Job intreateth God for favour, by the shortness of life, and certainty of death.
Job 14:1 Man, born of woman, is of few days, and full of trouble. Job 14:2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; and he fleeth as a shadow, and continueth not. Job 14:3 Yet dost thou open thine eyes upon such a one, and bringest me into judgment with thee? Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean [man] out of the unclean? Not one! Job 14:5 If his days are determined, if the number of his months is with thee, [and] thou hast appointed his bounds which he must not pass, Job 14:6 Look away from him; and let him rest, till he 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 for a tree: if it be cut down, it will sprout again, and its tender branch will not cease; Job 14:8 Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stock die in the ground, Job 14:9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and put forth boughs like a young plant. Job 14:10 But a man dieth, and is prostrate; yea, man expireth, and where is he? Job 14:11 The waters recede from the lake, and the river wasteth and drieth up: Job 14:12 So man lieth down, and riseth not again; till the heavens be no more, they do not awake, nor are raised out of their sleep. Job 14:13 Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol, that thou wouldest keep me secret until thine anger 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 time of toil would I wait, till my change should come: Job 14:15 Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee; thou wouldest have a desire after the work of thy hands.
By sin the creature is subject to corruption.
Job 14:16 For 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 heapest up mine iniquity. Job 14:18 And indeed a mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of its place; Job 14:19 The waters wear the stones, the floods thereof wash away the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man. Job 14:20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth away; thou changest his countenance, and dismissest him. Job 14:21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, and he perceiveth it not. Job 14:22 But his flesh hath pain for himself alone, and his soul mourneth for himself.