After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
That is, the day of his birth.
And Job spake, and said,
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
Let the day
That is, as we say, "Let it be blotted out of the calendar."
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
or, challenge it. let a cloud.
let the blackness
or, let them terrify it, as those who have a bitter day.
As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
let it not be joined unto the days
or, let it not rejoice among the days.
Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.
who are ready
or, a leviathan.
Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:
look for light
the dawning of the day
Heb. the eye-lids of the morning.
Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
it shut not
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
when I came
Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
then had I been at rest
With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
Who erect splendid mausoleums, funeral monuments, etc. to keep their names from perishing, while their bodies are turned to corruption.
Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
who filled their houses
That is, "the covetous, whom nothing can satisfy," as the poet Saady has observed, "but the dust that fills his mouth, when laid in the grave."
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
Heb. the wearied in strength. at rest.
There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
and the servant
Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;
Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
Heb. my meat. my roarings.
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
the thing, etc
Heb. I feared a fear and it came upon me. that which.
I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.