| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || AFTER this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.|
| ||And Job answered and said:|
| ||Let the day perish wherein I was born,|
And the night which said, There is a man-child conceived.
| ||Let that day be darkness;|
Let not God from above seek for it,
Neither let the light shine upon it.
| ||Let darkness and the 1 shadow of death claim it for their own;|
Let a cloud dwell upon it;
Let all that maketh black the day terrify it.
| ||As for that night, let thick darkness seize upon it:|
Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
Let it not come into the number of the months.
| ||Lo, let that night be barren; 2|
Let no joyful voice come therein.
| ||Let them curse it that curse the day,|
Who are ready 3 to rouse up leviathan.
| ||Let 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:
| ||Because it shut not up the doors of my mothers womb,|
Nor hid trouble from mine eyes.
| ||Why died I not from the womb?|
Why did I not give up the ghost when my mother bare me?
| ||Why did the knees receive me?|
Or why the breasts, that I should suck?
| ||For now should I have lain down and been quiet;|
I should have slept; then had I been at rest,
| ||With kings and counsellors of the earth,|
Who built 4 up waste places for themselves;
| ||Or with princes that had gold,|
Who filled their houses with silver:
| ||Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been,|
As infants that never saw light.
| ||There the wicked cease from troubling; 5|
And there the weary are at rest,
| ||There the prisoners are at ease together;|
They hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
| ||The small and the great are there:|
And the servant is free from his master.
| ||Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery,|
And life unto the bitter in soul;
| ||Who long 6 for death, but it cometh not,|
And dig for it more than for hid treasures;
| ||Who rejoice exceedingly, 7|
And are glad, when they can find the grave?
| ||Why is light given to a man whose way is hid,|
And whom God hath hedged in?
| ||For my sighing cometh before 8 I eat,|
And my groanings 9 are poured out like water.
| ||For the 10 thing which I fear cometh upon me,|
And that which I am afraid of cometh unto me.
| ||I am 11 not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest;|
But trouble cometh.
|Note 1. Or, deep darkness (and so elsewhere). [back]|
|Note 2. Or, solitary. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, skilful. [back]|
|Note 4. Or, built solitary piles. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, raging. [back]|
|Note 6. Heb. wait. [back]|
|Note 7. Or, unto exultation. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, like my food. [back]|
|Note 9. Heb. roarings. [back]|
|Note 10. Or, the thing which I feared is come, &c. [back]|
|Note 11. Or, was not at ease
yet trouble came. [back]|