1After this openedJob his mouth, and cursed his day.2
And Jobspake ,a and said ,
Let the dayperish wherein I was born , and the night in which it was said , There is a man childconceived .
Let that day be darkness; let not Godregard it from above, neither let the lightshine upon it.
Let darkness and the shadow of deathstainb it; let a clouddwell upon it; let the blackness of the dayterrify it.
As for that night, let darknessseize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.7
Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voicecome therein.
Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.9
Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark ; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawningc of the day:10
Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hidsorrow from mine eyes.11
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?12
Why did the kneesprevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck ?
For now should I have lain still and been quiet , I should have slept : then had I been at rest ,
With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:16
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never sawlight.17
There the wickedcease from troubling; and there the wearydbe at rest .
There the prisonersresttogether; they hear not the voice of the oppressor .
The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.20
Wherefore is lightgiven to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;21
Which longe for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;22
Which rejoiceexceedingly, and are glad , when they can find the grave?23
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid , and whom God hath hedged in ?
For my sighingcomethbefore I eat,f and my roarings are poured out like the waters.25
For the thing which I greatlyfeared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
I was not in safety , neither had I rest , neither was I quiet ; yet troublecame .