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Job 3 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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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 - “Let the day perish on which I was to be born,
And the night which said, ‘A [fn]boy is conceived.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:4 - “May that day be darkness;
Let not God above care for it,
Nor light shine on it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:5 - “Let darkness and black gloom claim it;
Let a cloud settle on it;
Let the blackness of the day terrify it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:6 - As for that night, let 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 shout enter it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:8 - “Let those curse it who curse the day,
Who are [fn]prepared to rouse Leviathan.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:9 - “Let the stars of its twilight be darkened;
Let it wait for light but have none,
And let 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 forth from the womb and expire?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:12 - “Why did the knees receive me,
And why the breasts, that I should suck?
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 with counselors of the earth,
Who rebuilt ruins for themselves;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:15 - Or with princes who had gold,
Who were filling their houses with silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:16 - “Or like a miscarriage which is [fn]discarded, I would not be,
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 him who suffers,
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 rejoice greatly,
And exult 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 hedged in?
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 befalls me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:26 - “I am not at ease, nor am I quiet,
And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes.”
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: his day
Literally: answered and said
Literally: man-child
Or, skillful
Literally: eyelids
Literally: from the womb
Literally: hidden
Literally: weary of strength
Literally: wait
Literally: the fear I fear and

New American Standard Bible 1995
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