- Then, opening his mouth, and cursing the day of his birth,
- Job made answer and said,
- Let destruction take the day of my birth, and the night on which it was said, A man child has come into the world.
- That day--let it be dark;
let not God take note of it from on high, and let not the light be shining on it;
- Let the dark and the black night take it for themselves;
let it be covered with a cloud;
let the dark shades of day send fear on it.
- That night--let the thick dark take it;
let it not have joy among the days of the year;
let it not come into the number of the months.
- As for that night, let it have no fruit;
let no voice of joy be sounded in it;
- Let it be cursed by those who put a curse on the day;
who are ready to make Leviathan awake.
- Let its morning stars be dark;
let it be looking for light, but may it not have any;
let it not see the eyes of the dawn.
- Because it did not keep the doors of my mother's body shut, so that trouble might be veiled from my eyes.
- Why did death not take me when I came out of my mother's body, why did I not, when I came out, give up my last breath?
- Why did the knees take me, or why the breasts that they might give me milk?
- For then I might have gone to my rest in quiet, and in sleep have been in peace,
- With kings and the wise ones of the earth, who put up great houses for themselves;
- Or with rulers who had gold, and whose houses were full of silver;
- Or as a child dead at birth I might never have come into existence;
like young children who have not seen the light.
- There the passions of the evil are over, and those whose strength has come to an end have rest.
- There the prisoners are at peace together;
the voice of the overseer comes not again to their ears.
- The small and the great are there, and the servant is free from his master.
- Why does he give light to him who is in trouble, and life to the bitter in soul;
- To those whose desire is for death, but it comes not;
who are searching for it more than for secret wealth;
- Who are glad with great joy, and full of delight when they come to their last resting-place;
- To a man whose way is veiled, and who is shut in by God?
- In place of my food I have grief, and cries of sorrow come from me like water.
- For I have a fear and it comes on me, and my heart is greatly troubled.
- I have no peace, no quiet, and no rest;
nothing but pain comes on me.