14 “·All of us [L Human beings; T Man] born ·to women [T of woman] ·live only a few [L are short of] days and ·have lots [full] of trouble. 2 ·We [L They] grow up like flowers and then ·dry up and die [L wither]. ·We are like a passing [L …and flee like a] shadow that does not last. 3 Lord, do you need to watch me like this? Must you bring me before you to be judged? 4 No one can bring something clean [C in a ritual sense] from something unclean. 5 ·Our [L If their] time is limited. You have given ·us [L them] only so many months to live and have set limits ·we [L they] cannot go beyond. 6 So look away from us and ·leave us alone [stop; desist] until we put in our time like a laborer [C until death].
7 “If a tree is cut down, there is hope that it will grow again and will send out new ·branches [shoots]. 8 Even if its roots grow old in the ground, and its stump dies in the ·dirt [dust], 9 at the ·smell [scent] of water it will bud and put out new ·shoots [boughs] like a plant. 10 But ·we [L mortals] die, and ·our bodies are laid in the ground [L dwindle away]; ·we take our last breath [L humans expire] and are ·gone [L no more; C unlike trees, humans do not come back to life]. 11 Water disappears from a ·lake [sea], and a river ·loses its water and dries up [L dries up and withers away]. 12 In the same way, ·we [L humans] lie down and do not rise again; ·we [L they] will not get up or be awakened until the heavens disappear [C that is, never].
13 “I wish you would hide me in ·the grave [L Sheol; C the grave or the underworld]; ·hide [conceal] me until your anger is gone. I wish you would set a ·time [limit] and then remember me! 14 Will the dead live again [C the implied answer is no]? All my days are ·a struggle [L hard service]; I will wait until my ·change [L release] comes. 15 You ·will call [L would summon me], and I ·will [or would] answer you; you ·will [or would] desire the ·creature your hands have made [L work of your hands]. 16 ·Then [or Now] you ·will count [count] my steps [C meaning God would focus negatively on Job’s sin], but you ·will [or would] not keep track of my sin [C in a hypothetical future]. 17 My wrongs ·will [or would] be closed up in a bag, and you ·will [or would] cover up my sin.
18 “A mountain ·washes [L falls] away and crumbles; and a rock can be moved from its place. 19 Water ·washes over stones and wears them down [L grinds down the stones], and ·rushing waters [or violent storms] wash away the ·dirt [dust]. In the same way, you destroy hope. 20 You ·defeat [overpower] people forever, and they are gone; you change their appearance [C from joy to despair] and send them away. 21 Their children are honored, but they do not know it [C because they, the parents, are dead or dying]; their children are ·disgraced [lowered], but they [C the parents] do not see it. 22 They [C the parents] only feel the pain of their ·body [L flesh] and ·feel sorry [mourn] for themselves.”
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