Job intreateth God for favour, by the shortness of life, and certainty of death.
Job 14:1 Man, that is born of a woman, Is of few days, and full of trouble. Job 14:2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. Job 14:3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such a one, And bringest me into judgment with thee? Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. Job 14:5 Seeing his days are determined, The number of his months is with thee, And thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; Job 14:6 Look away from him, that he may rest, Till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, 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 down, that it will sprout again, And that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Job 14:8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, And the stock thereof die in the ground; Job 14:9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, And put forth boughs like a plant. Job 14:10 But man dieth, and is laid low: Yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? Job 14:11 [As] the waters fail from the sea, And the river wasteth and drieth up; Job 14:12 So man lieth down and riseth not: Till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, Nor be roused out of their sleep. Job 14:13 Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol, That thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, That thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! Job 14:14 If a man die, shall he live [again]? All the days of my warfare would I wait, Till my release should come. Job 14:15 Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee: Thou wouldest have a desire to the work of thy hands.
By sin the creature is subject to corruption.
Job 14:16 But now thou numberest my steps: Dost thou not watch over my sin? Job 14:17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And thou fastenest up mine iniquity. Job 14:18 But the mountain falling cometh to nought; And the rock is removed out of its place; Job 14:19 The waters wear the stones; The overflowings thereof wash away the dust of the earth: So thou destroyest the hope of man. Job 14:20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth; Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away. Job 14:21 His sons come to honor, and he knoweth it not; And they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them. Job 14:22 But his flesh upon him hath pain, And his soul within him mourneth.