Job intreateth God for favour, by the shortness of life, and certainty of death.
Job 14:1 Man that is borne of a woman, is of few dayes, and full of trouble. Job 14:2 Hee commeth forth like a flower, and is cut downe: he fleeth also, as a shaddow and continueth not. Job 14:3 And doest thou open thine eies vpon such an one, and bringest me into iudgment with thee? Job 14:4 Who can bring a cleane thing out of an vncleane? not one. Job 14:5 Seeing his daies [are] determined, the number of his moneths [are] with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot passe. Job 14:6 Turne from him that hee may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hircling, his day.
Though life once lost be irrecoverable, yet he waiteth for his change.
Job 14:7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut downe, that it will sprout againe, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Job 14:8 Though the roote thereof waxe old in the earth, and the stocke thereof die in the ground: Job 14:9 [Yet] through the sent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughes like a plant. Job 14:10 But man dyeth, and wasteth away; yea, man giueth vp the ghost, and where is hee? Job 14:11 As the waters faile from the sea, and the floud decayeth and dryeth vp: Job 14:12 So man lyeth downe, and riseth not, till the heauens be no more, they shall not awake; nor bee raised out of their sleepe. Job 14:13 O that thou wouldest hide mee in the graue, that thou wouldest keepe me secret, vntill thy wrath bee past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me. Job 14:14 If a man die, shall he liue againe? All the dayes of my appointed time will I waite, till my change come. Job 14:15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt haue a desire to the worke of thine hands.
By sin the creature is subject to corruption.
Job 14:16 For nowe thou numbrest my steppes, doest thou not watch ouer my sinne? Job 14:17 My transgression [is] sealed vp in a bagge, and thou sowest vp mine iniquitie. Job 14:18 And surely the mountaine falling commeth to nought: and the rocke is remoued out of his place. Job 14:19 The waters weare the stones, thou washest away the things which growe [out] of the dust of the earth, and thou destroyest the hope of man. Job 14:20 Thou preuailest for euer against him, and hee passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away. Job 14:21 His sonnes come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought lowe, but he perceiueth it not of them. Job 14:22 But his flesh vpon him shall haue paine, and his soule within him shall mourne.