Job Continues: Death Comes Soon to All1 “Man who is a born of a woman
is b few of days and c full of trouble.
2He comes out like d a flower and e withers;
he flees like f a shadow and continues not.
3And do you g open your eyes on such a one
and h bring me into judgment with you?
4Who can bring i a clean thing out of an unclean?
There is not one.
5Since his j days are determined,
and k the number of his months is with you,
and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass,
6 l look away from him and leave him alone ▼
▼Probable reading; Hebrew look away from him, that he may cease
that he may enjoy, like n a hired hand, his day.
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.
8Though its root grow old in the earth,
and o its stump die in the soil,
9yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put out p branches like a young plant.
10But a man dies and is laid low;
man breathes his last, and q where is he?
11 r As waters fail from a lake
and a river wastes away and dries up,
12so a man lies down and rises not again;
till s the heavens are no more he will not awake
or be t roused out of his sleep.
13Oh that you would u hide me in v Sheol,
that you would w conceal me x until your wrath be past,
that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
14If a man dies, shall he live again?
All the days of my y service I would z wait,
till my renewal ▼
▼Or reliefshould come.
15You would ab call, and I would answer you;
you would long for the ac work of your hands.
16For then you would ad number my steps;
you would not keep ae watch over my sin;
17my transgression would be af sealed up in a bag,
and you would cover over my iniquity.
18 “But the mountain falls and ag crumbles away,
and ah the rock is removed from its place;
19the waters wear away the stones;
the torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
so you destroy the hope of man.
20You prevail forever against him, and he passes;
you change his countenance, and send him away.
21His sons come to honor, and he ai does not know it;
they are brought low, and he perceives it not.
22He feels only the pain of his own body,
and he mourns only for himself.”
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