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Job 3 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:1 - After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:2 - He said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:3 - “May the day of my birth perish, and the night that said, ‘A boy is conceived!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:4 - That day—may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine on it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:5 - May gloom and utter darkness claim it once more; may a cloud settle over it; may blackness overwhelm it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:6 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:7 - May that night be barren; may no shout of joy be heard in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:8 - May those who curse days[fn] curse that day, those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:9 - May its morning stars become dark; may it wait for daylight in vain and not see the first rays of dawn,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:10 - for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me to hide trouble from my eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:11 - “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:12 - Why were there knees to receive me and breasts that I might be nursed?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:13 - For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:14 - with kings and rulers of the earth, who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:15 - with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:16 - Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:17 - There the wicked cease from turmoil, and there the weary are at rest.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:18 - Captives also enjoy their ease; they no longer hear the slave driver’s shout.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:19 - The small and the great are there, and the slaves are freed from their owners.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:20 - “Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:21 - to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:22 - who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:23 - Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:24 - For sighing has become my daily food; my groans pour out like water.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:25 - What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:26 - I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.”
NIV Footnotes
Or curse the sea

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