Job 3 NIV

Job Speaks

1 After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.1

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2 He said:
3 "May the day of my birth perish, and the night it was said, 'A boy is born!'2

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4 That day--may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine upon it.
5 May darkness and deep shadowa3 claim it once more; may a cloud settle over it; may blackness overwhelm its light.

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    • a 3:5 - Or "and the shadow of death"
      6 That night--may thick darkness4 seize it; may it not be included among the days of the year nor be entered in any of the months.

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      7 May that night be barren; may no shout of joy5 be heard in it.

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      8 May those who curse daysb curse that day,6 those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.7

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      9 May its morning stars become dark; may it wait for daylight in vain and not see the first rays of dawn,8

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      10 for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me to hide trouble from my eyes.
      11 "Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?9

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      12 Why were there knees to receive me10 and breasts that I might be nursed?

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      13 For now I would be lying down11 in peace; I would be asleep and at rest12

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      14 with kings and counselors of the earth,13 who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,14

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      15 with rulers15 who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.16
      16 Or why was I not hidden in the ground like a stillborn child,17 like an infant who never saw the light of day?18

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      17 There the wicked cease from turmoil,19 and there the weary are at rest.20

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          18 Captives21 also enjoy their ease; they no longer hear the slave driver's22 shout.23

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          19 The small and the great are there,24 and the slave is freed from his master.

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          20 "Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul,25

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          21 to those who long for death that does not come,26 who search for it more than for hidden treasure,27

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          22 who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave?28

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          23 Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden,29 whom God has hedged in?30

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          24 For sighing31 comes to me instead of food;32 my groans33 pour out like water.34

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          25 What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded35 has happened to me.36

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          26 I have no peace,37 no quietness; I have no rest,38 but only turmoil."39

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