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Jó 3

1 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 it was said: ‘A boy is born!’«

4 »Let that day turn to darkness. May God above not care about it. Let no light shine upon it.

5 »Let darkness and the shadow of death claim it once more. May a cloud settle over it and may blackness overwhelm its light.

6 »About 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 »Let the night be barren and may no shout of joy be heard in it.

8 »May those who curse days curse that day, those who are ready to lift up Leviathan Babylonian symbol of sadness and mourning.

9 »Let its morning stars become dark and cause it to 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 »I would be with kings and counselors of the earth, who built for themselves places now lying in ruins.

15 »I would be with rulers who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.

16 »Why was I not hidden 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. The slave is freed from his master.

20 »Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter in heart?

21 »They long for death that does not come. They search for it more than for hidden treasure.

22 »They are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave.

23 »Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged fenced in?

24 »Sighing comes to me instead of 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. I have no quietness. I have no rest. I only have turmoil!«

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