Bible: Job 3

II. Job’s Dialogue With His Friends
(3:1-27:33) 1 

Job Regrets His Birth

3:1 After this Job opened his mouth 2  and cursed 3  the day he was born. 4  3:2 Job spoke up 5  and said:

3:3Let the day on which 6  I was born 7  perish,

and the night that said, 8 

‘A man 9  has been conceived!’ 10 

3:4 That day 11 let it be darkness; 12 

let not God on high regard 13  it,

nor let light shine 14  on it!

3:5 Let darkness and the deepest

shadow 15  claim it; 16 

let a cloud settle on it;

let whatever blackens the day 17  terrify it!

3:6 That night – let darkness seize 18  it;

let it not be included 19  among the days of the year;

let it not enter among the number of the months! 20 

3:7 Indeed, 21  let that night be barren; 22 

let no shout of joy 23  penetrate 24  it!

3:8 Let those who curse the day 25  curse it 26 

those who are prepared to rouse 27  Leviathan. 28 

3:9 Let its morning stars 29  be darkened;

let it wait 30  for daylight but find none, 31 

nor let it see the first rays 32  of dawn,

3:10 because it 33  did not shut the doors 34  of my mother’s womb on me, 35 

nor did it hide trouble 36  from my eyes!

Job Wishes He Had Died at Birth 37 

3:11Why did I not 38  die 39  at birth, 40 

and why did I not expire

as 41  I came out of the womb?

3:12 Why did the knees welcome me, 42 

and why were there 43  two breasts 44 

that I might nurse at them? 45 

3:13 For now 46  I would be lying down

and 47  would be quiet, 48 

I would be asleep and then at peace 49 

3:14 with kings and counselors of the earth

who built for themselves places now desolate, 50 

3:15 or with princes who possessed gold, 51 

who filled their palaces 52  with silver.

3:16 Or why 53  was 54  I not buried 55 

like a stillborn infant, 56 

like infants 57  who have never seen the light? 58 

3:17 There 59  the wicked 60  cease 61  from turmoil, 62 

and there the weary 63  are at rest.

3:18 There 64  the prisoners 65  relax 66  together; 67 

they do not hear the voice of the oppressor. 68 

3:19 Small and great are 69  there,

and the slave is free 70  from his master. 71 

Longing for Death 72 

3:20Why does God 73  give 74  light to one who is in misery, 75 

and life to those 76  whose soul is bitter,

3:21 to 77  those who wait 78  for death that 79  does not come,

and search for it 80 

more than for hidden treasures,

3:22 who rejoice 81  even to jubilation, 82 

and are exultant 83  when 84  they find the grave? 85 

3:23 Why is light given 86  to a man 87 

whose way is hidden, 88 

and whom God has hedged in? 89 

3:24 For my sighing comes in place of 90  my food, 91 

and my groanings 92  flow forth like water. 93 

3:25 For the very thing I dreaded 94  has happened 95  to me,

and what I feared has come upon me. 96 

3:26 I have no ease, 97  I have no quietness;

I cannot rest; 98  turmoil has come upon me.” 99 

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