NASB — Job 3 — KJV

Job’s Lament

1 Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed Ithe day of his [birth]. 2 And Job Isaid,
  3aLet the day perish on which I was to be born,
  And the night [which] said, ‘A Iboy is conceived.’
  4 “May that day be darkness;
  Let not God above care for it,
  Nor light shine on it.
  5 “Let adarkness and black gloom claim it;
  Let a cloud settle on it;
  Let the blackness of the day terrify it.
  6 “[As for] that night, let darkness seize it;
  Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
  Let it not come into the number of the months.
  7 “Behold, let that night be barren;
  Let no joyful shout enter it.
  8 “Let those curse it who curse the day,
  Who are Iprepared to arouse Leviathan.
  9 “Let the stars of its twilight be darkened;
  Let it wait for light but have none,
  And let it not see the Ibreaking dawn;
  10 Because it did not shut the opening of my [mother’s] womb,
  Or hide trouble from my eyes.

[1] ILit his day
[2] ILit answered and said
[3] ILit man-child aJr 20:14-18
[5] aJr 13:16
[8] IOr skillful aJb 41:1, 25
[9] ILit eyelids

  11 ¶ “aWhy did I not die Iat birth,
  Come forth from the womb and expire?
  12 “Why did the knees receive me,
  And why the breasts, that I should suck?
  13 “For now I awould have lain down and been quiet;
  I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,
  14 With akings and [with] bcounselors of the earth,
  Who rebuilt cruins for themselves;
  15 Or with aprinces bwho had gold,
  Who were filling their houses [with] silver.
  16 “Or like a miscarriage which is Idiscarded, I would not be,
  As infants that never saw light.
  17 “There the wicked cease from raging,
  And there the Iweary are at arest.
  18 “The prisoners are at ease together;
  They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
  19 “The small and the great are there,
  And the slave is free from his master.

[11] ILit from the womb aJb 10:18, 19
[13] aJb 3:13-19; 7:8-10, 21; 10:21, 22; 14:10-15, 20-22; 16:22; 17:13-16; 19:25-27; 21:13, 23-26; 24:19, 20; 26:5, 6; 34:22
[14] aJb 12:18 bJb 12:17 cJb 15:28; Is 58:12
[15] aJb 12:21 bJb 27:16, 17
[16] ILit hidden
[17] ILit weary of strength aJb 17:16

  20 ¶ “Why is alight given to him who suffers,
  And life to the bitter of soul,
  21 Who Ialong for death, but there is none,
  And dig for it more than for bhidden treasures,
  22 Who rejoice greatly,
  [And] exult when they find the grave?
  23 “[Why is light given] to a man awhose way is hidden,
  And whom bGod has hedged in?
  24 “For amy groaning comes at the sight of my food,
  And bmy cries pour out like water.
  25 “For Iawhat I fear comes upon me,
  And what I dread befalls me.
  26 “I aam not at ease, nor am I quiet,
  And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes.”

[20] aJr 20:18
[21] ILit wait aRv 9:6 bPv 2:4
[23] aJb 19:6, 8, 12 bJb 19:8; Ps 88:8; Lm 3:7
[24] aJb 6:7; 33:20 bJb 30:16; Ps 42:4
[25] ILit the fear I fear and aJb 9:28; 30:15
[26] aJb 7:13, 14


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Job curseth the day and services of his birth.

1 ¶ After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. 2 And Job spake, and said, 3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night [in which] it was said, There is a man child conceived. 4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. 5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. 6 As [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. 7 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein. 8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning. 9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but [have] none; neither let it see the dawning of the day: 10 Because it shut not up the doors of my [mother's] womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes. 11 Why died I not from the womb? [why] did I [not] give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? 12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?

[1] Jb 1:11, 22; 2:5, 9, 10; 3:3; 35:16; Ps 39:2; 106:33; Jr 20:14.
[2] Jg 18:14.
[3] Jb 10:18; Jr 15:10; 20:14.
[4] Ex 10:22; Dt 11:12; Jol 2:2; Am 5:18; Mt 27:45; Ac 27:20; Rv 16:10.
[5] Dt 4:11; Jb 10:21; 16:16; 24:17; 28:3; 38:17; Ps 23:4; 44:19; 107:10, 14; Is 9:2; Jr 2:6; 4:28; 13:16; Ezk 30:3; 34:12; Jol 2:2; Am 5:8; 8:10; Mt 4:16; Lk 1:79; He 12:18.
[7] Is 13:20; 24:8; Jr 7:34; Rv 18:22.
[8] 2Ch 35:25; Jb 41:1, 10; Jr 9:17; Am 5:16; Mt 11:17; Mk 5:38.
[9] Jb 30:26; 41:18; Jr 8:15; 13:16.
[10] Gn 20:18; 29:31; 1S 1:5; Jb 6:2; 10:1, 18; 23:2; Ec 6:3; 11:10; Jr 20:17.
[11] Ps 22:9; 58:8; 71:6; 139:13; Is 46:3; Jr 15:10; Ho 9:14.
[12] Gn 30:3; 50:23; Is 66:12; Ezk 16:4.

The ease of death.

13 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, 14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves; 15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver: 16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants [which] never saw light. 17 There the wicked cease [from] troubling; and there the weary be at rest. 18 [There] the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. 19 The small and great are there; and the servant [is] free from his master.

[13] Ec 6:3; 9:10.
[14] 1K 2:10; 11:43; Jb 15:28; 30:23; Ps 49:6, 14; 89:48; Ec 8:8; Is 5:8; 14:10; Ezk 26:20; 27:18.
[15] Nu 22:18; 1K 10:27; Jb 22:25; 27:16; Is 2:7; Zp 1:18; Zc 9:3.
[16] Ps 58:8; 1Co 15:8.
[17] Jb 14:13; Ps 55:5; Is 57:1; Mt 10:28; Lk 12:4; 2Th 1:6; He 4:9, 11; 2P 2:8; Rv 14:13.
[18] Ex 5:6, 15; Jg 4:3; Jb 39:7; Is 14:3.
[19] Jb 30:23; Ps 49:2, 6, 14; Ec 8:8; 12:5, 7; Lk 16:22; He 9:27.

He complaineth of life, because of his anguish.

20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter [in] soul; 21 Which long for death, but it [cometh] not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; 22 Which rejoice exceedingly, [and] are glad, when they can find the grave? 23 [Why is light given] to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in? 24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters. 25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. 26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.

[20] 1S 1:10; 2K 4:27; Jb 3:16; 6:9; 7:15; 33:28, 30; Pv 31:6; Jr 20:18.
[21] Nu 11:15; 1K 19:4; Pv 2:4; Jna 4:3, 8; Rv 9:6.
[23] Jb 12:14; 19:8; Ps 31:8; Is 40:27; Lm 3:7, 9; Ho 2:6.
[24] Jb 7:19; Ps 22:1; 32:3; 38:8; 80:5; 102:9; Is 59:11; Lm 3:8.
[25] Jb 1:5; 31:23.
[26] Jb 27:9; Ps 143:11.


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