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1After this opened Iyov his mouth, and cursed his yom. 2And Iyov spoke, and said, 3Let the yom perish wherein I was born, and halailah in which it was said, There is a gever born. 4Let that yom be choshech; let not Elohim regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. 5Let choshech and the tzalmavet (shadow of death) claim it; let an anan dwell upon it; let the blackness of the yom terrify it. 6As for that lailah, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the yamim of the shanah, let it not come into the number of the months. 7Hinei, let that lailah be barren; let no joyful shout come therein. 8Let them curse it that curse the yam, who are ready to rouse Leviathan. 9Let the kokhavim of the dawn thereof be dark; let it look for ohr, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the shachar, 10Because it shut not up the dalatot of my mother's womb, nor hid amal (tzoros) from mine eyes. 11Why did I not come to mot at birth? Why did I not perish when I came out of the beten (belly, womb)? 12Madua (why) were there birkayim to receive me? Or why the shadayim that from them I should nurse? 13For atah (now) I would be lying still and quiet, have slept and been at rest, 14With melachim and yo'atzim of ha'aretz, which build ruins for themselves; 15Or with sarim (princes) that had zahav, who filled their batim (houses) with kesef; 16Or as a hidden stillborn--I had not been!--as olelim which never saw ohr. 17There the resha'im cease from troubling; and there the weary are at rest. 18There the asirim (prisoners, captives) rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. 19The katon and gadol are there; and the eved is free from his adon. 20Why is ohr given to him that is in misery, and chayyim unto the bitter in nefesh; 21Which long for mavet, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hidden treasures; 22Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the kever? 23Why is ohr given to a gever whose derech is hidden, and whom Elohim hath hedged in? 24For my sighing cometh instead of lechem, and my groanings are poured out like the mayim. 25For the pachad (terror) which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I dreaded is come unto me. 26I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; and rogez (tzoros, turmoil) came.
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