Also the night when someone said: ‘A man has been conceived!’
4 Let that day be darkness.
Let God above show no concern for it;
Let no light shine upon it.
Let a rain cloud settle over it.
Let whatever darkens the day terrify it.
Let it not rejoice among the days of a year,
And let it not enter among the number of the months.
7 Indeed! Let that night become barren;
Let no joyful cry be heard in it.
9 Let the stars of its twilight grow dark;
Let it wait in vain for daylight,
And let it not see the rays of dawn.
11 Why did I not die at birth?
Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?+
12 Why were there knees to receive me
And breasts to nurse me?
I would be sleeping and at rest+
14 With kings of the earth and their advisers,
Who built for themselves places that are now in ruins,*
15 Or with princes who possessed gold,
Whose houses were filled with silver.
16 Or why was I not like a hidden miscarriage,
Like children who have never seen the light?
18 There the prisoners are at ease together;
They do not hear the voice of the one forcing them to work.
They dig for it more than for hidden treasures,
22 Those who are rejoicing greatly,
Who are happy when they find the grave.
25 For what I have dreaded has come upon me,
And what I have feared has befallen me.
26 I have had no peace, no quiet, no rest,
But trouble keeps coming.”