3 Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a male 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 rejoice among 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 into it. 8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to arouse leviathan. 9 Let the stars of its twilight 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 my eyes.
11 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not expire when I came out of the womb? 12 Why did the knees receive me? or why the breasts that I should nurse? 13 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then would I have been at rest, 14 With kings and counselors of the earth, who built desolate 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 who never saw light. 17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary are 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 Therefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; 21 Who long for death, but it comes not; and dig for it more than for hidden treasures; 22 Who 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 has hedged in? 24 For my sighing comes before I eat, and my groanings are poured out like the waters. 25 For the thing which I greatly feared has come upon me, and that which I was afraid of has come unto me. 26 I was not at ease, neither had I quiet, neither was I at rest; yet trouble came.