Job intreateth God for favour, by the shortness of life, and certainty of death.
Job 14:1 Man, born of woman! Of few days, and full of trouble! Job 14:2 As a flower he hath gone forth, and is cut off, And he fleeth as a shadow and standeth not. Job 14:3 Alsoon this Thou hast opened Thine eyes, And dost bring me into judgment with Thee. Job 14:4 Who giveth a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. Job 14:5 If determined are his days, The number of his months [are] with Thee, His limit Thou hast made, And he passeth not over; Job 14:6 Look away from off him that he may cease, Till he enjoy as an hireling his day.
Though life once lost be irrecoverable, yet he waiteth for his change.
Job 14:7 For there is of a tree hope, if it be cut down, That again it doth change, That its tender branch doth not cease. Job 14:8 If its root becometh old in the earth, And its stem doth die in the dust, Job 14:9 From the fragrance of water it doth flourish, And hath made a crop as a plant. Job 14:10 And a man dieth, and becometh weak, And man expireth, and where [is] he? Job 14:11 Waters have gone away from a sea, And a river becometh waste and dry. Job 14:12 And man hath lain down, and riseth not, Till the wearing out of the heavens they awake not, Nor are roused from their sleep. Job 14:13 O that in Sheol Thou wouldest conceal me, Hide me till the turning of Thine anger, Set for me a limit, and remember me. Job 14:14 If a man diethdoth he revive? All days of my warfare I wait, till my change come. Job 14:15 Thou dost call, and II answer Thee; To the work of Thy hands Thou hast desire.
By sin the creature is subject to corruption.
Job 14:16 But now, my steps Thou numberest, Thou dost not watch over my sin. Job 14:17 Sealed up in a bag [is] my transgression, And Thou sewest up mine iniquity. Job 14:18 And yet, a falling mountain wasteth away, And a rock is removed from its place. Job 14:19 Stones have waters worn away, Their outpourings wash away the dust of earth, And the hope of man Thou hast destroyed. Job 14:20 Thou prevailest [over] him for ever, and he goeth, He is changing his countenance, And Thou sendest him away. Job 14:21 Honoured are his sons, and he knoweth not; And they are little, and he attendeth not to them. Job 14:22 Onlyhis flesh for him is pained, And his soul for him doth mourn.'