Job 3
Job expresses his discouragement
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Explanation
.1 ¶ After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
.2 And Job spake, and said, 
  1 - Cursed Job had been resigned and now is very discouraged. Was cursing here sinful? It could have been. God is the judge. Compare jb0109.
  2 - Spake Or "responded." Here he reacts to his situation. zc0304.
 3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
 4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
 5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. 
.6 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. 
 7 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
.8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning. 
.9 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: 
 10 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
  This block, verses 3-10, is the first stanza of a solemn poem. The two blocks which follow are the other two stanzas.

  5 - Stain The word "redeem" (as a relative) is another meaning of the Hebrew word and may have been a better choice.
  8 - Let them curse Did Job believe in sorcerers? Many commentators believe so. The text may better describe people who engage in robbery, adultery, and deception jn0319.
  8 - Mourning The sentence should read "... who are ready to arouse leviathan." If reference had been to sorcery, Job may have used the idea for poetic color. In ancient mythology a great dragon was thought to be the enemy of sun and moon and to have power over eclipses. On leviathan, see jb4101.

 11 ¶ Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
 12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
.13 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
 14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
 15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
.16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
.17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. 
.18 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
 19 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
  11 - Give up the ghost That is, stop breathing.
  18 - Prisoners The dead are pictured as in prison. Prisoners will one day be released the righteous raised to eternal life. See is2619.
 20 ¶ Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;
 21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; 
 22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
.23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
 24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters. 
 25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. 
.26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
  22 - Which long In deep suffering, death is a blessing. Even without suffering, we may see the lifetime God grants is, in mercy, short. It is our joy to honor Him and to lead souls to Him with the resources He provides. ps09009f.
  23 - Why light? When God has hedged in jb1908.
  24 - Before I eat Literally "before my bread."
  26 - Yet trouble came Job did not know what inspiration has shown to us jb0106ff.
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