Job intreateth God for favour, by the shortness of life, and certainty of death.
Job 14:1 Man that is borne of a woman, hath but a shorte tyme to lyue, and is full of dyuerse miseries. Job 14:2 He cometh vp, and falleth awaye like a floure. He flyeth as it were a shadowe, and neuer continueth in one state. Job 14:3 Thinkest thou it now well done, to open thine eyes vpon soch one, and to brynge me before the in iudgment? Job 14:4 Who can make it cleane, that commeth of an vncleane thinge? No body. Job 14:5 The dayes of man are shorte, ye nombre of his monethes are knowne only vnto the. Thou hast apoynted him his boundes, he can not go beyonde them. Job 14:6 Go from him, that he maye rest a litle: vntill his daye come, which he loketh for, like as an hyrelinge doth.
Though life once lost be irrecoverable, yet he waiteth for his change.
Job 14:7 Yf a tre be cutt downe, there is some hope yet, that it will sproute and shute forth the braunches againe: Job 14:8 For though a rote be waxen olde and deed in the grounde, yet whe the stocke Job 14:9 getteth the sent of water, it will budde, and brynge forth bowes, like as when it was first planted. Job 14:10 But as for man, when he is deed, perished and consumed awaye, what becommeth of him? Job 14:11 The floudes when they be dryed vp, & the ryuers when they be emptie, are fylled agayne thorow the flowinge waters of the see: Job 14:12 but when man slepeth, he ryseth not agayne, vntill the heauen perish: he shal not wake vp ner ryse out of his slepe. Job 14:13 O that thou woldest kepe me, and hyde me in the hell, vntill thy wrath were stilled: & to appoynte me a tyme, wherin thou mightest remembre me. Job 14:14 Maye a deed man lyue agayne? All the dayes of this my pilgremage am I lokynge, when my chaunginge shal come. Job 14:15 Yf thou woldest but call me, I shulde obeie the: only despyse not the worke of thine owne hondes.
By sin the creature is subject to corruption.
Job 14:16 For thou hast nombred all my goynges, yet be not thou to extreme vpon my synnes. Job 14:17 Thou hast sealed vp myne offences, as it were in a bagg: but be mercifull vnto my wickednesse. Job 14:18 The mountaynes fall awaye at the last, the rockes are remoued out of their place, Job 14:19 the waters pearse thorow the very stones by litle and litle, the floudes wasshe awaye the grauell & earth: Euen so destroyest thou the hope of man in like maner. Job 14:20 Thou preuaylest agaynst him, so that he passeth awaye: thou chaungest his estate, and puttest him from the. Job 14:21 Whether his children come to worshipe or no, he can not tell: And yf they be men of lowe degre, he knoweth not. Job 14:22 Whyle he lyueth, his flesh must haue trauayle: and whyle the soule is in him, he must be in sorowe.