The Book of Job
1 – After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day,
2 – and he said:
3 – Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said: A man child is conceived.
4 – Let that day be turned into darkness, let not God regard it from above, and let not the light shine upon it.
5 – Let darkness, and the shadow of death cover it, let a mist overspread it, and let it be wrapped up in bitterness.
6 – Let a darksome whirlwind seize upon that night, let it not be counted in the days of the year, nor numbered in the months.
7 – Let that night be solitary, and not worthy of praise.
8 – Let them curse it who curse the day. who are ready to raise up a leviathan:
9 – Let the stars be darkened with the mist thereof: let it expect light and not see it, nor the rising of the dawning of the day:
10 – Because it shut not up the doors of the womb that bore me, nor took away evils from my eyes.
11 – Why did I not die in the womb, why did I not perish when I came out of the belly?
12 – Why received upon the knees? why suckled at the breasts ?
13 – For now I should have been asleep and still, and should have rest in my sleep.
14 – With kings and consuls of the earth, who build themselves solitudes:
15 – Or with princes, that possess gold, and All their houses with silver:
16 – Or as a hidden untimely birth I should not be, or as they that being conceived have not seen the light.
17 – There the wicked cease from tumult, and there the wearied in strength are at rest.
18 – And they sometime bound together without disquiet, have not heard the voice of the oppressor.
19 – The small and great are there, and the servant is free from his master.
20 – Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to them that are in bitterness of soul?
21 – That look for death, and it cometh not, as they that dig for a treasure:
22 – And they rejoice exceedingly when they have found the grave.
23 – To a man whose way is hidden, and God hath surrounded him with darkness?
24 – Before I eat I sigh: and as overflowing waters, so is my roaring:
25 – For the fear which I feared hath come upon me: and that which I was afraid of, hath befallen me.
26 – Have I not dissembled ? have I not kept silence ? have I not been quiet? and indignation is come upon me.
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