3:1 After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day.
3:2 And Job spoke, and said,
3:3 Let the day perish in which I was born, and the night [in
which] it was said, There is a mail child conceived.
3:4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above,
neither let the light shine upon it.
3:5 Let darkness and the shades of death stain it; let a cloud
dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
3:6 As [for] that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not
be joined to the days of the year, let it not come into the
number of the months.
3:7 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come
3:8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise
up their mourning.
3:9 Let the stars of its twilight be dark; let it look for
light, but [have] none; neither let it see the dawning of the
3:10 Because it prevented not my birth, nor hid sorrow from my
3:11 Why died I not from the womb? [why] did I [not] expire at
the time of my birth?
3:12 Why did the knees receive me? or why the breasts that I
should be nursed?
3:13 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should
have slept: then had I been at rest,
3:14 With kings and counselors of the earth, who built desolate
places for themselves;
3:15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with
3:16 Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants
[which] never saw light.
3:17 There the wicked cease [from] troubling; and there the
weary are at rest.
3:18 [There] the prisoners rest together; they hear not the
voice of the oppressor.
3:19 The small and great are there; and the servant [is] free
from his master.
3:20 Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to
the bitter [in] soul;
3:21 Who long for death, but it [cometh] not; and dig for it
more than for hid treasures;
3:22 Who rejoice exceedingly, [and] are glad, when they can find
3:23 [Why is light given] to a man whose way is hid, and whom
God hath hedged in?
3:24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are
poured out like the waters.
3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared hath come upon me, and
that which I dreaded hath come to me.
3:26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I
quiet; yet trouble came.