1 Job complaineth, and curseth the day of his birth.  11 He desireth to die, as though death were the end of all man’s misery.

Afterward [a]Job opened his mouth, and [b]cursed his day.

And Job cried out, and said,

Let the day [c]perish wherein I was born, and the night when it was said, There is a man child conceived.

Let that day be darkness, let not God [d]regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it,

But let darkness and the [e]shadow of death stain it: let the cloud remain upon it, and let them make it fearful as a bitter day.

Let darkness possess that night, let it not be joined unto the days of the year, nor let it come into the count of the months.

Yea, desolate be that night, and let no joy be in it.

Let them that curse the day, (being [f]ready to renew their mourning) curse it.

Let the stars of that twilight be dim through darkness of it: let it look for light, but have none: neither let it [g]see [h]the dawning of the day,

10 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother’s womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.

11 [i]Why died I not in the birth? or why died I not, when I came out of the womb?

12 Why did the knees prevent me? and why did I suck the breasts?

13 For so should I now have [j]lain and been quiet, I should have slept then, and been at rest,

14 With the kings and counselors of the earth, which have built themselves [k]desolate places:

15 Or with the princes that had gold, and have filled their houses with silver.

16 Or why was I not hid, as an untimely birth, either as infants, which have not seen the light?

17 The wicked [l]have there ceased from their tyranny, and there they that labored valiantly, are at rest.

18 The [m]prisoners rest together, and hear not the voice of the oppressor.

19 There are small and great, and the servant is free from his master.

20 Wherefore is the light given to him that is in misery? and [n]life unto them that have heavy hearts?

21 Which long for death, and if it come not, they would even search it more than treasures:

22 Which joy for gladness, and rejoice, when they can find the grave.

23 Why is the light given to the man whose way is [o]hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the water.

25 For the thing I [p]feared, is come upon me, and the thing that I was afraid of, is come unto me.

26 I had no peace, neither had I quietness, neither had I rest, [q]yet trouble is come.


  1. Job 3:1 The seven days ended, Job 2:13.
  2. Job 3:1 Here Job beginneth to feel his great imperfection in this battle between the spirit and the flesh, Rom. 7:18, and after a manner yieldeth, yet in the end he getteth victory, though he was in the mean time greatly wounded.
  3. Job 3:3 Men ought not to be weary of their life, and curse it, because of the infirmities that it is subject unto, but because they are given to sin and rebellion against God.
  4. Job 3:4 Let it be put out of the number of days, and let it not have the light of the Sun to separate it from the night.
  5. Job 3:5 That is, most obscure darkness, which maketh them afraid of death that are in it.
  6. Job 3:8 Which curse the day of their birth, let them lay that curse upon this night.
  7. Job 3:9 Let it be always night, and never see day.
  8. Job 3:9 Hebrew, The eyelids of the morning.
  9. Job 3:11 This, and that which followeth, declareth, that when man giveth place to his passions, he is not able to stay nor keep measure, but runneth headlong into all evil, except God call him back.
  10. Job 3:13 The vehemency of his afflictions made him to utter these words, as though death were the end of all miseries, and as if there were no life after this, which he speaketh not as though it were so, but the infirmities of his flesh caused him to burst out in this error of the wicked.
  11. Job 3:14 He noteth the ambition of them, which for their pleasure as it were change the order of nature, and build in most barren places, because they would hereby make their names immortal.
  12. Job 3:17 That is, by death the cruelty of the tyrants hath ceased.
  13. Job 3:18 All they that sustain any kind of calamity and misery in this world: which he speaketh after the judgment of the flesh.
  14. Job 3:20 He showeth that the benefits of God are not comfortable, expect the heart be joyful, and the conscience quieted.
  15. Job 3:23 That seeth not how to come out of his miseries, because he dependeth not on God’s providence.
  16. Job 3:25 In my prosperity I looked ever for a fall, as is come now to pass.
  17. Job 3:26 The fear of troubles that should ensue, caused my prosperity to seem to me as nothing, and yet I am not exempted from trouble.

Job Speaks

After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.(A) He said:

“May the day of my birth perish,
    and the night that said, ‘A boy is conceived!’(B)
That day—may it turn to darkness;
    may God above not care about it;
    may no light shine on it.
May gloom and utter darkness(C) claim it once more;
    may a cloud settle over it;
    may blackness overwhelm it.
That night—may thick darkness(D) seize it;
    may it not be included among the days of the year
    nor be entered in any of the months.
May that night be barren;
    may no shout of joy(E) be heard in it.
May those who curse days[a] curse that day,(F)
    those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.(G)
May its morning stars become dark;
    may it wait for daylight in vain
    and not see the first rays of dawn,(H)
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?(I)
12 Why were there knees to receive me(J)
    and breasts that I might be nursed?
13 For now I would be lying down(K) in peace;
    I would be asleep and at rest(L)
14 with kings and rulers of the earth,(M)
    who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,(N)
15 with princes(O) who had gold,
    who filled their houses with silver.(P)
16 Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child,(Q)
    like an infant who never saw the light of day?(R)
17 There the wicked cease from turmoil,(S)
    and there the weary are at rest.(T)
18 Captives(U) also enjoy their ease;
    they no longer hear the slave driver’s(V) shout.(W)
19 The small and the great are there,(X)
    and the slaves are freed from their owners.

20 “Why is light given to those in misery,
    and life to the bitter of soul,(Y)
21 to those who long for death that does not come,(Z)
    who search for it more than for hidden treasure,(AA)
22 who are filled with gladness
    and rejoice when they reach the grave?(AB)
23 Why is life given to a man
    whose way is hidden,(AC)
    whom God has hedged in?(AD)
24 For sighing(AE) has become my daily food;(AF)
    my groans(AG) pour out like water.(AH)
25 What I feared has come upon me;
    what I dreaded(AI) has happened to me.(AJ)
26 I have no peace,(AK) no quietness;
    I have no rest,(AL) but only turmoil.”(AM)


  1. Job 3:8 Or curse the sea

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