1 After this, opened Iob his mouth, and cursed his day.
2 And Iob spake, and said,
3 Let the day perish, wherein I was borne, and the night in which it was said, There is a man-childe conceiued.
4 Let that day bee darkenesse, let not God regard it from aboue, neither let the light shine vpon it.
5 Let darkenes and the shadowe of death staine it, let a cloud dwell vpon it, let the blacknes of the day terrifie it.
6 As for that night, let darkenesse seaze vpon it, let it not be ioyned vnto the dayes of the yeere, let it not come into the number of the moneths.
7 Loe, let that night be solitarie, let no ioyfull voice come therein.
8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise vp their mourning.
9 Let the starres of the twilight thereof be darke, let it looke for light, but haue none, neither let it see the dawning of the day:
10 Because it shut not vp the doores of my mothers wombe, nor hid sorrowe from mine eyes.
11 Why died I not from the wombe? why did I not giue vp the ghost when I came out of the bellie?
12 Why did the knees preuent mee? or why the breasts, that I should sucke?
13 For now should I haue lien still and beene quiet, I should haue slept; then had I bene at rest,
14 With Kings and counsellers of the earth, which built desolate places for themselues,
15 Or with Princes that had golde, who filled their houses with siluer:
16 Or as an hidden vntimely birth, I had not bene; as infants which neuer saw light.
17 There the wicked cease from troubling: and there the wearie be at rest.
18 There the prisoners rest together, they heare not the voice of the oppressour.
19 The small and great are there, and the seruant is free from his master.
20 Wherefore is light giuen to him that is in misery, and life vnto the bitter in soule?
21 Which long for death, but it commeth not, and dig for it more then for hid treasures:
22 Which reioice exceedingly, and are glad when they can finde the graue?
23 Why is light giuen to a man, whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
24 For my sighing commeth before I eate, and my roarings are powred out like the waters.
25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come vpon me, and that which I was afraid of, is come vnto me.
26 I was not in safetie, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet: yet trouble came.