1 {Afterward} Job opened his mouth and cursed his day. 2 Thus Job {spoke up} and said,
3 "Let [the] day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, 'A man-child is conceived.' 4 Let that day become darkness; may God not seek it from above, nor may daylight shine on it. 5 Let darkness and deep shadow claim it; let clouds settle on it; let them terrify it [with the] blackness of day. 6 Let darkness seize that night; let it not rejoice among [the] days of [the] year; let it not enter among [the] number of [the] months. 7 Look, let that night become barren; let a joyful song not enter it. 8 Let those who curse the day curse it, those who are skilled at rousing Leviathan. 9 Let the stars of its dawn be dark; let it hope for light but there be none, and let it not see [the] eyelids of dawn 10 because it did not shut the doors of my [mother's] womb, nor did it hide trouble from my eyes.
11 "Why did I not die at birth? [Why] did I [not] come forth from [the] womb and expire? 12 Why did [the] knees receive me and the breasts, that I could suck? 13 For now I would lie down, and I would be at peace; I would be asleep; then {I would be at rest} 14 with kings and counselors of [the] earth, who {rebuild} ruins for themselves, 15 or with high officials {who have gold}, who fill up their houses [with] silver. 16 Or [why] was I not hidden like a miscarriage, like infants [who] did not see [the] light? 17 There [the] wicked cease from troubling, and there [the] {weary} are at rest; 18 [the] prisoners are at ease together; they do not hear [the] oppressor's voice. 19 [The] small and [the] great [are] there, and [the] slave [is] free from his masters.
20 "Why does he give light to one in misery and life to [those] bitter of soul, 21 who wait for death, but {it does not come}, and search [for] it more than [for] treasures, 22 who rejoice {exceedingly}, [and] they are glad when they find [the] grave? 23 [Why does he give light] to a man whose way is hidden, and God has fenced him in [all] around? 24 For my sighing comes {before} my bread, and my groanings gush forth like water 25 because the dread that I {feel} has come upon me, and what I feared befalls me. 26 I am not at ease, and I am not at peace, and I do not have rest, thus turmoil has come."