Job 3:1-26 NIV

Job 3:1-26 NIV [1] After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. [2] He said: [3] "May the day of my birth perish, and the night that said, 'A boy is conceived!' [4] That day-may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine on it. [5] May gloom and utter darkness claim it once more; may a cloud settle over it; may blackness overwhelm it. [6] That night-may thick darkness seize it; may it not be included among the days of the year nor be entered in any of the months. [7] May that night be barren; may no shout of joy be heard in it. [8] May those who curse days curse that day, those who are ready to rouse Leviathan. [9] May its morning stars become dark; may it wait for daylight in vain and not see the first rays of dawn, [10] for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me to hide trouble from my eyes. [11] "Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? [12] Why were there knees to receive me and breasts that I might be nursed? [13] For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest [14] with kings and rulers of the earth, who built for themselves places now lying in ruins, [15] with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver. [16] Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day? [17] There the wicked cease from turmoil, and there the weary are at rest. [18] Captives also enjoy their ease; they no longer hear the slave driver's shout. [19] The small and the great are there, and the slaves are freed from their owners. [20] "Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul, [21] to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure, [22] who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave? [23] Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in? [24] For sighing has become my daily food; my groans pour out like water. [25] What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. [26] I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil."

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