|Job 14:1 "Man, who is born of a woman,
Is short-lived and full of turmoil.
|Job 14:2 "Like a flower he comes forth and withers;
He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.
|Job 14:3 "You also open Your eyes upon him
And bring him into judgment with Yourself.
|Job 14:4 "Who can make a clean thing out of the unclean?
No one! [Is 1:18; 1 John 1:7]
|Job 14:5 "Since his days are determined,
The number of his months is with You [in Your control],
And You have made his limits so he cannot pass [his allotted time].
|Job 14:6 "[O God] turn your gaze from him so that he may rest,
Until he fulfills his day [on earth] like a hired man.
|Job 14:7 ¶ "For there is hope for a tree,
If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that the shoots of it will not cease nor fail, [but there is no such hope for man].
|Job 14:8 "Though its roots grow old in the earth
And its stump dies in the dry soil,
|Job 14:9 Yet at the scent of water [the stump of the tree] will flourish
And bring forth sprigs and shoots like a seedling.
|Job 14:10 "But [the brave, strong] man must die and lie face down;
Man breathes his last, and where is he?
|Job 14:11 "As water evaporates from the sea,
And a river drains and dries up,
|Job 14:12 So man lies down and does not rise [again].
Until the heavens are no longer,
The dead will not awake nor be raised from their sleep.
|Job 14:13 ¶ "Oh, that You would hide me in Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead),
That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past,
That You would set a definite time and then remember me [and in Your lovingkindness imprint me on your heart]!
|Job 14:14 "If a man dies, will he live again?
I will wait all the days of my struggle
Until my change and release will come. [John 5:25; 6:40; 1 Thess 4:16]
|Job 14:15 "[Then] You will call, and I will answer You;
You will long for [me] the work of Your hands.
|Job 14:16 "But now You number [each of] my steps;
You do not observe nor take note of my sin.
|Job 14:17 "My transgression is sealed up in a bag,
And You cover my wickedness [from Your view].
|Job 14:18 ¶ "But as a mountain, if it falls, crumbles into nothing,
And as the rock is moved from its place,
|Job 14:19 Water wears away the stones,
Its floods and torrents wash away the soil of the earth,
So You [O Lord] destroy the hope of man.
|Job 14:20 "You prevail forever against him and overpower him, and he passes on;
You change his appearance and send him away [from the presence of the living].
|Job 14:21 "His sons achieve honor, and he does not know it;
They become insignificant, and he is not aware of it.
|Job 14:22 "But his body [lamenting its decay] grieves in pain over it,
And his soul mourns over [the loss of] himself."