- After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
- And Job answered and said:
- Let the day perish wherein I was born, And the night which said, There is a man-child conceived.
- Let that day be darkness;
Let not God from above seek for it, Neither let the light shine upon it.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lo, let that night be barren;
Let no joyful voice come therein.
- Let them curse it that curse the day, Who are ready to rouse up leviathan.
- 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:
- Because it shut not up the doors of my [mother’s] womb, Nor hid trouble from mine eyes.
- Why died I not from the womb?
Why did I not give up the ghost when my mother bare me?
- Why did the knees receive me?
Or why the breast, that I should suck?
- For now should I have lain down and been quiet;
I should have slept;
then had I been at rest,
- With kings and counsellors of the earth, Who built up waste places for themselves;
- Or with princes that had gold, Who filled their houses with silver:
- Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants that never saw light.
- There the wicked cease from troubling;
And there the weary are at rest.
- There the prisoners are at ease together;
They hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
- The small and the great are there: And the servant is free from his master.
- Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, And life unto the bitter in soul;
- Who long for death, but it cometh not, And dig for it more than for hid treasures;
- Who rejoice exceedingly, And are glad, when they can find the grave?
- [Why is light given] to a man whose way is hid, And whom God hath hedged in?
- For my sighing cometh before I eat, And my groanings are poured out like water.
- For the thing which I fear cometh upon me, And that which I am afraid of cometh unto me.
- I am not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest;
But trouble cometh.