Job 14 New American Standard Bible

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Job Muses on the Brevity of Life

14 1  " Man , who is born of woman , Is short-lived e and full of turmoil . 2  " Like a flower he comes forth and withers . He also flees like a shadow and does not remain . 3  "You also open Your eyes on him And bring 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 his limits You have set so that he cannot pass . 6  " Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest , Until he fulfills his day like a hired man .

7  "For there is hope for a tree , When it is cut down , that it will sprout again , And its shoots will not fail . 8  "Though its roots grow old in the ground And its stump dies in the dry soil , 9  At the scent of water it will flourish And put forth sprigs like a plant . 10  "But man dies and lies prostrate . Man expires , and where is he? 11  "As water evaporates from the sea , And a river becomes parched and dried up, 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 . 13  "Oh e 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! 14  "If a man dies , will he live again? All the days of my struggle I will wait Until my change 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 transgression is sealed up in a bag , And You wrap up my iniquity . 18  "But the falling mountain crumbles away , And the rock moves from its place ; 19  Water wears away stones , Its torrents wash away the dust of the earth ; So You destroy 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 , but he does not perceive it. 22  "But his body pains him, And he mourns only for himself ."

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