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Job 14 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Job Continues: Death Comes Soon to All

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:1 - “Man who is born of a woman
is few of days and full of trouble.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:2 - He comes out like a flower and withers;
he flees like a shadow and continues not.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:3 - And do you open your eyes on such a one
and bring me into judgment with you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:4 - Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
There is not one.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:5 - Since his days are determined,
and the number of his months is with you,
and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:6 - look away from him and leave him alone,[fn]
that he may enjoy, like a hired hand, his day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:7 - “For there is hope for a tree,
if it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
and that its shoots will not cease.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:8 - Though its root grow old in the earth,
and its stump die in the soil,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:9 - yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put out branches like a young plant.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:10 - But a man dies and is laid low;
man breathes his last, and where is he?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:11 - As waters fail from a lake
and a river wastes away and dries up,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:12 - so a man lies down and rises not again;
till the heavens are no more he will not awake
or be roused out of his sleep.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:13 - Oh that you would hide me in Sheol,
that you would conceal me until your wrath be past,
that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:14 - If a man dies, shall he live again?
All the days of my service I would wait,
till my renewal[fn] should come.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:15 - You would call, and I would answer you;
you would long for the work of your hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:16 - For then you would number my steps;
you would not keep watch over my sin;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:17 - my transgression would be sealed up in a bag,
and you would cover over my iniquity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:18 - “But the mountain falls and crumbles away,
and the rock is removed from its place;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:19 - the waters wear away the stones;
the torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
so you destroy the hope of man.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:20 - You prevail forever against him, and he passes;
you change his countenance, and send him away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:21 - His sons come to honor, and he does not know it;
they are brought low, and he perceives it not.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 14:22 - He feels only the pain of his own body,
and he mourns only for himself.”
ESV Footnotes
Probable reading; Hebrew look away from him, that he may cease
Or relief

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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