Job 14 (Common English Bible w/ Apocrypha)

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1 All of usa are born of women, have few days, and are full of turmoil. 2 Like a flower, web bloom, then wither, flee like a shadow, and don't last. 3 (Yes, you open your eyes on this one; you bring me into trial against you.) 4 Who can make pure from impure? Nobody. 5 If our days are fixed, the number of our months with you, you set a statute and we can't exceed it. 6 Look away from us that we may rest, until we are satisfied like a worker at day's end.

Trees versus humans

7 Indeed there is hope for a tree. If it's cut down and still sprouting and its shoots don't fail, 8 if its roots age in the ground and its stump dies in the dust, 9 at the scent of water, it will bud and produce sprouts like a plant. 10 But a human dies and lies there; a person expires, and where is he? 11 Water vanishes from the sea; a river dries up completely. 12 But a human lies down and doesn't rise until the heavens cease; they don't get up and awaken from sleep.

Momentary hope

13 I wish you would hide me in the underworld,c conceal me until your anger passes, set a time for me, and remember me. 14 If people die, will they live again? All the days of my service I would wait until my restoration took place. 15 You would call, and I would answer you; you would long for your handiwork. 16 Though you now number my steps, you would not keep a record of my sin. 17 My rebellion is sealed in a bag; you would cover my sin.

God crushes hope

18 But an eroding mountain breaks up, and rock is displaced. 19 Water wears away boulders; floods carry away soil; you destroy a people's hope. 20 You overpower them relentlessly, and they die; you change their appearance and send them away. 21 Their children achieve honor, and they don't know it; their children become insignificant, and they don't see it. 22 They only feel the pain of their body, and they mourn for themselves.
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