THE BOOK OF
Job 14 ©
Job, seeking to find some ease with God from his pains, he describes the general wretchedness of the life of man, v. 1, etc. Prays to be released from his sufferings for a time, 13. He complains about God’s severity against man, exercising the same now against his person, 16. As also against others and their posterity, 21.
MAN that is born of a woman isa of 1few days, and full of 2trouble.
He cometh forth like ab flower, and is cut down: he fleeth alsoc as a shadow, and continueth not.
Andd dost thou open thine eyes 3upon such an one, and 4bringest me into judgment with thee?
Whoe can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? 5not one.
Seeingf6his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his 7bounds that he cannot pass;
Turng8from him, that he may 9rest, till he shall accomplish, as an 10hireling,h11his day.
12For there is hope 13of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will 14sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
Yet through the scent of water 15it will bud, and bring forth boughs like 16a plant.
But man dieth, and 17wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and 18where is he?
As 19the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
So man 20lieth down, 21and riseth not: 22till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
23O that 24thou wouldest hide me 25in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me 26a set time, and 27remember me!
28If a man die, shall he live again? 29all the days of my appointed 30time 31will I 32wait, till my 33change come.
Thou shalt 34call, and I will 35answer thee: thou wilt have a 36desire to 37the work of thine hands.
38Fori now thou 39numberest my 40steps: dost 41thou not watch over my sin?
My transgression is 42sealed up in a bag, and 43thou sewest up mine iniquity.
And surely the mountain 44falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.
The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which 45grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he 46passeth: thou changest his 47countenance, and sendest him away.
His sons 48come to honour, and 49he knoweth it not; and they are brought 50low, but 51he perceiveth it not of them.
52But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.