Job 14

Job Speaks of the Finality of Death

1 a  Man, who is born of woman,
Lit short of days
short-lived and c  full of turmoil.
2 d  Like a flower he comes forth and withers.
He also flees like e  a shadow and does not remain.
3You also f  open Your eyes on him
And g  bring
So with some ancient versions; M.T. me
him into judgment with Yourself.
4 i  Who can make the clean out of the unclean?
No one!
5Since his days are determined,
The j  number of his months is with You;
And his limits You have
Lit made
set so that he cannot pass.
6 l  Turn Your gaze from him that he may
Lit cease
Until he
Lit makes acceptable
fulfills his day like a hired man.

7For there is hope for a tree,
When it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And its shoots will not
Or cease
8Though its roots grow old in the ground
And its stump dies in the dry soil,
9At the scent of water it will flourish
And put forth sprigs like a plant.
10“But p  man dies and lies prostrate.
Man q  expires, and where is he?
11As r  water
Lit disappears
evaporates from the sea,
And a river becomes parched and dried up,
12So t  man lies down and does not rise.
Until the heavens are no longer,
Lit They
He will not awake nor be aroused out of
Lit their
his sleep.

13Oh that You would hide me in
I.e. the nether world
That You would conceal me x  until Your wrath returns to You,
That You would set a limit for me and remember me!
14If a man dies, will he live again?
All the days of my struggle I will wait
Until my change comes.
15You will call, and I will answer You;
You will long for y  the work of Your hands.
16For now You z  number my steps,
You do not aa  observe my sin.
17My transgression is ab  sealed up in a bag,
And You
Lit plaster; or glue together
wrap up my iniquity.

18But the falling mountain
Lit withers
crumbles away,
And the rock moves from its place;
19Water wears away stones,
Its torrents wash away the dust of the earth;
So You ae  destroy man’s hope.
20You forever overpower him and he af  departs;
You change his appearance and send him away.
21His sons achieve honor, but ag  he does not know it;
Or they become insignificant, but he does not perceive it.
22“But his
Lit flesh
body pains him,
And he mourns only for himself.”

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