Never Being Born
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The Son of Man will go just as it is written about Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
So I admired the dead, who have already died, more than the living, who are still alive. But better than either of them is the one who has not yet existed, who has not seen the evil activity that is done under the sun.
After this, Job began to speak and cursed the day he was born. He said: May the day I was born perish,
and the night when they said,
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If only that day had turned to darkness!
May God above not care about it,
or light shine on it. May darkness and gloom reclaim it,
and a cloud settle over it.
May an eclipse of the sun terrify it. If only darkness had taken that night away!
May it not appear among the days of the year
or be listed in the calendar. Yes, may that night be barren;
may no joyful shout be heard in it. Let those who curse certain days
cast a spell on it,
those who are skilled in rousing Leviathan. May its morning stars grow dark.
May it wait for daylight but have none;
may it not see the breaking of dawn. For that night did not shut
the doors of my mother’s womb,
and hide sorrow from my eyes. Why was I not stillborn;
why didn’t I die as I came from the womb? Why did the knees receive me,
and why were there breasts for me to nurse? Now I would certainly be lying down in peace;
I would be asleep.
Then I would be at rest with the kings and counselors of the earth,
who rebuilt ruined cities for themselves, or with princes who had gold,
who filled their houses with silver. Or why was I not hidden like a miscarried child,
like infants who never see daylight? There the wicked cease to make trouble,
and there the weary find rest. The captives are completely at ease;
they do not hear the voice of their oppressor. Both small and great are there,
and the slave is set free from his master.
Woe is me, my mother,
that you gave birth to me,
a man who incites dispute and conflict
in all the land.
I did not lend or borrow,
yet everyone curses me.
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