts, that I should suck?
13For now I k  would have lain down and been quiet;
I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,
14With l  kings and with m  counselors of the earth,
Who rebuilt n  ruins for themselves;
15Or with o  princes p  who had gold,
Who were filling their houses with silver.
16Or like a miscarriage which is
Lit hidden
discarded, I would not be,
As infants that never saw light.
17There the wicked cease from raging,
And there the
Lit weary of strength
weary are at s  rest.
18The prisoners are at ease together;
They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
19The small and the great are there,
And the slave is free from his master.

20Why is t  light given to him who suffers,
And life to the bitter of soul,
21Who
Lit wait
,
v  long for death, but there is none,
And dig for it more than for w  hidden treasures,
22Who rejoice greatly,
And exult when they find the grave?
23Why is light given to a man x  whose way is hidden,
And whom y  God has hedged in?
24“For z  my groaning comes at the sight of my food,
And aa  my cries pour out like water.
25“For
Lit the fear I fear and
,
ac  what I fear comes upon me,
And what I dread befalls me.
26“I ad  am not at ease, nor am I quiet,
And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes.”

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