Three friends accuse Job
After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
And Job spake, and said,
Let the day perish
wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man
(3:2-3, 11, 16)|
Because of God's cruel wager with Satan,
Job curses the day he was born.
(3:2-3) "Job spake, and said, Let the day perish wherein I was born."
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let
the light shine upon it.
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it;
let the blackness of the day terrify it.
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.||
Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.||
Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their
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:||
Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from
Why died I not from the
womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?||
(3:11) "Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?"
Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?||
For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then
had I been at rest,||
With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for
Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:||
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw
(3:16) "Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw
There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.||
There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the
The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.||
Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the
bitter in soul;||
Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid
Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?||
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?||
For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was
afraid of is come unto me.||
I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble