Job 14
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Job Speaks of the Finality of Death

1“Man, who is born of woman,

Is [a]short-lived and full of turmoil.

2“Like a flower he comes out and withers.

He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.

3“You also open Your eyes on him

And bring [b]him into judgment with Yourself.

4“Who can make the clean out of the unclean?

No one!

5“Since his days are determined,

The number of his months is with You;

And You have [c]set his limits so that he cannot pass.

6“Look away from him so that he may [d]rest,

Until he [e]fulfills his day like a hired worker.

7“For there is hope for a tree,

When it is cut down, that it will sprout again,

And its shoots will not [f]fail.

8“Though its roots grow old in the ground,

And its stump dies in the dry soil,

9At the scent of water it will flourish

And produce sprigs like a plant.

10“But a man dies and lies prostrate.

A person passes away, and where is he?

11As water [g]evaporates from the sea,

And a river becomes parched and dried up,

12So a man lies down and does not rise.

Until the heavens no longer exist,

[h]He will not awake nor be woken from [i]his sleep.

13“Oh that You would hide me in [j]Sheol,

That You would conceal me until Your wrath returns to You,

That You would set a limit for me and remember me!

14“If a man dies, will he live again?

All the days of my struggle I will wait

Until my relief comes.

15“You will call, and I will answer You;

You will long for the work of Your hands.

16“For now You number my steps,

You do not observe my sin.

17“My wrongdoing is sealed up in a bag,

And You cover over my [k]guilt.

18“But the falling mountain [l]crumbles away,

And the rock moves from its place;

19Water wears away stones,

Its torrents wash away the dust of the earth;

So You destroy a man’s hope.

20“You forever overpower him and he departs;

You change his appearance and send him away.

21“His sons achieve honor, but he does not know it;

Or they become insignificant, and he does not perceive it.

22“However, his [m]body pains him,

And his soul mourns for himself.”

[a] 1 Lit short of days
[b] 3 As in some ancient versions; MT me
[c] 5 Lit made
[d] 6 Lit cease
[e] 6 Lit makes acceptable
[f] 7 Or cease
[g] 11 Lit disappears
[h] 12 Lit They
[i] 12 Lit their
[j] 13 I.e., the netherworld
[k] 17 Or unjust deed
[l] 18 Lit withers
[m] 22 Lit flesh

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