1 Man born of woman is short of days and full of trouble.
2 He blossoms like a flower, then withers;a he flees like a shadow and does not last.

References for Job 14:2

    • a 14:2 - Ps 103:15-16; Isa 40:6-7; Jms 1:10-11
      3 Do You really take notice of one like this? Will You bring me into judgment against You?bc

      References for Job 14:3

        • b 14:3 - LXX, Syr, Vg read him
        • c 14:3 - Jb 7:17-18
          4 Who can produce something pure from what is impure? No one!
          5 Since man's days are determined and the number of his months depends on You, and [since] You have setd limits he cannot pass,e

          References for Job 14:5

            • d 14:5 - Lit set his
            • e 14:5 - Jb 21:21; Gn 6:3; Ps 90:12
              6 look away from him and let him rest so that he can enjoy his day like a hired hand.f

              References for Job 14:6

                • f 14:6 - Jb 7:1-2,19; Ps 39:13
                  7 There is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its shoots will not die.
                  8 If its roots grow old in the ground and its stump starts to die in the soil,
                  9 the smell of water makes it thrive and produce twigs like a sapling.g

                  References for Job 14:9

                    • g 14:9 - Ps 1:3; Jr 17:8; Ezk 31:7
                      10 But a man dies and fades away; he breathes his last-where is he?
                      11 As water disappears from the sea and a wadi becomes parched and dry,
                      12 so man lies down never to rise again. They will not wake up until the heavens are no more; they will not stir from their sleep.h

                      References for Job 14:12

                        • h 14:12 - Jb 19:25-27; Dn 12:2-3; 1 Th 4:16
                          13 If only You would hide me in Sheol and conceal me until Your anger passes, that You would appoint a time for me and then remember me.i

                          References for Job 14:13

                            • i 14:13 - Gn 8:1; 19:29; Ps 30:5
                              14 When a man dies, will he come back to life? [If so,] I would wait all the days of my struggle until my relief comes.j

                              References for Job 14:14

                                • j 14:14 - Jb 7:1; 14:12; 1 Co 15:51-52
                                  15 You would call, and I would answer You. You would long for the work of Your hands.k

                                  References for Job 14:15

                                      16 For then You would count my steps but would not take note of my sin.
                                      17 My rebellion would be sealed up in a bag, and You would cover over my iniquity.l

                                      References for Job 14:17

                                        • l 14:17 - Jb 10:14; Ps 32:1-2; Jr 31:34
                                          18 But as a mountain collapses and crumbles and a rock is dislodged from its place,
                                          19 as water wears away stones and torrents wash away the soil from the land, so You destroy a man's hope.m

                                          References for Job 14:19

                                            • m 14:19 - Jb 7:6; 19:10; Mt 7:24-26
                                              20 You completely overpower him, and he passes on; You change his appearance and send him away.
                                              21 If his sons receive honor, he does not know it; if they become insignificant, he is unaware of it.n

                                              References for Job 14:21

                                                • n 14:21 - Jb 21:21; Ec 9:5
                                                  22 He feels only the pain of his own body and mourns only for himself.