Job 3

Job Laments His Birth

1 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2 And Job 1 spoke, and said:

3 "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.

11 "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.

20 "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."

  1. Cross References
    Job 10:18
    Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!
    Job 10:19
    I would have been as though I had not been. I would have been carried from the womb to the grave.
    Jeremiah 20:14 - 18
    Cursed be the day in which I was born! Let the day not be blessed in which my mother bore me!
  2. Cross References
    Job 10:21
    Before I go to the place from which I shall not return, To the land of darkness and the shadow of death.
    Job 10:22
    A land as dark as darkness itself, As the shadow of death, without any order, Where even the light is like darkness.'
    Jeremiah 13:16
    Give glory to the LORD your God Before He causes darkness, And before your feet stumble On the dark mountains, And while you are looking for light, He turns it into the shadow of death And makes it dense darkness.
    Amos 5:8
    He made the Pleiades and Orion; He turns the shadow of death into morning And makes the day dark as night; He calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the face of the earth; The LORD is His name.
  3. Cross References
    Jeremiah 9:17
    Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Consider and call for the mourning women, That they may come; And send for skillful wailing women, That they may come.
  4. Cross References
    Job 10:18
    Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!
    Job 10:19
    I would have been as though I had not been. I would have been carried from the womb to the grave.
  5. Cross References
    Genesis 30:3
    So she said, "Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she will bear a child on my knees, that I also may have children by her.
  6. Cross References
    Job 15:28
    He dwells in desolate cities, In houses which no one inhabits, Which are destined to become ruins.
    Isaiah 58:12
    Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 58:8
    Let them be like a snail which melts away as it goes, Like a stillborn child of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
  8. Cross References
    Job 17:16
    Will they go down to the gates of Sheol? Shall we have rest together in the dust?
  9. Cross References
    Job 39:7
    He scorns the tumult of the city; He does not heed the shouts of the driver.
  10. Cross References
    Jeremiah 20:18
    Why did I come forth from the womb to see labor and sorrow, That my days should be consumed with shame?
  11. Cross References
    2 Kings 4:27
    Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, "Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the LORD has hidden it from me, and has not told me.
  12. Cross References
    Revelation 9:6
    In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.
  13. Cross References
    Proverbs 2:4
    If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures.
  14. Cross References
    Job 7:15
    So that my soul chooses strangling And death rather than my body.
    Job 7:16
    I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone, For my days are but a breath.
  15. Cross References
    Job 19:8
    He has fenced up my way, so that I cannot pass; And He has set darkness in my paths.
    Psalms 88:8
    You have put away my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an abomination to them; I am shut up, and I cannot get out.
    Lamentations 3:7
    He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out; He has made my chain heavy.
  16. Cross References
    Job 9:28
    I am afraid of all my sufferings; I know that You will not hold me innocent.
    Job 30:15
    Terrors are turned upon me; They pursue my honor as the wind, And my prosperity has passed like a cloud.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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