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Job 3 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Job Laments His Birth

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:1 - After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:2 - And Job said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:3 - “Let the day perish on which I was born,
and the night that said,
‘A man is conceived.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:4 - Let that day be darkness!
May God above not seek it,
nor light shine upon it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:5 - Let gloom and deep darkness claim it.
Let clouds dwell upon it;
let the blackness of the day terrify it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:6 - That night—let thick darkness seize it!
Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
let it not come into the number of the months.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:7 - Behold, let that night be barren;
let no joyful cry enter it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:8 - Let those curse it who curse the day,
who are ready to rouse up Leviathan.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:9 - Let the stars of its dawn be dark;
let it hope for light, but have none,
nor see the eyelids of the morning,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:10 - because it did not shut the doors of my mother’s womb,
nor hide trouble from my eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:11 - “Why did I not die at birth,
come out from the womb and expire?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:12 - Why did the knees receive me?
Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:13 - For then I would have lain down and been quiet;
I would have slept; then I would have been at rest,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:14 - with kings and counselors of the earth
who rebuilt ruins for themselves,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:15 - or with princes who had gold,
who filled their houses with silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:16 - Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child,
as infants who never see the light?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:17 - There the wicked cease from troubling,
and there the weary are at rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:18 - There the prisoners are at ease together;
they hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:19 - The small and the great are there,
and the slave is free from his master.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:20 - “Why is light given to him who is in misery,
and life to the bitter in soul,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:21 - who long for death, but it comes not,
and dig for it more than for hidden treasures,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:22 - who rejoice exceedingly
and are glad when they find the grave?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:23 - Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden,
whom God has hedged in?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:24 - For my sighing comes instead of[fn] my bread,
and my groanings are poured out like water.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:25 - For the thing that I fear comes upon me,
and what I dread befalls me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:26 - I am not at ease, nor am I quiet;
I have no rest, but trouble comes.”
ESV Footnotes
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