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 an 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 an 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 wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? Job 14:11 [As] the waters fail from the sea, and the river decayeth 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 shouldest call, and I would answer thee: thou wouldest have a desire to the work of thine 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 And surely 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: and 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 honour, 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.