Job Laments His Birth
1After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed the day of his birth. 2Job said:
3#Job 10:18–19; Jer 20:14–18 “Let the day perish in which I was born
and the night in which it was said, ‘A male child is conceived.’
4As for that day, let it be darkness;
let God above not regard it;
and let not light shine upon it.
5#Job 10:21–22; Ps 23:4 Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it;
let a cloud settle on it;
let the blackness of the day terrify it.
6As for that night, let darkness capture it;
let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
let it not come into the number of the months.
7Yes, as for that night, let it be barren!
Let no joyful cry come into it!
8#Job 41:1; 41:10 Let them curse it who curse any day,
those who are prepared to rouse Leviathan.
9#Job 41:18 Let its morning stars be dark;
let it look for light, but have none;
let it not see the rays of dawn,
10because it did not shut the doors of my mother’s womb,
nor hide trouble from my eyes.
11“Why did I not die at birth?
Why did I not expire when I came out of the womb?
12#Ge 30:3; Isa 66:12 Why did her knees receive me?
And why her breasts that I should nurse?
13For now I would be lying down and would be at peace;
I would have slept; then there would be rest for me,
14#Job 15:28 with kings and counselors of the earth,
who built ruins for themselves,
15or with princes who had gold,
who filled their houses with silver.
16#Ps 58:8; 1Co 15:8 Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child,
like infants who never saw light?
17#Job 17:16 There the wicked will have stopped causing trouble,
and there the exhausted will rest.
18#Job 39:7 Captives will relax together;
they do not hear the voice of the oppressor.
19The small and great, they are there,
and the servant is free from his master.
20#Job 7:15–16; Jer 20:18 “Why is light given to the miserable,
and life unto the bitter in soul,
21#Pr 2:4; Rev 9:6 who look for death, but it is not there;
and they search for it more than for hidden treasures;
22who rejoice exceedingly,
and they are glad when they find the grave?
23#Job 19:8; La 3:7; Isa 40:27 And why is light given to a man
whose way is hidden,
whom God has hedged in?
24#Ps 38:8; 80:5 For my sighing comes before I eat,
and my groaning pours forth like the waters.
25For the thing which I greatly feared has happened to me,
and that which I dreaded has come to me.
26I am not at peace; I have no quiet,
I cannot rest, and turmoil has come.”