Job Regrets His Birth
1Afterward#Literally “After thus” Job opened his mouth and cursed#A different term than that employed in 1:5, 11; 2:5, 9 his day. 2Thus#Hebrew “And” Job spoke up#Literally “answered” and said,
3“Let the day perish on which I was born,
and the night that said, ‘A man-child is conceived.’
4Let that day become#Or “be” darkness;
may God not seek it from above,
nor may daylight shine on it.
5Let darkness and deep shadow claim it;
let clouds#Literally “cloud” settle on it;
let them#Masculine plural referring to all three entities mentioned in this verse terrify it with the blackness#Literally “blacknesses” of day.
6Let darkness seize that night;#Literally “That night, let darkness seize it”
let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
let it not enter among the number of the months.
7Look, let that night become#Or “be” barren;
let a joyful song not enter it.
8Let those who curse the day curse it,
those who are skilled at rousing Leviathan.
9Let the stars of its dawn be dark;
let it hope for light but#Hebrew “and” there be none,
and let it not see the eyelids of dawn
10because it did not shut the doors of my mother’s womb,
nor#Hebrew “And” did it hide trouble from my eyes.
Job Wishes He Had Died
11“Why did I not die at#Literally “from” birth?
Why did I not come forth from the womb and expire?
12Why did the knees receive me
and the breasts, that I could suck?
13For now I would lie down, and I would be at peace;
I would be asleep; then I would be at rest#Literally “it would be at rest for me”
14with kings and counselors of the earth,
who rebuild #Literally “build” ruins for themselves,
15or with high officials who have gold,#Literally “gold is for them”
who fill up their houses with silver.
16Or why was I not hidden like a miscarriage,
like infants who did not see the light?
17There the wicked cease from troubling,
and there the weary#Literally “weary of strength” are at rest;
18the prisoners are at ease together;
they do not hear the oppressor’s voice.
19The small and the great are there,
and the slave is free from his masters.#Or “master”
Job Wishes He Might Die
20“Why does he#Most likely God give light to one in misery
and life to those bitter of soul,
21who wait for death, but#Hebrew “and” it does not come,#Literally “it is not”
and search#Or “dig” for it more than for treasures,
22who rejoice exceedingly,#Literally “unto rejoicing”
and they are glad when they find the grave?
23Why does he#Most likely God give light to a man whose way is hidden,
and God has fenced him in all around?
24For#Or perhaps emphatic, “Indeed” my sighing comes before#Or “in place of” (NET); literally “to the faces of” my bread,#Or “food”
and my groanings gush forth like water
25because the dread that I feel#Literally “dread” has come upon me,
and what I feared befalls me.
26I am not at ease, and I am not at peace,
and I do not have rest, thus#Hebrew “and” turmoil has come.”