English Revised 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 regard it from above, 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 I came out of the belly? Job 3:12 Why did the knees receive me? or why 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, which 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 an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light. Job 3:17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be 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 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 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; Job 3:22 Which 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 roarings 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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