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Job expresses his sense of the miseries of man's life, by cursing the day of his birth.

[1] After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day, [2] And he said: [3] Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said: A man child is conceived. [4] Let that day be turned into darkness, let not God regard it from above, and let not the light shine upon it. [5] Let darkness, and the shadow of death cover it, let a mist overspread it, and let it be wrapped up in bitterness.

[1] "Cursed his day": Job cursed the day of his birth, not by way of wishing evil to any thing of God's creation; but only to express in a stronger manner his sense of human miseries in general, and of his own calamities in particular.

[6] Let a darksome whirlwind seize upon that night, let it not be counted in the days of the year, nor numbered in the months. [7] Let that night be solitary, and not worthy of praise. [8] Let them curse it who curse the day. who are ready to raise up a leviathan: [9] Let the stars be darkened with the mist thereof: let it expect light and not see it, nor the rising of the dawning of the day: [10] Because it shut not up the doors of the womb that bore me, nor took away evils from my eyes.

[11] Why did I not die in the womb, why did I not perish when I came out of the belly? [12] Why received upon the knees? why suckled at the breasts? [13] For now I should have been asleep and still, and should have rest in my sleep. [14] With kings and consuls of the earth, who build themselves solitudes: [15] Or with princes, that possess gold, and All their houses with silver:

[16] Or as a hidden untimely birth I should not be, or as they that being conceived have not seen the light. [17] There the wicked cease from tumult, and there the wearied in strength are at rest. [18] And they sometime bound together without disquiet, have not heard the voice of the oppressor. [19] The small and great are there, and the servant is free from his master. [20] Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to them that are in bitterness of soul?

[21] That look for death, and it cometh not, as they that dig for a treasure: [22] And they rejoice exceedingly when they have found the grave. [23] To a man whose way is hidden, and God hath surrounded him with darkness? [24] Before I eat I sigh: and as overflowing waters, so is my roaring: [25] For the fear which I feared hath come upon me: and that which I was afraid of, hath befallen me.

[26] Have I not dissembled? have I not kept silence? have I not been quiet? and indignation is come upon me.

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