After this hath Job opened his mouth, and revileth his day.
And Job answereth and saith: --
Let the day perish in which I am born, And the night that
hath said: 'A man-child hath been conceived.'
That day -- let it be darkness, Let not God require it from
above, Nor let light shine upon it.
Let darkness and death-shade redeem it, Let a cloud
tabernacle upon it, Let them terrify it as the most bitter of days.
That night -- let thick darkness take it, Let it not be
united to days of the year, Into the number of months let it not come.
Lo! that night -- let it be gloomy, Let no singing come into
Let the cursers of day mark it, Who are ready to wake up
Let the stars of its twilight be dark, Let it wait for
light, and there is none, And let it not look on the eyelids of the dawn.
Because it hath not shut the doors Of the womb that was
mine! And hide misery from mine eyes.
Why from the womb do I not die? From the belly I have come
forth and gasp!
Wherefore have knees been before me? And what are
breasts, that I suck?
For now, I have lain down, and am quiet, I have slept --
then there is rest to me,
With kings and counsellors of earth, These building wastes
Or with princes -- they have gold, They are filling their
houses with silver.
(Or as a hidden abortion I am not, As infants -- they have
not seen light.)
There the wicked have ceased troubling, And there rest do
the wearied in power.
Together prisoners have been at ease, They have not heard
the voice of an exactor,
Small and great are there the same. And a servant is
free from his lord.
Why giveth He to the miserable light, and life to the bitter
Who are waiting for death, and it is not, And they seek it
above hid treasures.
Who are glad -- unto joy, They rejoice when they find a
To a man whose way hath been hidden, And whom God doth shut
For before my food, my sighing cometh, And poured out as
waters are my roarings.
For a fear I feared and it meeteth me, And what I was afraid
of doth come to me.
I was not safe -- nor was I quiet -- Nor was I at rest --
and trouble cometh!