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Job , CHAPTER 3

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After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.

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Job spoke out and said:

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Perish the day on which I was born, the night when they said, “The child is a boy!”

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May that day be darkness: may God above not care for it, may light not shine upon it!

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May darkness and gloom claim it, clouds settle upon it, blackness of day affright it!

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May obscurity seize that night; may it not be counted among the days of the year, nor enter into the number of the months!

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May that night be barren; let no joyful outcry greet it!

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Let them curse it who curse the Sea, those skilled at disturbing Leviathan!

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May the stars of its twilight be darkened; may it look for daylight, but have none, nor gaze on the eyes of the dawn,

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Because it did not keep shut the doors of the womb to shield my eyes from trouble!

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Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire?

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Why did knees receive me, or breasts nurse me?

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For then I should have lain down and been tranquil; had I slept, I should then have been at rest

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With kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt what were ruins

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Or with princes who had gold and filled their houses with silver.

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Or why was I not buried away like a stillborn child, like babies that have never seen the light?

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There the wicked cease from troubling, there the weary are at rest.

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The captives are at ease together, and hear no overseer’s voice.

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Small and great are there; the servant is free from the master.

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Why is light given to the toilers, life to the bitter in spirit?

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They wait for death and it does not come; they search for it more than for hidden treasures.

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They rejoice in it exultingly, and are glad when they find the grave:

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A man whose path is hidden from him, one whom God has hemmed in!

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For to me sighing comes more readily than food; my groans well forth like water.

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For what I feared overtakes me; what I dreaded comes upon me.

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I have no peace nor ease; I have no rest, for trouble has come!