New English Translation
II. Job's Dialogue With His Friends (3:1-27:33)
Job Regrets His Birth
1 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day he was born. 2 Job spoke up and said:
3 "Let the day on which I was born perish, and the night that said, 'A man has been conceived!'
4 That day - let it be darkness; let not God on high regard it, nor let light shine on it!
5 Let darkness and the deepest shadow claim it; let a cloud settle on it; let whatever blackens the day terrify it!
6 That night - let darkness seize it; let it not be included among the days of the year; let it not enter among the number of the months!
7 Indeed, let that night be barren; let no shout of joy penetrate it!
8 Let those who curse the day curse it - those who are prepared to rouse Leviathan.
9 Let its morning stars be darkened; let it wait for daylight but find none, nor let it see the first rays of dawn,
10 because it did not shut the doors of my mother's womb on me, nor did it hide trouble from my eyes!
Job Wishes He Had Died at Birth
11 "Why did I not die at birth, and why did I not expire as I came out of the womb?
12 Why did the knees welcome me, and why were there two breasts that I might nurse at them?
13 For now I would be lying down and would be quiet, I would be asleep and then at peace
14 with kings and counselors of the earth who built for themselves places now desolate,
15 or with princes who possessed gold, who filled their palaces with silver.
16 Or why was I not buried like a stillborn infant, like infants who have never seen the light?
17 There the wicked cease from turmoil, and there the weary are at rest.
18 There the prisoners relax together; they do not hear the voice of the oppressor.
19 Small and great are there, and the slave is free from his master.
Longing for Death
20 "Why does God give light to one who is in misery, and life to those whose soul is bitter,
21 to those who wait for death that does not come, and search for it more than for hidden treasures,
22 who rejoice even to jubilation, and are exultant when they find the grave?
23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, and whom God has hedged in?
24 For my sighing comes in place of my food, and my groanings flow forth like water.
25 For the very thing I dreaded has happened to me, and what I feared has come upon me.
26 I have no ease, I have no quietness; I cannot rest; turmoil has come upon me."
King James Version
1 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
2 And Job spake, and said,
3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
6 As for that night, let darkness seize 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 voice come therein.
8 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 dawning of the day:
10 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow 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 knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
13 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
15 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 saw light.
17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
18 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
19 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;
21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
22 Which rejoice exceedingly, 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?
24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.