3 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2 And Job 1spoke, and said:
3 “May athe day perish on which I was born,
And the night in which it was said,
‘A male child is conceived.’
May God above not seek it,
Nor the light shine upon it.
5 May darkness and bthe shadow of death claim it;
May a cloud settle on it;
May the blackness of the day terrify it.
May it not 2rejoice among the days of the year,
May it not come into the number of the months.
May no joyful shout come into it!
Those cwho are ready to arouse Leviathan.
May it look for light, but have none,
And not see the 3dawning of the day;
Nor hide sorrow from my eyes.
11 “Why ddid I not die at birth?
Why did I not 4perish when I came from the womb?
12 eWhy did the knees receive me?
Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?
I would have been asleep;
Then I would have been at rest
Who fbuilt ruins for themselves,
Who filled their houses with silver;
16 Or why was I not hidden glike a stillborn child,
Like infants who never saw light?
18 There the prisoners 6rest together;
iThey do not hear the voice of the oppressor.
And the servant is free from his master.
20 “Why jis light given to him who is in misery,
And life to the kbitter of soul,
And search for it more than mhidden treasures;
And are glad when they can find the ngrave?
oAnd whom God has hedged in?
24 For my sighing comes before 8I eat,
And my groanings pour out like water.
25 For the thing I greatly pfeared has come upon me,
And what I dreaded has happened to me.
I have no rest, for trouble comes.”
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