Job 14 TNIV

1 "Mortals, born of woman,1 are of few days2 and full of trouble.3

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2 They spring up like flowers4 and wither away;5 like fleeting shadows,6 they do not endure.7
3 Do you fix your eye on such as these?8 Will you bring thema 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 The days of mortals are determined;13 you have decreed the number of their months14 and have set limits they cannot exceed.15

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      6 So look away from us and leave us alone,16 till we have put in our time like hired laborers.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 human beings die and are laid low;24 they breathe their last and are no more.25

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          11 As the water of a lake dries up or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,26

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          12 so they lie down and do not rise;27 till the heavens are no more,28 they will not awake or be roused from their sleep.29

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          13 "If only you would hide me in the grave30 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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          14 If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service34 I will wait for my renewalb35 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 everyone's hope.47

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              20 You overpower them once for all, and they are gone;48 you change their countenance and send them away.49

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              21 If their children are honored, they do not know it; if their offspring are brought low, they do not see it.50

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              22 They feel but the pain of their own bodies51 and mourn only for themselves.52"

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