1AfterwardJobopened his mouth and cursedathe day of his birth.
And Jobbsaid ,
"1Let the dayperish on which I was to be born, And the night which said, 'A cboy is conceived.'
"May that day be darkness; Let not Godabovecare for it, Norlightshine on it.
"Let 2darkness and blackgloomclaim it; Let a cloudsettle on it; Let the blackness of the dayterrify it.
"As for that night, let darknessseize it; Let it not rejoice among the days of the year; Let it not come into the number of the months.
7"Behold, let that night be barren; Let nojoyfulshoutenter it.
"Let those curse it who curse the day, Who are dprepared to 3rouseLeviathan.
"Let the stars of its twilight be darkened; Let it wait for light but havenone, And let it not see the ebreakingdawn;
10Because it did not shut the opening of my mother's womb, Or hidetrouble from my eyes.
"4Why did I not diefat birth, Comeforth from the womb and expire?
12"Why did the kneesreceive me, And why the breasts, that I should suck?
"For now I 5would have laindown and beenquiet; I would have sleptthen, I would have been at rest,
With 6kings and with 7counselors of the earth, Who rebuilt8ruins for themselves;
15Or with 9princes10who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver.
16"Or like a miscarriage which is gdiscarded, I would not be, As infants that neversawlight.
17"There the wickedcease from raging, And there the hweary are at 11rest.
"The prisoners are at easetogether; They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
"The small and the great are there, And the slave is free from his master.
20"Why is 12lightgiven to him whosuffers, And life to the bitter of soul,
Who i13long for death, but there is none, And dig for it morethan for 14hiddentreasures,
Who rejoicegreatly, And exultwhen they find the grave?
"Why is light given to a man15whoseway is hidden, And whom 16God has hedged in?
"For 17my groaningcomes at the sight of my food, And 18my criespour out like water.
"For j19what I fearcomes upon me, And what I dreadbefalls me.
"I 20am not at ease, nor am I quiet, And I am not at rest, but turmoilcomes."