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Job 3

   

Job's Lament

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Job 3:1   Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
   
Job 3:2   And Job said,
   
Job 3:3   "Let the day perish on which I was to be born, And the night which said, 'A boy is conceived.'
   
Job 3:4   "May that day be darkness; Let not God above care for it, Nor light shine on it.
   
Job 3:5   "Let darkness and black gloom claim it; Let a cloud settle on it; Let the blackness of the day terrify it.
   
Job 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.
   
Job 3:7   "Behold, let that night be barren; Let no joyful shout enter it.
   
Job 3:8   "Let those curse it who curse the day, Who are prepared to rouse Leviathan.
   
Job 3:9   "Let the stars of its twilight be darkened; Let it wait for light but have none, And let it not see the breaking dawn;
   
Job 3:10   Because it did not shut the opening of my mother's womb, Or hide trouble from my eyes.
   
Job 3:11   "Why did I not die at birth, Come forth from the womb and expire?
   
Job 3:12   "Why did the knees receive me, And why the breasts, that I should suck?
   
Job 3:13   "For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,
   
Job 3:14   With kings and with counselors of the earth, Who rebuilt ruins for themselves;
   
Job 3:15   Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver.
   
Job 3:16   "Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.
   
Job 3:17   "There the wicked cease from raging, And there the weary are at rest.
   
Job 3:18   "The prisoners are at ease together; They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
   
Job 3:19   "The small and the great are there, And the slave is free from his master.
   
Job 3:20   "Why is light given to him who suffers, And life to the bitter of soul,
   
Job 3:21   Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,
   
Job 3:22   Who rejoice greatly, And exult when they find the grave?
   
Job 3:23   "Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in?
   
Job 3:24   "For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water.
   
Job 3:25   "For what I fear comes upon me, And what I dread befalls me.
   
Job 3:26   "I am not at ease, nor am I quiet, And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes."
     
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