Job intreateth God for favour, by the shortness of life, and certainty of death.
Job 14:1 Man that is borne of woman, is of short continuance, and full of trouble. Job 14:2 He shooteth foorth as a flowre, and is cut downe: he vanisheth also as a shadowe, and continueth not. Job 14:3 And yet thou openest thine eyes vpon such one, and causest me to enter into iudgement with thee. Job 14:4 Who can bring a cleane thing out of filthinesse? there is not one. Job 14:5 Are not his dayes determined? the nober of his moneths are with thee: thou hast appointed his boundes, which he can not passe. Job 14:6 Turne from him that he may cease vntill his desired day, as an hyreling.
Though life once lost be irrecoverable, yet he waiteth for his change.
Job 14:7 For there is hope of a tree, if it bee cut downe, that it will yet sproute, and the branches thereof will not cease. Job 14:8 Though the roote of it waxe olde in the earth, & the stocke thereof be dead in ye ground, Job 14:9 Yet by the sent of water it will bud, and bring foorth boughes like a plant. Job 14:10 But man is sicke, and dyeth, and man perisheth, and where is he? Job 14:11 As the waters passe from the sea, and as the flood decayeth and dryeth vp, Job 14:12 So man sleepeth and riseth not: for hee shall not wake againe, nor be raised from his sleepe till the heauen be no more. Job 14:13 Oh that thou wouldest hide me in the graue, and keepe me secret, vntill thy wrath were past, and wouldest giue me terme, and remember me. Job 14:14 If a man die, shall he liue againe? All the dayes of mine appointed time will I waite, till my changing shall come. Job 14:15 Thou shalt call me, and I shall answere thee: thou louest the worke of thine own hands.
By sin the creature is subject to corruption.
Job 14:16 But nowe thou nombrest my steppes, and doest not delay my sinnes. Job 14:17 Mine iniquitie is sealed vp, as in a bagge, and thou addest vnto my wickednesse. Job 14:18 And surely as the mountaine that falleth, commeth to nought, and the rocke that is remooued from his place: Job 14:19 As the water breaketh the stones, when thou ouerflowest the things which growe in the dust of ye earth: so thou destroyest ye hope of man. Job 14:20 Thou preuailest alway against him, so that he passeth away: he changeth his face when thou castest him away. Job 14:21 And he knoweth not if his sonnes shall be honourable, neither shall he vnderstand concerning them, whether they shalbe of lowe degree, Job 14:22 But while his flesh is vpon him, he shall be sorowfull, and while his soule is in him, it shal mourne.