11 “Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not[a]perish when I came from the womb? 12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse? 13 For now I would have lain still and been quiet, I would have been asleep; Then I would have been at rest 14 With kings and counselors of the earth, Who built ruins for themselves, 15 Or with princes who had gold, Who filled their houses with silver; 16 Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, Like infants who never saw light? 17 There the wicked cease from troubling, And there the [b]weary are at rest. 18 There the prisoners [c]rest together; They do not hear the voice of the oppressor. 19 The small and great are there, And the servant is free from his master.
20 “Why is light given to him who is in misery, And life to the bitter of soul, 21 Who long[d] for death, but it does not come, And search for it more than hidden treasures; 22 Who rejoice exceedingly, And are glad when they can find the grave?
3 If a man begets a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness, or indeed he has no burial, I say thata [a]stillborn child is better than he—
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