Job intreateth God for favour, by the shortness of life, and certainty of death.
Job 14:1 A man is borun of a womman, and lyueth schort tyme, and is fillid with many wretchidnessis. Job 14:2 Which goith out, and is defoulid as a flour; and fleeth as schadewe, and dwellith neuere perfitli in the same staat. Job 14:3 And gessist thou it worthi to opene thin iyen on siche a man; and to brynge hym in to doom with thee? Job 14:4 Who may make a man clene conseyued of vnclene seed? Whether not thou, which art aloone? Job 14:5 The daies of man ben schorte, the noumbre of his monethis is at thee; thou hast set, ethir ordeyned, hise termes, whiche moun not be passid. Job 14:6 Therfor go thou awey fro hym a litil, that is, bi withdrawyng of bodili lijf, that he haue reste; til the meede coueitid come, and his dai is as the dai of an hirid man.
Though life once lost be irrecoverable, yet he waiteth for his change.
Job 14:7 A tree hath hope, if it is kit doun; and eft it wexith greene, and hise braunches spreden forth. Job 14:8 If the roote therof is eeld in the erthe, and the stok therof is nyy deed in dust; Job 14:9 it schal buriowne at the odour of watir, and it schal make heer, as whanne it was plauntid first. Job 14:10 But whanne a man is deed, and maad nakid, and wastid; Y preye, where is he? Job 14:11 As if watris goen awei fro the see, and a ryuer maad voide wexe drie, Job 14:12 so a man, whanne he hath slept, that is, deed, he schal not rise ayen, til heuene be brokun, that is, be maad newe; he schal not wake, nether he schal ryse togidere fro his sleep. Job 14:13 Who yiueth this to me, that thou defende me in helle, and that thou hide me, til thi greet veniaunce passe; and thou sette to me a tyme, in which thou haue mynde on me? Job 14:14 Gessist thou, whethir a deed man schal lyue ayen? In alle the daies, in whiche Y holde knyythod, now Y abide, til my chaungyng come. Job 14:15 Thou schalt clepe me, and Y schal answere thee; thou schalt dresse the riyt half, that is, blis, to the werk of thin hondis.
By sin the creature is subject to corruption.
Job 14:16 Sotheli thou hast noumbrid my steppis; but spare thou my synnes. Job 14:17 Thou hast seelid as in a bagge my trespassis, but thou hast curid my wickidnesse. Job 14:18 An hil fallynge droppith doun; and a rooche of stoon is borun ouer fro his place. Job 14:19 Watris maken stoonys holowe, and the erthe is wastid litil and litil bi waischyng a wey of watir; and therfor thou schalt leese men in lijk maner. Job 14:20 Thou madist a man strong a litil, that he schulde passe with outen ende; thou schalt chaunge his face, and schalt sende hym out. Job 14:21 Whether hise sones ben noble, ether vnnoble, he schal not vndurstonde. Job 14:22 Netheles his fleisch, while he lyueth, schal haue sorewe, and his soule schal morne on hym silf.