3 ·After seven days [L Afterward] Job ·cried out [L opened his mouth] and cursed ·the day he had been born [L his day; Jer. 20:14–18], 2 saying:
3 “Let the day I was born be destroyed, and the night it was said, ‘A boy is ·born [L conceived]!’ 4 Let that day turn to darkness [C contrast Gen. 1:3]. Don’t let God ·care about [L seek] it. Don’t let light shine on it. 5 Let darkness and gloom ·have that day [L redeem it]. Let a cloud ·hide [L settle over] it. Let thick darkness ·cover its light [overwhelm the day]. 6 Let thick darkness capture that night. Don’t count it among the days of the year or put it in any of the months. 7 Let that night be ·empty [barren], with no shout of joy ·to be heard [L entering it]. 8 Let those who curse ·days [or the Sea; C a symbol of chaos] curse that day [C Balaam (Num. 22–24) is an example of a professional curser]. Let them prepare to wake up the sea monster Leviathan [C a creature in ancient Near Eastern texts that represents chaos; 41:1, 12; Ps. 74:14; 104:26; Is. 27:1]. 9 Let that day’s morning stars ·never appear [L become dark]; let it ·wait [hope] for daylight that never comes. Don’t let it see the first light of dawn, 10 because it ·allowed me to be born [L did not shut the doors of my (mother’s) womb] and did not hide trouble from my eyes.
11 “Why didn’t I die as soon as I ·was born [L came out of the womb]? Why didn’t I die when I came out of the ·womb [L belly; Eccl. 6:3–5]? 12 Why did my mother’s knees receive me, and ·my mother’s breasts feed me [L why were there breasts that I could suck]? 13 If they had not been there, I would be lying dead in peace; I would be asleep and at rest 14 with kings and wise men of the earth who built places for themselves that are now ruined. 15 I would be asleep with rulers who filled their houses with gold and silver. 16 Why was I not ·buried [L hidden] like a ·child born dead [stillborn], like a baby who never saw the light of day? 17 In the grave the wicked ·stop making trouble [or cease their agitation], and the weary workers are at rest. 18 In the grave there is rest for the ·captives [prisoners] who no longer hear the ·shout [L voice] of the ·slave driver [taskmaster]. 19 People great and small are ·in the grave [L there], and the ·slave [servant] is freed from his master.
20 “Why is light given to those in misery? Why is life given to those who are ·so unhappy [depressed]? 21 They want to die, but death does not come. They search for death more than for hidden treasure. 22 They are very happy [L they celebrate] when they get to the grave. 23 They cannot see where they are going. God has ·hidden the road ahead [L placed a hedge around him]. 24 I ·make sad sounds [sigh] as I eat; my groans pour out like water. 25 ·Everything I feared and dreaded has happened to me. [or For the dread I dreaded has come to me, and what I feared has come to me.] 26 I have no peace or quietness. I have no rest, only ·trouble [agitation].”
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