1 After this, opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day, 2 and said, "Let the day perish, wherein I was born,
3 and the night in the which it was said, 'There is a man child conceived.' 4 The same day be turned to darkness, and not regarded of God from above, neither let the light shine upon it: 5 but let it be stained with darkness, and the shadow of death. Let the dim cloud fall upon it, and let it be lapped in with sorrow. 6 Let the dark storm overcome that night; let it not be reckoned among the days of the year, nor counted in the months. 7 Despised be that night, and discommended: let them that curse the day, 8 give it their curse also, even those that be ready to raise vp Leviathan. 9 Let the stars of that night be dim through darkness of it. Let it look for light, but let it see none, neither the raising up of the fair morning: 10 because it shut not up the womb that bare me. For then should these sorrows have been hid from mine eyes.
11 "Alas, why died I not in the birth? Why did not I perish, as soon as I came out of my mother's womb? 12 Why set they me upon their knees? Why gave they me suck with their breasts? 13 Then should I now have lain still; I should have slept, and been at rest, 14 like as the kings and lords of the earth, which build themselves special places: 15 As the princes that have great substance of gold, and their houses full of silver. 16 O that I utterly had no being, or were as a thing born out of time that is put aside, either as young children, which never saw the light. 17 There, must the wicked cease from their tyranny, there such as are overlaboured be at rest. 18 There, are those let out free which have been in prison, so that they hear no more the voice of the oppressor. 19 There, are small and great; the bondman, and he that is free from his master.
20 "Wherefore is the light given to him that is in misery? And life unto them that have heavy hearts? 21 Which long for death, if it come not; 22 and search for it more than for treasure. Which also would be exceedingly glad, and rejoice if they found their grave. 23 That should be joy to the man whose way is hid, which God keepeth back from him. 24 For my sighs come before I eat, and my roarings fall out like flowing water. 25 For the thing that I feared is come upon me: and the thing that I was afraid of, is happened unto me. 26 Was I not happy? Had I not quietness? Was I not in rest? And now cometh such misery upon me!"