Job 3

English Standard Version

1 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. (Job 33:2; Ps 78:2) 2 And Job said: 3 “Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, ‘A man is conceived.’ (Job 10:18; Jer 20:14) 4 Let that day be darkness! May God above not seek it, nor light shine upon it. 5 Let gloom and deep darkness claim it. Let clouds dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. (Job 10:21; Job 12:22; Job 24:17; Job 28:3; Job 34:22; Job 38:17; Ps 23:4; Isa 9:2; Mt 4:16) 6 That night—let thick darkness seize it! Let it not rejoice among the days of the year; let it not come into the number of the months. 7 Behold, let that night be barren; let no joyful cry enter it. 8 Let those curse it who curse the day, who are ready to rouse up Leviathan. (Job 41:1) 9 Let the stars of its dawn be dark; let it hope for light, but have none, nor see the eyelids of the morning, (Job 41:18) 10 because it did not shut the doors of my mother’s womb, nor hide trouble from my eyes. 11 “Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire? (Job 10:18) 12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse? (Ge 30:3; Ge 50:23; Isa 66:12) 13 For then I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept; then I would have been at rest, 14 with kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves, (Isa 58:12) 15 or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver. 16 Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light? (Ps 58:8; Ec 6:3; 1Co 15:8) 17 There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest. (Job 17:16) 18 There the prisoners are at ease together; they hear not the voice of the taskmaster. (Ex 3:7) 19 The small and the great are there, and the slave is free from his master. 20 “Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul, (Pr 31:6) 21 who long for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures, (Pr 2:4; Re 9:6) 22 who rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they find the grave? 23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in? (Job 1:10; Job 19:8; Isa 40:27) 24 For my sighing comes instead of[1] my bread, and my groanings are poured out like water. (Ps 22:1; Ps 38:8; Ps 42:3; Ps 80:5; Ps 102:9) 25 For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me. (Pr 10:24) 26 I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, but trouble comes.”