Job Curses His Day of Birth
1 After this, Job opened his mouth†
2 and cursed his day, saying:
3 “May the day perish on which I was born, And the night in which they said, ‘Behold, a male child.’
4 May that day be darkness, And may the Lord not regard it from above; Nor may the light come upon it.
5 May darkness and the shadow of death seize it; May a cloud settle on it.
6 May that day and night be cursed; May darkness carry it away; May it not come into the days of the year; May it not be numbered with the days of the month.
7 But may that night be sorrow, And may no gladness come upon it, nor joy.
8 But may he who curses that day curse it, Even he who is about to subdue the great sea-monster.†
9 May the stars of that night be darkened, And may it remain dark. May it not come into the light, And may it not see the morning star arise;
10 Because it did not shut up the doors of my mother’s womb, For it would have removed sorrow from my eyes.
11 Why did I not die in the womb? Why did I not perish immediately when I came from the womb?
12 Why did the knees receive me, And why did I nurse the breasts?
13 For now I would have been lying down and quiet; I would have slept and been at rest
14 With kings and counselors of the earth Who were insolent with their swords,
15 Or with rulers who had abundant gold And filled their houses with silver;
16 Or I would have been like an untimely birth Proceeding from his mother’s womb, Or like infants who never saw the light.
17 There the ungodly have burnt out the fury of wrath; There the weary in body are at rest.
18 There men of ancient times have ceased together To hear the voice of those who collect taxes.
19 The small and great are there, And the servant who feared his master.
20 Why is light given to those in bitterness, And life to souls in pain,†
21 Who long for death, but do not obtain it, Digging for it like treasures,†
22 And would be very joyful if they could obtain it?
23 Death is a rest to such a man, For God is against him.
24 For groaning comes before my food; And I weep and am oppressed with terror.
25 For the terror I was concerned about came to me, And what I feared happened to me;
26 Neither was I at peace or quiet, nor at rest, For wrath came upon me.”
1 The praise of an ode by David. †Come, let us greatly rejoice in the Lord; Let us shout aloud to God our savior;
2 Let us come before His face with thanksgiving, And let us shout aloud to Him with psalms.
3 For the Lord is a great God, A great King over all the gods;
4 For in His hand are the ends of the earth, And the heights of the mountains are His;
5 For the sea is His, and He made it, And His hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us worship and fall down before Him, And let us weep before the Lord who made us;
7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you hear His voice,
8 “Do not harden your hearts as in the Rebellion, During the day of testing in the desert,
9 Where your fathers tempted Me; They tested Me, and saw My works.
10 For forty years I was treated with contempt by that generation, And I said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they do not know My ways’;
11 So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”
Proverbs of Solomon 20
16 Do not love to speak ill, That you may not be taken away;
17 Open your eyes, And you will be filled with bread.†
18 A double standard is an abomination to the Lord, And a deceitful scale is not good before Him.
19 Steps are made straight for a man by the Lord, But how can a mortal man understand His ways?
20 It is a snare for a man to quickly sanctify something of his own things as holy, Then after making this vow, to come to a change of heart.†
The Coming of the Kingdom
20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;
21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”†
22 Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.
23 And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them.
24 For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.
25 But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:†
27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
31 “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back.
32 Remember Lot’s wife.
33 Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
34 I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left.†
35 Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left.
36 Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.”
37 And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”†