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 So then Job began, and said: Job 3:3 Perish, the day wherein I was born, and the night it was said, Lo! a manchild! Job 3:4 That day, be it darkness,Let not God enquire after it from above, May there shine upon it no clear beam: Job 3:5 Let darkness and death-shade buy it back, May there settle down upon it a cloud, Let a day's dark eclipse cause it terror: Job 3:6 That night, darkness take it,May it not rejoice among the days of the year, Into the number of months, let it not enter. Job 3:7 Lo! that night, be it barren, Let no joyous shouting enter therein: Job 3:8 Let day-cursers denounce it, Those skilled in rousing the dragon of the sky: Job 3:9 Darkened be the stars of its twilight,Let it wait for light, and there be none, neither let it see the eyelashes of the dawn: Job 3:10 Because it closed not the doors of the womb wherein I was, and so hid trouble from mine eyes. Job 3:11 Wherefore, in the womb, did I not die? From the womb, come forth and cease to breathe? Job 3:12 For what reason, were there prepared for meknees? and whybreasts, that I might suck?
The ease of death.
Job 3:13 Surely, at once, had I lain down, and been quiet, I had fallen asleep, then, had I been at rest: Job 3:14 With kings, and counselors of the earth, who had built them pyramids: Job 3:15 Or with rulers possessing, gold,Who had filled their houses with silver: Job 3:16 Or that, like an untimely birth hidden away, I had not come into being, like infants that never saw light: Job 3:17 There, the lawless, cease from raging, and there the toil-worn are at rest: Job 3:18 At once are prisoners at peace, they hear not the voice of a driver: Job 3:19 Small and great, there, they are, and, the slave, is free from his master.
He complaineth of life, because of his anguish.
Job 3:20 Wherefore give, to the wretched, light? Or, life, to the embittered in soul? Job 3:21 Who long for death, and it is not, And have digged for it, beyond hid treasures: Job 3:22 Who rejoice unto exultation, Are glad, when they can find the grave: Job 3:23 To a man, whose way is concealed, And GOD hath straitly enclosed him? Job 3:24 For, in the face of my food, my sighing, cometh in, and, poured out like the water, are my groans: Job 3:25 For, a dread, I dreaded, and it hath come upon me, and, that from which I shrank, hath overtaken me. Job 3:26 I was not careless, nor was I secure, nor had I settled down,when there cameconsternation!