- After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.
- And Job answered and said,
- Let the day perish in which I was born, and the night that said, There is a man child conceived.
- That day — let it be darkness, let not +God care for it from above, neither let light shine upon it:
- Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it;
let clouds dwell upon it;
let darkeners of the day terrify it.
- That night — let gloom seize upon it;
let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
let it not come into the number of the months.
- Behold, let that night be barren;
let no joyful sound come therein;
- Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to rouse Leviathan;
- Let the stars of its twilight be dark;
let it wait for light, and have none, neither let it see the eyelids of the dawn:
- Because it shut not up the doors of the womb that bore me, and hid not trouble from mine eyes.
- Wherefore did I not die from the womb, — come forth from the belly and expire?
- Why did the knees meet me?
and wherefore the breasts, 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 build desolate places for themselves,
- Or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver;
- Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been;
as infants that have not seen the light.
- There the wicked cease from troubling;
and there the wearied are at rest.
- The prisoners together are at ease;
they hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
- The small and great are there, and the bondman freed from his master.
- Wherefore is light given to him that is in trouble, and life to those bitter of soul,
- Who long for death, and it [cometh] not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures;
- Who rejoice even exultingly and are glad when they find the grave?
- To the man whose way is hidden, and whom +God hath hedged in?
- For my sighing cometh before my bread, and my groanings are poured out like the waters.
- For I feared a fear, and it hath come upon me, and that which I dreaded hath come to me.
- I was not in safety, neither had I quietness, neither was I at rest, and trouble came.