Job 14

English Standard Version

1 “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. (Ge 47:9; Job 5:7; Job 10:20; Job 15:14; Job 16:22; Job 25:4; Ps 39:5; Ps 89:47; Mt 11:11)2 He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not. (Job 8:9; Job 17:7; Ps 37:2; Ps 90:6; Ps 103:15; Ps 109:23; Isa 40:6; Jas 1:10; 1Pe 1:24)3 And do you open your eyes on such a one and bring me into judgment with you? (Job 22:4; Ps 8:4; Ps 143:2; Ps 144:3)4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? There is not one. (Job 15:14; Ps 51:5; Joh 3:6)5 Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass, (Job 7:1; Job 21:21; Ps 39:4)6 look away from him and leave him alone,[1] that he may enjoy, like a hired hand, his day. (Job 7:1; Job 7:19)7 “For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.8 Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the soil, (Isa 11:1)9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out branches like a young plant. (Job 29:19)10 But a man dies and is laid low; man breathes his last, and where is he? (Job 29:7)11 As waters fail from a lake and a river wastes away and dries up, (Isa 19:5)12 so a man lies down and rises not again; till the heavens are no more he will not awake or be roused out of his sleep. (De 11:21; Ps 72:5; Ps 89:29; Mt 5:18; Joh 11:11)13 Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would conceal me until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me! (Job 21:13; Ps 27:5; Ps 31:20; Isa 26:20)14 If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal[2] should come. (Job 7:1; Job 13:15)15 You would call, and I would answer you; you would long for the work of your hands. (Job 10:3; Job 13:22)16 For then you would number my steps; you would not keep watch over my sin; (Job 10:6; Job 31:4; Job 34:21)17 my transgression would be sealed up in a bag, and you would cover over my iniquity. (De 32:34; Ho 13:12)18 “But the mountain falls and crumbles away, and the rock is removed from its place; (Job 18:4; Isa 34:4)19 the waters wear away the stones; the torrents wash away the soil of the earth; so you destroy the hope of man.20 You prevail forever against him, and he passes; you change his countenance, and send him away.21 His sons come to honor, and he does not know it; they are brought low, and he perceives it not. (Ec 9:5)22 He feels only the pain of his own body, and he mourns only for himself.”