Job’s Opening Speech
1After this, Job began to speak and cursed the day he was born. 2He said:
3May the day I was born perish,
and the night when they said,
“A boy is conceived.” #Jb 5:7Pr 23:25Is 7:14
4If only that day had turned to darkness!
May God above not care about it,
or light shine on it.
5May darkness and gloom #Jb 10:21-22|NoBook| 12:22|NoBook| 28:3 reclaim it,
and a cloud settle over it.
May an eclipse of the sun # Lit May a darkening of daylight terrify it.
6If only darkness had taken that night away!
May it not appear # LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads rejoice among the days of the year
or be listed in the calendar. # Lit or enter the number of months
7Yes, may that night be barren;
may no joyful shout #Jb 20:5Ps 63:5 be heard in it.
8Let those who curse certain days
cast a spell #Nm 22:11Jb 5:3Pr 11:26 on it,
those who are skilled in rousing Leviathan. #Jb 41Ps 74:14|NoBook| 104:26
9May its morning stars grow dark.
May it wait for daylight but have none;
may it not see the breaking # Lit the eyelids of dawn.
10For that night did not shut
the doors of my mother’s womb,
and hide sorrow from my eyes.
11Why was I not stillborn;
why didn’t I die as I came from the womb? #Jb 1:2110:17-18Jr 20:17-18
12Why did the knees receive me,
and why were there breasts for me to nurse? #Sg 8:1Is 66:12Jl 2:16
13Now I would certainly be lying down in peace;
I would be asleep. #Ps 13:3Jr 51:39Mt 8:24
Then I would be at rest #Jb 17:16Dn 12:13Rv 14:13
14with the kings and counselors #Is 14:9Jr 51:57Ezk 32:29 of the earth,
who rebuilt ruined cities for themselves,
15or with princes who had gold,
who filled their houses #Jb 17:13|NoBook| 30:23Ec 12:5 with silver.
16Or why was I not hidden like a miscarried child, #Nm 12:12Ps 58:8Ec 6:3
like infants who never see daylight?
17There the wicked #Jb 9:22|NoBook| 11:20|NoBook| 18:5 cease to make trouble,
and there the weary find rest.
18The captives are completely at ease; #Pr 1:33Jr 30:10|NoBook| 46:27
they do not hear the voice of their oppressor. #Ex 3:7|NoBook| 5:10Jb 39:7
19Both small and great are there,
and the slave is set free from his master. #Jb 9:22Ec 9:2-3Is 14:9-10
20Why is light given to one burdened with grief,
and life to those whose existence is bitter, #Jb 23:2Ps 71:20Lm 1:4
21who wait for death, #1Kg 19:4Jb 7:15Jnh 4:3 but it does not come,
and search for it more than for hidden treasure,
22who are filled with much joy
and are glad when they reach the grave? #Jb 5:26|NoBook| 10:19|NoBook| 17:1
23Why is life given to a man whose path is hidden, #Jb 19:8Lm 3:9Hs 2:6
whom God has hedged in?
24I sigh when food #Jb 6:7: 33:20Ps 102:4 is put before me, # Or My sighing serves as my food
and my groans pour out like water. #Ps 6:6|NoBook| 22:1|NoBook| 32:3
25For the thing I feared has overtaken me,
and what I dreaded has happened to me. #Jb 9:28|NoBook| 13:11|NoBook| 30:15
26I cannot relax or be still;
I have no rest, #Jb 30:17Pr 25:2Ec 2:23 for trouble comes.