Job 3 (asv)
3:3Let the day perish wherein I was born,
And the night which said, There is a man-child conceived.
Let not God from above seek for it,
Neither let the light shine upon it.
Let a cloud dwell upon it;
Let all that maketh black the day terrify it.
Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
Let it not come into the number of the months.
3:7Lo, let that night be barren;
Let no joyful voice come therein.
Who are ready to rouse up leviathan.
3:9Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark:
Let it look for light, but have none;
Neither let it behold the eyelids of the morning:
3:10Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb,
Nor hid trouble from mine eyes.
3:11Why died I not from the womb?
Why did I not give up the ghost when my mother bare me?
3:12Why did the knees receive me?
Or why the breast, that I should suck?
3:13For now should I have lain down and been quiet;
I should have slept; then had I been at rest,
3:14With kings and counsellors of the earth,
Who built up waste places for themselves;
3:15Or with princes that had gold,
Who filled their houses with silver:
3:16Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been,
As infants that never saw light.
3:17There the wicked cease from troubling;
And there the weary are at rest.
3:18There the prisoners are at ease together;
They hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
3:19The small and the great are there:
And the servant is free from his master.
3:20Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery,
3:21Who long for death, but it cometh not,
And dig for it more than for hid treasures;
3:22Who rejoice exceedingly,
And are glad, when they can find the grave?
And whom God hath hedged in?
3:24For my sighing cometh before I eat,
And my groanings are poured out like water.
3:25For the thing which I fear cometh upon me,
And that which I am afraid of cometh unto me.
3:26I am not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest;
But trouble cometh.