Thursday, 28 January 2010

Job 3:1-26 (RSV)

After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.

And Job said:

"Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night which said, 'A man-child is conceived.'

Let that day be darkness! May God above not seek it, nor light shine upon it.

Let gloom and deep darkness claim it. Let clouds dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.

That night--let thick darkness seize it! let it not rejoice among the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.

Yea, let that night be barren; let no joyful cry be heard in it.

Let those curse it who curse the day, who are skilled to rouse up Leviathan.

Let the stars of its dawn be dark; let it hope for light, but have none, nor see the eyelids of the morning;

Because it did not shut the doors of my mother's womb, nor hide trouble from my eyes.

"Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire?

Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should suck?

For then I should have lain down and been quiet; I should have slept; then I should have been at rest:

With kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves;

Or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver;

Or why was I not as a hidden untimely birth, as infants that never see the light?

There the wicked cease from troubling, 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 slave is free from his master.

"Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul;

who long for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they find the grave?

Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, whom God has hedged in? Rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they find the grave?

For my sighing comes as my bread, and my groanings are poured out like water

For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me.

I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest; but trouble comes."

22 comments:

kmplx said...

haba! are you feeling suicidal?

miz-cynic said...

lovely poem baroque.*shaking my bent head*

Rita said...

bArOquE'm please throw more light on why you are sharing this verse...no introduction...no conclusion.

Are you ok?

Thank so much for you comment on my blog. i said Amen to it. God bless you and keep you.

Jaycee said...

After all those words...there was one thing Job didn't do: "Curse God."

~Sirius~ said...

Hey! I hope you don't feel like Job in this text right now. Remember, after darkness comes light, just hold on.

Myne Whitman said...

This is just the difficult parts. Remember how the story ends? Hold on please..

ManCee said...

...someone once told me 'this too shall pass...'

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Keep your head up, whatever it is...

NoLimit said...

Bruv these are deep words...whatever it is, know that all things work together for good for those that love God and are called according to His purpose...this too shall pass...it passed for Job and his latter days was greater than the beginning!
Chin up bruv!!!

Original Mgbeke said...

Baroque, is all well?

bArOquE said...

~kmplx, suicidal ke? do i look like Farouk? heehee

~mizcynic, poem ke? its an original rant

~Rita, not sure i have read the bible in a long while, but saw this today & it ministered to me...i cant quite explain much

~Jaycee, curse God ke? thats pointless

~Sirius, i'm really in tune with this chapter of the bible right now...

~MyneWhitman, my dear, this story would most likely end differently...but definitely good for me. FTW

~ManCee, if it likes let it not pass, i will pass over it

~Solomsydelle, i'm trying my best

~Limitless, thanks

~OriginalM, my sister, it is not all well...

kmplx said...

phewwww! ah for fear! my heart has been in my mouth siiiince!

mizchif said...

Whatever it is, hope it gets sorted sharpish.

All the best.

StandTall-The Activist said...

upon what was this reflection based?

ibiluv said...

pele..........you'll be fyne

Miss Natural said...

hmm im sure hoping that by now everything has sorted itself out. pls say it is so. happy new year!

Queen of My Castle said...

Nothing like a scripture that ministers to the very heart and soul of you...

Shubby Doo said...

well written B.

p.s
trouble comes but the lord is thy shepherd.

N.I.M.M.O said...

It is well.

LusciousRon said...

Ahem... what is wrong? I do not understand this

Tyger said...

hello sexy Job!

how ya doing?

FFF said...

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm