Verse 1. "After this Iyov opened his mouth and cursed his day."
Verse 2. "And Iyov spoke,
Verse 3. "Oh that the day had perished wherein I was born, and the night which said,
there is a man child conceived."
Verse 4. "Let that day be darkness; let not G-d
inquire after it from above, nor let the light shine upon it."
Verse 5. "Let
darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the
blackness of the day terrify it."
Verse 6. "As for that night, let darkness seize
upon it; let it not rejoice among the days of the year, let it not come into
the number of the months."
Verse 7. "Lo, let that night be solitary, let not joyful
cry be heard in it."
Verse 8. "Let them curse it who curse the day, who are ready to
Verse 9. "Let the stars of its dusk be dark; let it look for
light, but have none; and let it not see the eyelids of morn:"
Verse 10. "Because it
did not shut up the doors of my mother's womb nor hide trouble from my eyes."
Verse 11. "Why did I not die from the womb? Why did I not perish when I came out
of the belly?"
Verse 12. "Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts that I
Verse 13. "For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should
have slept: then had I been at rest,"
Verse 14. "With kings and counsellors of the
earth, who built desolate places for themselves;"
Verse 15. "Or with princes that had
gold, who filled their houses with silver:"
Verse 16. "Or as a hidden untimely birth
I had not been; as infants that never saw light."
Verse 17. "There the wicked cease
from troubling; and there the weary are at rest."
Verse 18. "There the prisoners are
at ease together; they hear not the voice of the slave driver."
Verse 19. "The small
and great are there; and the servant is free from his master."
Verse 20. "Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in
Verse 21. "Who long for death, but it does not come; and dig for it more than
Verse 22. "Who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can
find a grave?"
Verse 23. "Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, and from
whom G-d has screened himself?"
Verse 24. "For my sighing comes before I eat, and my
roarings are poured out like the waters."
Verse 25. "For the thing which I had
feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come to me."
Verse 26. "I
had no repose, nor had I rest, nor was I quiet; yet trouble came."
Although he believes that G-d knows everything he cannot
accept that his bitter lot is a Divine decree. Furthermore his tragedies
cannot be attributed to chance. The bizarre nature and rapid succession of
his misfortunes cannot be explained as mere coincidence.
This ideology puts serious constraints on the notion of free
will and limits the accountability for our deeds. Although we like to think
of ourselves as the masters of our own destiny, Iyov's present line of
thought relegates such notions to the relm of delusion.