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Job 14

Job Speaks of the Finality of Death

1“Man, who is born of a woman,
Is short-lived and full of turmoil.

“Like a flower he comes forth and withers;
He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.

“You also open Your eyes upon him
And bring him into judgment with Yourself.

“Who can make a clean thing out of the unclean?
No one!

“Since his days are determined,
The number of his months is with You [in Your control],
And You have made his limits so he cannot pass [his allotted time].

“[O God] turn your gaze from him so that he may rest,
Until he fulfills his day [on earth] like a hired man.

“For there is hope for a tree,
If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that the shoots of it will not cease nor fail, [but there is no such hope for man].

“Though its roots grow old in the earth
And its stump dies in the dry soil,

Yet at the scent of water [the stump of the tree] will flourish
And bring forth sprigs and shoots like a seedling.
“But [the brave, strong] man must die and lie face down;
Man breathes his last, and where is he?
“As water evaporates from the sea,
And a river drains and dries up,
So man lies down and does not rise [again].
Until the heavens are no longer,
The dead will not awake nor be raised from their sleep.

“Oh, that You would hide me in Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead),
That You would conceal me until Your wrath is past,
That You would set a definite time and then remember me [and in Your lovingkindness imprint me on your heart]!
“If a man dies, will he live again?
I will wait all the days of my struggle
Until my change and release will come.
“[Then] You will call, and I will answer You;
You will long for [me] the work of Your hands.
“But now You number [each of] my steps;
You do not observe nor take note of my sin.
“My transgression is sealed up in a bag,
And You cover my wickedness [from Your view].

“But as a mountain, if it falls, crumbles into nothing,
And as the rock is moved from its place,
Water wears away the stones,
Its floods and torrents wash away the soil of the earth,
So You [O Lord] destroy the hope of man.
“You prevail forever against him and overpower him, and he passes on;
You change his appearance and send him away [from the presence of the living].
“His sons achieve honor, and he does not know it;
They become insignificant, and he is not aware of it.
“But his body [lamenting its decay] grieves in pain over it,
And his soul mourns over [the loss of] himself.”

New International Reader's Version

Job 14

1Human beings have only a few days to live.
    Their lives are full of trouble.
They grow like flowers, and then they dry up.
    They are like shadows that quickly disappear.

“God, do you even notice them?
    Will you let them appear in your court?
Who can bring what is pure from something that isn’t pure?
    No one!
You decide how long anyone will live.
    You have established the number of his months.
    You have set a limit to the number of his days.
So look away from him. Leave him alone.
    Let him put in his time like a hired worker.

“At least there is hope for a tree.
    If it’s cut down, it will begin to grow again.
    New branches will appear on it.
Its roots may grow old in the ground.
    Its stump may die in the soil.
But when it smells water, it will begin to grow.
    It will send out new growth like a plant.
10 No man is like that. When he dies, he is buried in a grave.
    He takes his last breath. Then he is gone.
11 Water dries up from lakes.
    Riverbeds become empty and dry.
12 In the same way, people lie down and never get up.
    People won’t wake or rise from their sleep
    until the heavens are gone.

13 “I wish you would hide me in a grave!
    I wish you would cover me up until your anger passes by!
I wish you would set the time for me to spend in the grave
    and then bring me back up!
14 If someone dies, will they live again?
    All the days of my hard work
    I will wait for the time when you give me new life.
15 You will call out to me, and I will answer you.
    You will long for the person your hands have made.
16 Then you will count every step I take.
    But you won’t keep track of my sin.
17 The wrong things I’ve done will be sealed up in a bag.
    You will wipe out my sins by forgiving them.

18 “A mountain wears away and crumbles.
    A rock is moved from its place.
19 Water wears away stones.
    Storms wash away soil.
    In the same way, you destroy a person’s hope.
20 You overpower them completely, and then they’re gone.
    You change the way they look and send them to their graves.
21 If their children are honored, they don’t even know it.
    If their children are dishonored, they don’t even see it.
22 All they feel is the pain of their own bodies.
    They are full of sadness only for themselves.”