New American Standard Bible
Job Speaks of the Finality of Death
14 “(A)Man, who is born of woman,
Is [a]short-lived and (B)full of turmoil.
2 “(C)Like a flower he comes forth and withers.
He also flees like (D)a shadow and does not remain.
3 “You also (E)open Your eyes on him
And (F)bring [b]him into judgment with Yourself.
4 “(G)Who can make the clean out of the unclean?
5 “Since his days are determined,
The (H)number of his months is with You;
And his limits You have [c]set so that he cannot pass.
6 “(I)Turn Your gaze from him that he may [d]rest,
Until he [e]fulfills his day like a hired man.
7 “For there is hope for a tree,
When it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And its shoots will not [f]fail.
8 “Though its roots grow old in the ground
And its stump dies in the dry soil,
9 At the scent of water it will flourish
And put forth sprigs like a plant.
10 “But (J)man dies and lies prostrate.
Man (K)expires, and where is he?
11 “As (L)water [g]evaporates from the sea,
And a river becomes parched and dried up,
12 So (M)man lies down and does not rise.
Until the heavens are no longer,
[h]He will not awake nor be aroused out of [i]his sleep.
13 “Oh that You would hide me in [j]Sheol,
That You would conceal me (N)until Your wrath returns to You,
That You would set a limit for me and remember me!
14 “If a man dies, will he live again?
All the days of my struggle I will wait
Until my change comes.
15 “You will call, and I will answer You;
You will long for (O)the work of Your hands.
16 “For now You (P)number my steps,
You do not (Q)observe my sin.
17 “My transgression is (R)sealed up in a bag,
And You [k]wrap up my iniquity.
18 “But the falling mountain [l]crumbles away,
And the rock moves from its place;
19 Water wears away stones,
Its torrents wash away the dust of the earth;
So You (S)destroy man’s hope.
20 “You forever overpower him and he (T)departs;
You change his appearance and send him away.
21 “His sons achieve honor, but (U)he does not know it;
Or they become insignificant, but he does not perceive it.
22 “But his [m]body pains him,
And he mourns only for himself.”
- Job 14:1 Lit short of days
- Job 14:3 So with some ancient versions; M.T. me
- Job 14:5 Lit made
- Job 14:6 Lit cease
- Job 14:6 Lit makes acceptable
- Job 14:7 Or cease
- Job 14:11 Lit disappears
- Job 14:12 Lit They
- Job 14:12 Lit their
- Job 14:13 I.e. the nether world
- Job 14:17 Lit plaster; or glue together
- Job 14:18 Lit withers
- Job 14:22 Lit flesh