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Job 3

Job curseth the day and services of his birth.

Job 3:1 After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed his day. Job 3:2 And Job answered and said, Job 3:3 Let the day perish in which I was born, and the night that said, There is a man child conceived. Job 3:4 That day—let it be darkness, let not +God care for it from above, neither let light shine upon it: Job 3:5 Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it; let clouds dwell upon it; let darkeners of the day terrify it. Job 3:6 That night—let gloom 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 Behold, let that night be barren; let no joyful sound come therein; Job 3:8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to rouse Leviathan; Job 3:9 Let the stars of its twilight be dark; let it wait for light, and have none, neither let it see the eyelids of the dawn: Job 3:10 Because it shut not up the doors of the womb that bore me, and hid not trouble from mine eyes. Job 3:11 Wherefore did I not die from the womb,—come forth from the belly and expire? Job 3:12 Why did the knees meet me? and wherefore the breasts, 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 build desolate places for themselves, Job 3:15 Or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver; Job 3:16 Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants that have not seen the light. Job 3:17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the wearied are at rest. Job 3:18 The prisoners together are at ease; they hear not the voice of the taskmaster. Job 3:19 The small and great are there, and the bondman freed from his master.

He complaineth of life, because of his anguish.

Job 3:20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in trouble, and life to those bitter of soul, Job 3:21 Who long for death, and it [cometh] not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures; Job 3:22 Who rejoice even exultingly and are glad when they find the grave?— Job 3:23 To the man whose way is hidden, and whom +God hath hedged in? Job 3:24 For my sighing cometh before my bread, and my groanings are poured out like the waters. Job 3:25 For I feared a fear, and it hath come upon me, and that which I dreaded hath come to me. Job 3:26 I was not in safety, neither had I quietness, neither was I at rest, and trouble came.

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