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1 Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2 And Job said, 3 Let the day perish on which I was to be born, And the night which said, A boy is conceived. 4 May that day be darkness; Let not God above care for it, Nor light shine on it. 5 Let darkness and black gloom claim it; Let a cloud settle on it; Let the blackness of the day terrify it. 6 As for that night, let darkness seize it; Let it not rejoice among the days of the year; Let it not come into the number of the months. 7 Behold, let that night be barren; Let no joyful shout enter it. 8 Let those curse it who curse the day, Who are prepared to rouse Leviathan. 9 Let the stars of its twilight be darkened; Let it wait for light but have none, And let it not see the breaking dawn; 10 Because it did not shut the opening of my mothers womb, Or hide trouble from my eyes. 11 Why did I not die at birth, Come forth from the womb and expire? 12 Why did the knees receive me, And why the breasts, that I should suck? 13 For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest, 14 With kings and with counselors of the earth, Who rebuilt ruins for themselves; 15 Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver. 16 Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light. 17 There the wicked cease from raging, And there the weary are at rest. 18 The prisoners are at ease together; They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster. 19 The small and the great are there, And the slave is free from his master. 20 Why is light given to him who suffers, And life to the bitter of soul, 21 Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures, 22 Who rejoice greatly, And exult when they find the grave? 23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in? 24 For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water. 25 For what I fear comes upon me, And what I dread befalls me. 26 I am not at ease, nor am I quiet, And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes.
1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered, 2 If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient? But who can refrain from speaking? 3 Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands. 4 Your words have helped the tottering to stand, And you have strengthened feeble knees. 5 But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; It touches you, and you are dismayed. 6 Is not your fear of God your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope? 7 Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed? 8 According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it. 9 By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an end. 10 The roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken. 11 The lion perishes for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered. 12 Now a word was brought to me stealthily, And my ear received a whisper of it. 13 Amid disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men, 14 Dread came upon me, and trembling, And made all my bones shake. 15 Then a spirit passed by my face; The hair of my flesh bristled up. 16 It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice: 17 Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker? 18 He puts no trust even in His servants; And against His angels He charges error. 19 How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth! 20 Between morning and evening they are broken in pieces; Unobserved, they perish forever. 21 Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, yet without wisdom.
1 Call now, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn? 2 For anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple. 3 I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately. 4 His sons are far from safety, They are even oppressed in the gate, And there is no deliverer. 5 His harvest the hungry devour And take it to a place of thorns, And the schemer is eager for their wealth. 6 For affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble sprout from the ground, 7 For man is born for trouble, As sparks fly upward. 8 But as for me, I would seek God, And I would place my cause before God; 9 Who does great and unsearchable things, Wonders without number. 10 He gives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields, 11 So that He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety. 12 He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success. 13 He captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted. 14 By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night. 15 But He saves from the sword of their mouth, And the poor from the hand of the mighty. 16 So the helpless has hope, And unrighteousness must shut its mouth. 17 Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. 18 For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal. 19 From six troubles He will deliver you, Even in seven evil will not touch you. 20 In famine He will redeem you from death, And in war from the power of the sword. 21 You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes. 22 You will laugh at violence and famine, And you will not be afraid of wild beasts. 23 For you will be in league with the stones of the field, And the beasts of the field will be at peace with you. 24 You will know that your tent is secure, For you will visit your abode and fear no loss. 25 You will know also that your descendants will be many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth. 26 You will come to the grave in full vigor, Like the stacking of grain in its season. 27 Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is. Hear it, and know for yourself.