Job 14

1Job entreateth God's forbearance in respect of the shortness and troubles of life, 5and of the certainty of death, which cutteth short man's hope: 13he wisheth for some place of shelter, where to wait his appointed change. 18All created beings are subject to corruption.

1 Man that is 1born of a woman is 2aof few days, and full of trouble.

2 1He cometh forth like a flower, and 2is cut down: he 3fleeth also as 4a shadow, and continueth not.

3 And dost thou 1open thine eyes upon such an one, and 2bringest me into judgment with thee?

4 aWho 1can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

5 Seeing 1his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast 2appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

6 1Turn from him, that he may arest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

7 For there is 1hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;

9 yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

10 But man dieth, and awasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and 1where is he?

11 as the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:

12 So man 1lieth down, and riseth not: 2till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their 3sleep.

13 O that thou wouldest 1hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest 2appoint me a set time, and remember me!

14 1If a man die, 2shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my 3change come.

15 Thou shalt 1call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to 2the work of thine hands.

16 For now 1thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

17 My transgression is 1sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.

18 And surely the mountain falling acometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.

19 The waters wear the stones: thou awashest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the 1hope of man.

20 Thou 1prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou 2changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

21 His sons come to honour, and he 1knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.

22 But his 1flesh upon him shall have pain, and 2his soul within him shall mourn.