Never Being Born
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The Son of Man is going just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better (more profitable and wholesome) for that man if he had never been born!
So I praised and thought more fortunate those who have been long dead than the living, who are still alive. But better than them both [I thought] is he who has not yet been born, who has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.
After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed his day (birthday). And Job said, Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night which announced, There is a man-child conceived.read more.
Let that day be darkness! May not God above regard it, nor light shine upon it. Let gloom and deep darkness claim it for their own; let a cloud dwell upon it; let all that blackens the day terrify it (the day that I was born). As for that night, let thick darkness seize it; let it not rejoice among the days of the year; let it not come into the number of the months. Yes, let that night be solitary and barren; let no joyful voice come into it. Let those curse it who curse the day, who are skilled in rousing up Leviathan. Let the stars of the early dawn of that day be dark; let [the morning] look in vain for the light, nor let it behold the day's dawning, Because it shut not the doors of my mother's womb nor hid sorrow and trouble from my eyes. Why was I not stillborn? Why did I not give up the ghost when my mother bore me? Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should suck? For then would I have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept; then would I have been at rest [in death] With kings and counselors of the earth, who built up [now] desolate ruins for themselves, Or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver. Or [why] was I not a miscarriage, hidden and put away, as infants who never saw light? There [in death] the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest. There the [captive] prisoners rest together; they hear not the taskmaster's voice. The small and the great are there, and the servant is free from his master.
Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me to be a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither loaned, nor have men loaned to me, yet everyone curses me.
For the Son of Man is going as it stands written concerning Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good (profitable and wholesome) for that man if he had never been born.
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