Job 3 – New International Version (NIV)
- After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
- He said:
- “May the day of my birth perish, and the night that said, ‘A boy is conceived!’
- That day—may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine on it.
- May gloom and utter darkness claim it once more; may a cloud settle over it; may blackness overwhelm it.
- That night—may thick darkness seize it; may it not be included among the days of the year nor be entered in any of the months.
- May that night be barren; may no shout of joy be heard in it.
- May those who curse days[a] curse that day, those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.
- May its morning stars become dark; may it wait for daylight in vain and not see the first rays of dawn,
- for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me to hide trouble from my eyes.
- “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?
- Why were there knees to receive me and breasts that I might be nursed?
- For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest
- with kings and rulers of the earth, who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,
- with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.
- Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day?
- There the wicked cease from turmoil, and there the weary are at rest.
- Captives also enjoy their ease; they no longer hear the slave driver’s shout.
- The small and the great are there, and the slaves are freed from their owners.
- “Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul,
- to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure,
- who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave?
- Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?
- For sighing has become my daily food; my groans pour out like water.
- What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.
- I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.”
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Job 3 – King James Version (KJV)
- After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
- And Job spake, and said,
- Let the day perish wherein I was born, And the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
- Let that day be darkness; Let not God regard it from above, Neither let the light shine upon it.
- Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; Let a cloud dwell upon it; Let the blackness of the day terrify it.
- As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; Let it not be joined unto the days of the year, Let it not come into the number of the months.
- Lo, let that night be solitary, Let no joyful voice come therein.
- Let them curse it that curse the day, Who are ready to raise up their mourning.
- Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; Let it look for light, but have none; Neither let it see the dawning of the day:
- Because it shut not up the doors of my mother’s womb, Nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
- Why died I not from the womb? Why did I not give up the ghost When I came out of the belly?
- Why did the knees prevent me? Or why the breasts that I should suck?
- For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
- With kings and counsellors of the earth, Which built desolate places for themselves;
- Or with princes that had gold, Who filled their houses with silver:
- Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; As infants which never saw light.
- There the wicked cease from troubling; And there the weary be at rest.
- There the prisoners rest together; They hear not the voice of the oppressor.
- The small and 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;
- Which long for death, but it cometh not; And dig for it more than for hid treasures;
- Which 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 roarings are poured out like the waters.
- For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, And that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
- I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; Yet trouble came.