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Job's Opening Speech: Job 3.1-26
Job's First Speech
Finally, Job cursed the day of his birth
saying to God:
Blot out the day of my birth
and the night when my
parents created a son.
Forget about that day, cover it with darkness,
and send thick, gloomy shadows to fill it with
Erase that night from the calendar
and conceal it with
Don't let children be created or joyful shouts be heard
ever again in that night.
Let those with magic powers place a curse on
Darken its morning stars and remove all hope of light,
because it let me be born into a world of trouble.
Why didn't I die at birth? Why was I accepted
and allowed to nurse at
my mother's breast?
Now I would be at peace in the silent world below
with kings and their advisors whose palaces lie in ruins,
and with rulers once rich with silver and gold.
I wish I had been born dead and then buried,
never to see the light of
In the world of the dead, the wicked and the weary rest
Everyone is there
and slaves are free at last.
Why does God let me live
when life is miserable and so bitter?
keep longing for death
more than I would seek a valuable treasure.
Nothing could make me happier than to be in the grave.
Why do I go on
living when God has me surrounded,
and I can't see the road?
and groaning are my food and drink,
and my worst
fears have all come true.
I have no peace or rest
only troubles and
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