American Standard Version

Job 3

Job curseth the day and services of his birth.

Job 3:1 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. Job 3:2 And Job answered and said: Job 3:3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, And the night which said, There is a man-child conceived. Job 3:4 Let that day be darkness; Let not God from above seek for it, Neither let the light shine upon it. Job 3:5 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. Job 3:6 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. Job 3:7 Lo, let that night be barren; Let no joyful voice come therein. Job 3:8 Let them curse it that curse the day, Who are ready to rouse up leviathan. Job 3:9 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: Job 3:10 Because it shut not up the doors of my [mother's] womb, Nor hid trouble from mine eyes. Job 3:11 Why died I not from the womb? Why did I not give up the ghost when my mother bare me? Job 3:12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breast, that I should suck?

The ease of death.

Job 3:13 For now should I have lain down and been quiet; I should have slept; then had I been at rest, Job 3:14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, Who built up waste places for themselves; Job 3:15 Or with princes that had gold, Who filled their houses with silver: Job 3:16 Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants that never saw light. Job 3:17 There the wicked cease from troubling; And there the weary are at rest. Job 3:18 There the prisoners are at ease together; They hear not the voice of the taskmaster. Job 3:19 The small and the great are there: And the servant is free from his master.

He complaineth of life, because of his anguish.

Job 3:20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, And life unto the bitter in soul; Job 3:21 Who long for death, but it cometh not, And dig for it more than for hid treasures; Job 3:22 Who rejoice exceedingly, And are glad, when they can find the grave? Job 3:23 [Why is light given] to a man whose way is hid, And whom God hath hedged in? Job 3:24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, And my groanings are poured out like water. Job 3:25 For the thing which I fear cometh upon me, And that which I am afraid of cometh unto me. Job 3:26 I am not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest; But trouble cometh.

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