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Job 14


Job Speaks of the Finality of Death

Job 14:1   "Man, who is born of 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 on him And bring him into judgment with Yourself.
Job 14:4   "Who can make the clean out of the unclean? No one!
Job 14:5   "Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; And his limits You have set so that he cannot pass.
Job 14:6   "Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest, Until he fulfills his day like a hired man.
Job 14:7   "For there is hope for a tree, When it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And its shoots will not fail.
Job 14:8   "Though its roots grow old in the ground And its stump dies in the dry soil,
Job 14:9   At the scent of water it will flourish And put forth sprigs like a plant.
Job 14:10   "But man dies and lies prostrate. Man expires, and where is he?
Job 14:11   "As water evaporates from the sea, And a river becomes parched and dried up,
Job 14:12   So man lies down and does not rise. Until the heavens are no longer, He will not awake nor be aroused out of his sleep.
Job 14:13   "Oh that You would hide me in Sheol, That You would conceal me until Your wrath returns to You, That You would set a limit for me and remember me!
Job 14:14   "If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my struggle I will wait Until my change comes.
Job 14:15   "You will call, and I will answer You; You will long for the work of Your hands.
Job 14:16   "For now You number my steps, You do not observe my sin.
Job 14:17   "My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And You wrap up my iniquity.
Job 14:18   "But the falling mountain crumbles away, And the rock moves from its place;
Job 14:19   Water wears away stones, Its torrents wash away the dust of the earth; So You destroy man's hope.
Job 14:20   "You forever overpower him and he departs; You change his appearance and send him away.
Job 14:21   "His sons achieve honor, but he does not know it; Or they become insignificant, but he does not perceive it.
Job 14:22   "But his body pains him, And he mourns only for himself."
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