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1     ¶ After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
2     And Job spake, and said,
3     Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
4     Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
5     Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
6     As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
7     Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
8     Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.
9     Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see 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     ¶ Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
12     Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
13     For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
14     With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
15     Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
16     Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
17     There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
18     There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
19     The small and 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     Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
22     Which rejoice exceedingly, 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 I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
25     For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
26     I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.



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