Job 14 NIV

1 "Man born of woman1 is of few days2 and full of trouble.3

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2 He springs up like a flower4 and withers away;5 like a fleeting shadow,6 he does not endure.7
3 Do you fix your eye on such a one?8 Will you bring hima before you for judgment?9

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    • a 14:3 - Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew "me"
      4 Who can bring what is pure10 from the impure?11 No one!12

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      5 Man's days are determined;13 you have decreed the number of his months14 and have set limits he cannot exceed.15

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      6 So look away from him and let him alone,16 till he has put in his time like a hired man.17

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      7 "At least there is hope for a tree:18 If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots19 will not fail.20

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      8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump21 die in the soil,

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      9 yet at the scent of water22 it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.23

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      10 But man dies and is laid low;24 he breathes his last and is no more.25

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          11 As water disappears from the sea or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,26

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          12 so man lies down and does not rise;27 till the heavens are no more,28 men will not awake or be roused from their sleep.29

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          13 "If only you would hide me in the graveb30 and conceal me till your anger has passed!31 If only you would set me a time and then remember32 me!33

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            • b 14:13 - Hebrew "Sheol"
              14 If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service34 I will wait for my renewalc35 to come.

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                  15 You will call and I will answer you;36 you will long for the creature your hands have made.37

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                  16 Surely then you will count my steps38 but not keep track of my sin.39

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                  17 My offenses will be sealed40 up in a bag;41 you will cover over my sin.42

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                  18 "But as a mountain erodes and crumbles43 and as a rock is moved from its place,44

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                  19 as water wears away stones and torrents45 wash away the soil,46 so you destroy man's hope.47

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                  20 You overpower him once for all, and he is gone;48 you change his countenance and send him away.49

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                  21 If his sons are honored, he does not know it; if they are brought low, he does not see it.50

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                  22 He feels but the pain of his own body51 and mourns only for himself.52"

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