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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
III
 
 
[1]    AFTER this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
[2]  And Job answered and said:
[3]  Let the day perish wherein I was born,
And the night which said, There is a man-child conceived.
[4]  Let that day be darkness;
Let not God from above seek for it,
Neither let the light shine upon it.
[5]  Let darkness and the 1 shadow of death claim it for their own;
Let a cloud dwell upon it;
Let all that maketh black the day terrify it.
[6]  As for that night, let thick darkness seize upon it:
Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
Let it not come into the number of the months.
[7]  Lo, let that night be barren; 2
Let no joyful voice come therein.
[8]  Let them curse it that curse the day,
Who are ready 3 to rouse up leviathan.
[9]  Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark:
Let it look for light, but have none;
Neither let it behold the eyelids of the morning:
[10]  Because it shut not up the doors of my mother’s womb,
Nor hid trouble from mine eyes.
[11]  Why died I not from the womb?
Why did I not give up the ghost when my mother bare me?
[12]  Why did the knees receive me?
Or why the breasts, that I should suck?
[13]  For now should I have lain down and been quiet;
I should have slept; then had I been at rest,
[14]  With kings and counsellors of the earth,
Who built 4 up waste places for themselves;
[15]  Or with princes that had gold,
Who filled their houses with silver:
[16]  Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been,
As infants that never saw light.
[17]  There the wicked cease from troubling; 5
And there the weary are at rest,
[18]  There the prisoners are at ease together;
They hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
[19]  The small and the great are there:
And the servant is free from his master.
 
[20]  Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery,
And life unto the bitter in soul;
[21]  Who long 6 for death, but it cometh not,
And dig for it more than for hid treasures;
[22]  Who rejoice exceedingly, 7
And are glad, when they can find the grave?
[23]  Why is light given to a man whose way is hid,
And whom God hath hedged in?
[24]  For my sighing cometh before 8 I eat,
And my groanings 9 are poured out like water.
[25]  For the 10 thing which I fear cometh upon me,
And that which I am afraid of cometh unto me.
[26]  I am 11 not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest;
But trouble cometh.
 
Note 1. Or, deep darkness (and so elsewhere). [back]
Note 2. Or, solitary. [back]
Note 3. Or, skilful. [back]
Note 4. Or, built solitary piles. [back]
Note 5. Or, raging. [back]
Note 6. Heb. wait. [back]
Note 7. Or, unto exultation. [back]
Note 8. Or, like my food. [back]
Note 9. Heb. roarings. [back]
Note 10. Or, the thing which I feared is come, &c. [back]
Note 11. Or, was not at ease … yet trouble came. [back]
 

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