Job intreateth God for favour, by the shortness of life, and certainty of death.
Job 14:1 Man born of a woman, living for a short time, is filled with many miseries. Job 14:2 Who cometh forth like a flower, and is destroyed, and fleeth as a shadow, and never continueth in the same state. Job 14:3 And dost thou think it meet to open thy eyes upon such an one, and to bring him into judgment with thee? Job 14:4 Who can make him clean that is conceived of unclean seed? is it not thou who only art? Job 14:5 The days of man are short, and the number of his months is with thee: thou hast appointed his bounds which cannot be passed. Job 14:6 Depart a little from him, that he may rest until his wished for day come, as that of the hireling.
Though life once lost be irrecoverable, yet he waiteth for his change.
Job 14:7 A tree hath hope: if it be cut, it growth green again, and the boughs thereof sprout. Job 14:8 If its roots be old in the earth, and its stock be dead in the dust: Job 14:9 At the scent of water, it shall spring, and bring forth leaves, as when it was first planted. Job 14:10 But man when he shall be dead, and stripped and consumed, I pray you where is he? Job 14:11 As if the waters should depart out of the sea, and an emptied river should be dried up; Job 14:12 So man when he is fallen asleep shall not rise again; till the heavens be broken, he shall not awake, nor rise up out of his sleep. Job 14:13 Who will grant me this, that thou mayst protect me in hell, and hide me till thy wrath pass, and appoint me a time when thou wilt remember me? Job 14:14 Shall man that is dead, thinkest thou, live again? all the days in which I am now in warfare, I expect until my change come. Job 14:15 Thou shalt call me, and I will answer thee: to the work of thy hands thou shalt reach out thy right hand.
By sin the creature is subject to corruption.
Job 14:16 Thou indeed hast numbered my steps, but spare my sins. Job 14:17 Thou hast sealed up my offences as it were in a bag, but hast cured my iniquity. Job 14:18 A mountain falling cometh to nought, and a rock is removed out of its place. Job 14:19 Waters wear away the stones, and with inundation the ground by little and little is washed away: so in like manner thou shalt destroy man. Job 14:20 Thou hast strengthened him for a little while, that he may pass away for ever: thou shalt change his face, and shalt send him away. Job 14:21 Whether his children come to honour or dishonour, he shall not understand. Job 14:22 But yet his flesh, while he shall live, shall have pain, and his soul shall mourn over him.