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Job 3 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Job’s Lament

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:1 - Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed [fn]the day of his birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:2 - And Job [fn]said,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:3 - “May the day on which I was to be born perish,
As well as the night which said, ‘A [fn]boy is conceived.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:4 - “May that day be darkness;
May God above not care for it,
Nor light shine on it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:5 - “May darkness and black gloom claim it;
May a cloud settle on it;
May the blackness of the day terrify it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:6 - As for that night, may darkness seize it;
May it not rejoice among the days of the year;
May it not come into the number of the months.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:7 - “Behold, may that night be barren;
May no joyful shout enter it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:8 - “May those curse it who curse the day,
Who are [fn]prepared to disturb Leviathan.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:9 - “May the stars of its twilight be darkened;
May it wait for light but have none,
And may it not see the [fn]breaking dawn;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:10 - Because it did not shut the opening of my mother’s womb,
Or hide trouble from my eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:11 - “Why did I not die [fn]at birth,
Come out of the womb and pass away?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:12 - “Why were the knees there in front of me,
And why the breasts, that I would nurse?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:13 - “For now 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 rulers who had gold,
Who were filling their houses with silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:16 - “Or like a miscarriage which is [fn]hidden, I would not exist,
As infants that never saw light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:17 - “There the wicked cease from raging,
And there the [fn]weary are at rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:18 - “The prisoners are at ease together;
They do not hear 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 one burdened with grief,
And life to the bitter of soul,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:21 - Who [fn]long for death, but there is none,
And dig for it more than for hidden treasures;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:22 - Who are filled with jubilation,
And rejoice when they find the grave?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:23 - Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden,
And whom God has shut off?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:24 - “For my groaning comes at the sight of my food,
And my cries pour out like water.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:25 - “For [fn]what I fear comes upon me,
And what I dread [fn]encounters me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:26 - “I am not at ease, nor am I quiet,
And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes.”
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit his day
Lit answered and said
Lit man-child
Or skillful
Lit eyelids of dawn
Lit from the womb
I.e., buried
Lit weary of strength
Lit wait
Lit I fear a fear, and it comes
Lit comes to me

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