(Week 26 of the year: Tuesday)
WHY GIVE LIGHT TO A MAN OF GRIEF?
After this Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day,
And he said:
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said: A man child is conceived.
Why did I not die in the womb, why did I not perish when I came out of the belly?
Why received upon the knees? why suckled at the breasts?
For now I should have been asleep and still, and should have rest in my sleep.
With kings and consuls of the earth, who build themselves solitudes:
Or with princes, that possess gold, and fill their houses with silver:
Or as a hidden untimely birth I should not be, or as they that being conceived have not seen the light.
There the wicked cease from tumult, and there the wearied in strength are at rest.
Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to them that are in bitterness of soul?
That look for death, and it cometh not, as they that dig for a treasure:
And they rejoice exceedingly when they have found the grave.
To a man whose way is hidden, and God hath surrounded him with darkness?
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.