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Job 3 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Job Deplores His Birth
Job Regrets 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 spoke, and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:3 - “May the day perish on which I was born,
And the night in which it was said,
‘A male child is conceived.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:4 - May that day be darkness;
May God above not seek it,
Nor the light shine upon it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:5 - May darkness and the shadow of death 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[fn] among the days of the year,
May it not come into the number of the months.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:7 - Oh, may that night be barren!
May no joyful shout come into it!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:8 - May those curse it who curse the day,
Those who are ready to arouse Leviathan.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:9 - May the stars of its morning be dark;
May it look for light, but have none,
And not see the dawning of the day;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:10 - Because it did not shut up the doors of my mother’s womb,
Nor hide sorrow from my eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:11 - “Why did I not die at birth?
Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?
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 now I would have lain still and been quiet,
I would have been asleep;
Then I would have been at rest
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:14 - With kings and counselors of the earth,
Who built 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 hidden like a stillborn child,
Like infants who never saw 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 rest together;
They do not hear the voice of the oppressor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:19 - The small and great are there,
And the servant 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 of soul,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:21 - Who long for death, but it does not come,
And search for it more than hidden treasures;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:22 - Who rejoice exceedingly,
And are glad when they can 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 sighing comes before I eat,[fn]
And my groanings pour out like water.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:25 - For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me,
And what I dreaded has happened to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 3:26 - I am not at ease, nor am I quiet;
I have no rest, for trouble comes.”
NKJV Footnotes
Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate read be joined.
Literally my bread

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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