Job 14:2-12 (New International Version)

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2 He springs up like a flower1 and withers away;2 like a fleeting shadow,3 he does not endure.4 3 Do you fix your eye on such a one?5 Will you bring hima before you for judgment?6 4 Who can bring what is pure7 from the impure?8 No one!9 5 Man's days are determined;10 you have decreed the number of his months11 and have set limits he cannot exceed.12 6 So look away from him and let him alone,13 till he has put in his time like a hired man.14 7 "At least there is hope for a tree:15 If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots16 will not fail.17 8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump18 die in the soil, 9 yet at the scent of water19 it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.20 10 But man dies and is laid low;21 he breathes his last and is no more.22 11 As water disappears from the sea or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,23 12 so man lies down and does not rise;24 till the heavens are no more,25 men will not awake or be roused from their sleep.26
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