Job 14 (Lexham English Bible)

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Job Continues to Argue His Case with God

1 "A human being born of a woman [is] short of days and full of troubles.a 2 Like a flower he comes up, and he withers away; and he flees like ab shadow, butc he does not last. 3 Even on such a one you fix your eyes, and you bring me into judgment with you. 4 "Who can bring a clean [thing] from an unclean [thing]? No one!d 5 If his days [are] determined, the number of his months [is] with you; you have appointed his boundaries, and he cannot cross [them]. 6 Look away from him, and let him desist until he enjoys his days like a laborer. 7 "Indeed, there is hope for a tree: if it is cut down, thene it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not cease; 8 though its root grows old in the earth, and its stump dies in the dust, 9 atf the scent of water it will bud, and it will put forth branches like a young plant. 10 "Butg a man dies, and he dwindles away; thush a human being passes away, and where is he?i 11 [As] water disappears from a lake, and a river withers away and dries up,j 12 {so}k a man lies down, and he does not arise. {Until the heavens are no more},l they will not awaken, and they will not be roused out of their sleep. 13 "{O that}m you would conceal me in Sheol, [that] you would hide me {until your wrath is past},n [that] you would appoint a set time for me and remember me. 14 If a man dies, will he live [again]? All the days of my compulsory service I will wait, until the coming of my relief. 15 You would call, and I myselfo would answer you; you would long for the work of your hand. 16 For thenp you would count my steps, [but] you would not keep watch over my sin. 17 My transgression would be sealed in a bag, and you would cover over my guilt. 18 "Butq a mountain falls; it crumbles away, and a rock moves away from its place. 19 Water wears away stones; its torrents wash away [the] soil of [the] earth; sor you destroy the hope of human beings. 20 You overpower him forever, and he passes away; [you] change {his countenance},s {then}t you send him away. 21 His children may [come to] honor, butu he does not know [it]; orv they may become lowly, butw he does not realize it.x 22 He feels only the pain of his own body,y and his inner selfz mourns for him."aa
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