Job

Job 3 ©

1Job curseth the day of his birth, 11and wisheth he had never been roused out of the quiet sleep of the grave: 20he complaineth of life because of his anguish.

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AFTER this aopened Job his mouth, and bcursed his day.

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And Job 1spake, and said,

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cLet the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.

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Let that day be ddarkness; let not eGod regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.

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Let darkness and the fshadow of death 2stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; 3let the blackness of the day terrify it.

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As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; 4let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.

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Lo, let that night be gsolitary, let no joyful voice come therein.

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Let them curse it hthat curse the day, who are ready to raise up 5their mourning.

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Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it ilook for light, but have none; neither let it see 6the dawning of the day:

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Because it jshut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid ksorrow from mine eyes.

k v.24. ch. 6.2,3; 10.1; 23.2.
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Why ldied I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?

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Why mdid the knees *prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?

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For now should nI have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,

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oWith kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;

o Ps. 49.6-10,14; 89.48. ch. 30.23.
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Or with princes that had gold, who pfilled their houses with silver:

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Or qas an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

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There the rwicked cease from troubling; and there the 7weary be at rest.

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There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the soppressor.

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The tsmall and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.

t Je. 5.4,5. Ps. 49.2,10; 89.48. ch. 30.23.
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Wherefore is ulight given to him that is in misery, and life unto the vbitter in soul;

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wWhich 8long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

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Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

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Why is light given to a man xwhose way is hid, and ywhom God hath zhedged in?

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For amy sighing cometh 9before I eat, and bmy roarings are poured out like the waters.

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For 10the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

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cI was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.