Job 14 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "How frail is humanity! How short is life, and how full of trouble! 1 "Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.
2 Like a flower, we blossom for a moment and then wither. Like the shadow of a passing cloud, we quickly disappear. 2 He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.
3 Must you keep an eye on such a frail creature and demand an accounting from me? 3 Do you fix your eye on such a one? Will you bring him before you for judgment?
4 Who can create purity in one born impure? No one! 4 Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one!
5 You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer. 5 Man's days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.
6 So give us a little rest, won't you? Turn away your angry stare. We are like hired hands, so let us finish the task you have given us." 6 So look away from him and let him alone, till he has put in his time like a hired man.
7 "If a tree is cut down, there is hope that it will sprout again and grow new branches. 7 "At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Though its roots have grown old in the earth and its stump decays, 8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,
9 at the scent of water it may bud and sprout again like a new seedling." 9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.
10 "But when people die, they lose all strength. They breathe their last, and then where are they? 10 But man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more.
11 As water evaporates from a lake and as a river disappears in drought, 11 As water disappears from the sea or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,
12 people lie down and do not rise again. Until the heavens are no more, they will not wake up nor be roused from their sleep." 12 so man lies down and does not rise; till the heavens are no more, men will not awake or be roused from their sleep.
13 "I wish you would hide me with the dead and forget me there until your anger has passed. But mark your calendar to think of me again! 13 "If only you would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed! If only you would set me a time and then remember me!
14 If mortals die, can they live again? This thought would give me hope, and through my struggle I would eagerly wait for release. 14 If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.
15 You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork. 15 You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made.
16 For then you would count my steps, instead of watching for my sins. 16 Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin.
17 My sins would be sealed in a pouch, and you would cover over my iniquity." 17 My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.
18 "But as mountains fall and crumble and as rocks fall from a cliff, 18 "But as a mountain erodes and crumbles and as a rock is moved from its place,
19 as water wears away the stones and floods wash away the soil, so you destroy people's hope. 19 as water wears away stones and torrents wash away the soil, so you destroy man's hope.
20 You always overpower them, and then they pass from the scene. You disfigure them in death and send them away. 20 You overpower him once for all, and he is gone; you change his countenance and send him away.
21 They never know if their sons grow up in honor or sink to insignificance. 21 If his sons are honored, he does not know it; if they are brought low, he does not see it.
22 They are absorbed in their own pain and grief." 22 He feels but the pain of his own body and mourns only for himself."