Bishops' Bible

Job 3

Job curseth the day and services of his birth.

Job 3:1 After this opened Iob his mouth, and cursed his day, Job 3:2 And Iob aunswered, and sayde: Job 3:3 Let the day perishe wherin I was borne, and the night in the whiche it was sayd, There is a man childe conceaued. Job 3:4 The same day be [turned to] darknesse, and not regarded of God from aboue, neither let the light shyne vpon it: Job 3:5 But let it be stayned with darknesse and the shadowe of death, let the [dimme] cloude fall vpon it, whiche may make it terrible as a most bitter day. Job 3:6 Let the darke storme ouercome that night, and let it not be ioyned vnto the dayes of the yere, nor counted in the number of the monethes. Job 3:7 Desolate be that night, and without gladnesse. Job 3:8 Let them that curse the day, and that be redy to rayse vp mourning, geue it also their curse. Job 3:9 Let the starres of that night be dimme thorowe darkenesse of it, let it loke for light, but haue none, neither let it see the dawning of the day: Job 3:10 Because it shut not vp the doores of my mothers wombe, nor hyd sorowe from myne eyes. Job 3:11 [Alas] why died I not in the birth? why dyd not I perishe assoone as I came out of [my mothers] wombe? Job 3:12 Why set they me vpon their knees? why gaue they me sucke with their brestes?

The ease of death.

Job 3:13 Then should I nowe haue lyen stil, I shoulde haue slept, and ben at rest, Job 3:14 Lyke as the kinges and lordes of the earth, which haue buylded them selues speciall places, Job 3:15 Or as the princes that haue had golde, and their houses full of siluer: Job 3:16 Or [why] was not I hyd, as a thing borne out of tune, [either] as young children which neuer sawe the light? Job 3:17 There must the wicked ceasse from their tyrannie, and there such as laboured valiauntly be at rest: Job 3:18 There the prisoners rest together, they heare no more the voyce of the oppressour: Job 3:19 There are small and great, and the seruaunt [is] free from his maister.

He complaineth of life, because of his anguish.

Job 3:20 Wherefore is the light geuen to hym that is in miserie? & lyfe vnto them that haue heauy heartes? Job 3:21 Whiche long for death and finde it not, though they search more for it than for treasures: Job 3:22 Which reioyce exceedingly, and be glad when they can finde the graue, Job 3:23 From whom their endes are hyd, and consealed by God? Job 3:24 For my sighes come before I eate, and my roringes are powred out like the water: Job 3:25 For the thing that I feared is come vpon me, and the thing that I was afrayde of is happened vnto me, Job 3:26 Was I not happy? Had I not quietnesse? Was I not in rest? And nowe commeth such miserie vpon me.

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