14:1 Man a [that is] born of a woman [is] of few days, and full of trouble.
(a) Taking the opportunity of his adversaries
words he describes the state of man's life from his birth to his death.
14:3 And dost thou open thine
eyes upon such an b one, and bringest me
into judgment with thee?
(b) His meaning is, that seeing that man is so
frail a creature, God should not handle him so extremely, in which Job shows
the wickedness of the flesh, when it is not subject to the Spirit.
Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, c
as an hireling, his day.
(c) Until the time you have appointed him to die,
which he desires as the hireling waits for the end of his labour to receive
d But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea,
man giveth up the ghost, and where [is] he?
(d) He speaks here not as though he had no hope
of immortality but as a man in extreme pain, when reason is overcome by
afflictions and torments.
O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret,
until thy e wrath be past, that thou
wouldest appoint me a set time, and f
(e) By this he declares that the fear of God's
judgment was the reason why he desired to die.
(f) That is, relieve my pain and take me to
14:14 If a man die, shall he live [again]? all the
days of my appointed time will I wait, till g
my change come.
(g) Meaning, to the day of the resurrection when
he would be changed and renewed.
14:15 Thou shalt call, and I will h
answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
(h) Though I am afflicted in this life, yet in
the resurrection I will feel your mercies and answer when you call me.
14:17 My transgression [is]
sealed up in a i bag, and thou sewest up
(i) You lay them all together and do not allow
any of my sins to go unpunished.
14:18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to
nought, and the k rock is removed out of
(k) He murmurs through the impatiency of the
flesh against God, as though he used great severity against him as against the
hard rocks, or waters that overflow, so that by this the opportunity of his
hope is taken away.
But his l flesh upon him shall have
pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.
(l) Yet while he is in pain and misery.