1 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2 And Job 1 spoke, and said:
"May a the day perish on which I was born,
And the night in which it was said,
'A male child is conceived.' 4 May that day be darkness;
May God above not seek it,
Nor the light shine upon it. 5 May darkness and b the shadow of death claim it;
May a cloud settle on it;
May the blackness of the day terrify it. 6 As for that night, may darkness seize it;
May it not 2 rejoice among the days of the year,
May it not come into the number of the months. 7 Oh, may that night be barren!
May no joyful shout come into it! 8 May those curse it who curse the day,
Those c who are ready to arouse Leviathan. 9 May the stars of its morning be dark;
May it look for light, but have none,
And not see the 3 dawning of the day; 10 Because it did not shut up the doors of my mother's womb,
Nor hide sorrow from my eyes.
"Why d did I not die at birth?
Why did I not 4 perish when I came from the womb? 12 e Why did the knees receive me?
Or why the breasts, that I should nurse? 13 For now I would have lain still and been quiet,
I would have been asleep;
Then I would have been at rest 14 With kings and counselors of the earth,
Who f built ruins for themselves, 15 Or with princes who had gold,
Who filled their houses with silver; 16 Or why was I not hidden g like a stillborn child,
Like infants who never saw light? 17 There the wicked cease from troubling,
And there the 5 weary are at h rest. 18 There the prisoners 6 rest together;
i They do not hear the voice of the oppressor. 19 The small and great are there,
And the servant is free from his master.
"Why j is light given to him who is in misery,
And life to the k bitter of soul, 21 Who l long 7 for death, but it does not come,
And search for it more than m hidden treasures; 22 Who rejoice exceedingly,
And are glad when they can find the n grave? 23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden,
o And whom God has hedged in? 24 For my sighing comes before 8 I eat,
And my groanings pour out like water. 25 For the thing I greatly p feared has come upon me,
And what I dreaded has happened to me. 26 I am not at ease, nor am I quiet;
I have no rest, for trouble comes."