Job 3 CSB

Job's Opening Speech

1 After this Job began to speak and cursed the day he was born.

References for Job 3:1

      2 He said:
      3 May the day I was born perish, and the night when they said, "A boy is conceived."a

      References for Job 3:3

        • a 3:3 - Jb 3:11,16; 10:18-19
          4 If only that day had turned to darkness! May God above not care about it, or light shine on it.
          5 May darkness and gloomb reclaim it, and a cloud settle over it. May an eclipse of the sunc terrify it.

          References for Job 3:5

            • b 3:5 - Jb 10:21-22; 12:22; 28:3
            • c 3:5 - Lit May a darkening of daylight
              6 If only darkness had taken that night away! May it not appeard among the days of the year or be listed in the calendar.e

              References for Job 3:6

                • d 3:6 - LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads rejoice
                • e 3:6 - Lit or enter the number of months
                  7 Yes, may that night be barren; may no joyful shoutf be heard in it.

                  References for Job 3:7

                    • f 3:7 - Jb 3:7; 20:5; Ps 63:5
                      8 Let those who curse [certain] days cast a spellg on it, those who are skilled in rousing Leviathan.h

                      References for Job 3:8

                        • g 3:8 - Jb 5:3; Nm 22:11,17
                        • h 3:8 - Jb 41; Ps 74:14; 104:26
                          9 May its morning stars grow dark. May it wait for daylight but have none; may it not see the breakingi of dawn.

                          References for Job 3:9

                            • i 3:9 - Lit the eyelids
                              10 For that night did not shut the doors of my [mother's] womb, and hide sorrow from my eyes.
                              11 Why was I not stillborn; [why] didn't I die as I came from the womb?j

                              References for Job 3:11

                                • j 3:11 - Jr 20:14,17-18
                                  12 Why did the knees receive me, and why were there breasts for me to nurse?k

                                  References for Job 3:12

                                    • k 3:12 - Isa 66:12; Jr 15:10
                                      13 For then I would have laid down in peace; I would be asleep.l Then I would be at restm

                                      References for Job 3:13

                                        • l 3:13 - Ps 13:3; Jr 51:39,57
                                        • m 3:13 - Jb 7:8-10,21; 17:13
                                          14 with the kings and counselors of the earth, who rebuilt ruined cities for themselves,n

                                          References for Job 3:14

                                            • n 3:14 - Isa 14:9; Jr 51:37; Ezk 32:28-32
                                              15 or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.o

                                              References for Job 3:15

                                                • o 3:15 - Ps 49:16-20; Pr 13:22; Ec 2:26
                                                  16 Or [why] was I not hidden like a miscarried child,p like infants who never see daylight?

                                                  References for Job 3:16

                                                    • p 3:16 - Ps 58:8; Ec 6:3
                                                      17 There the wicked cease to make trouble, and there the weary find rest.
                                                      18 The captives are completely at ease;q they do not hear the voice of [their] oppressor.r

                                                      References for Job 3:18

                                                        • q 3:18 - Pr 1:33; Jr 30:10; 46:27
                                                        • r 3:18 - Ex 3:7; 5:10,13-14
                                                          19 Both the small and the great are there, and the slave is set free from his master.s

                                                          References for Job 3:19

                                                            • s 3:19 - Jb 9:22; 24:24; Isa 14:3-11
                                                              20 Why is light given to one burdened with grief, and life to those whose existence is bitter,
                                                              21 who wait for death, but it does not come, and search for it more than for hidden treasure,
                                                              22 who are filled with much joy and are glad when they reach the grave?t

                                                              References for Job 3:22

                                                                • t 3:22 - Ec 4:3; Jr 8:3; Rv 9:6
                                                                  23 [Why is life given] to a man whose path is hidden,u whom God has hedged in?

                                                                  References for Job 3:23

                                                                    • u 3:23 - Jb 19:8; Pr 4:19; Isa 59:9-10
                                                                      24 I sigh when food is [put] before me,v and my groans pour out like water.w

                                                                      References for Job 3:24

                                                                        • v 3:24 - Or My sighing serves as my food
                                                                        • w 3:24 - Ps 6:6; 22:1,14; 32:3
                                                                          25 For the thing I feared has overtaken me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.x

                                                                          References for Job 3:25

                                                                            • x 3:25 - Jb 9:28; 30:15
                                                                              26 I cannot relax or be still; I have no rest,y for trouble comes.

                                                                              References for Job 3:26

                                                                                • y 3:26 - Jb 7:4; Ps 6:6