fSee ch. 8:9; 17:7; Ps. 109:23
Job Continues: Death Comes Soon to All1 “Man who is aborn of a woman
is bfew of days and cfull of trouble.
2He comes out like da flower and ewithers;
he flees like fa shadow and continues not.
3And do you gopen your eyes on such a one
and hbring me into judgment with you?
4Who can bring ia clean thing out of an unclean?
There is not one.
5Since his jdays are determined,
and kthe number of his months is with you,
and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass,
6 llook away from him and leave him alone ▼
▼Probable reading; Hebrew look away from him, that he may cease
that he may enjoy, like na 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 oits stump die in the soil,
9yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put out pbranches like a young plant.
10But a man dies and is laid low;
man breathes his last, and qwhere is he?
11 rAs waters fail from a lake
and a river wastes away and dries up,
12so a man lies down and rises not again;
till sthe heavens are no more he will not awake
or be troused out of his sleep.
13Oh that you would uhide me in vSheol,
that you would wconceal me xuntil 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 yservice I would zwait,
till my renewal ▼
▼Or reliefshould come.
15You would abcall, and I would answer you;
you would long for the acwork of your hands.
16For then you would adnumber my steps;
you would not keep aewatch over my sin;
17my transgression would be afsealed up in a bag,
and you would cover over my iniquity.
18 “But the mountain falls and agcrumbles away,
and ahthe 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 aidoes 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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