King James Version

Job 14

1Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

And doth thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout 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 it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?

11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:

12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!

14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.

18 And surely the mountains falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.

19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.

20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.

22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.

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.”