1After this Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.2And Job spoke and said,3Let the day perish in which I was born and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.4Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above; neither let the light shine upon it.5Let darkness and the shadow of death redeem it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.6As 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.7O, let that night be solitary; let no song come therein!8Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.9Let the stars of its dawn be darkened; they waited for light, but have none; neither let them see the dawning of the day;10because it did not shut up the doors of my mother’s womb nor hide the misery from my eyes.
11Why did I not die from the womb? Why did I not give up the spirit when I came out of the belly?12Why did the knees receive me? Of what use the breasts that I should suck?13For now I should have lain still and been quiet; I should have slept; then I would have been at rest,14with the kings and the counsellors of the earth, who built desolate places for themselves;15or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver.16Or, why was I not hidden as an untimely birth, as infants who never saw light?17There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary are at rest.18There the prisoners rest together, they do not hear the voice of the oppressor.19The small and the great are there, and the slave is free from his master.
20Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;21who long for death, but it comes not; and search for it more than for hid treasures;22who rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they can find the grave;23to the man who does not know which way he goes and whom God has hedged in?24For my sighing comes before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.25For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.26I never had prosperity, nor did I secure myself, neither was I at rest; yet trouble came.