Job 14:11

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

Read Job 14:11 Using Other Translations

As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
As waters fail from a lake and a river wastes away and dries up,
As water evaporates from a lake and a river disappears in drought,

What does Job 14:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 14:11

[As] the waters fail from the sea
the words may be rendered either without the as, and denote dissimilitude, and the sense be, that the waters go from the sea and return again, as with the tide:

and the flood decays and dries up;
and yet is supplied again with water: "but man lieth down, and riseth not again", ( Job 14:12 ) ; or else with the as, and express likeness; as the waters when they fail from the sea, or get out of lakes, and into another channel, never return more; and as a flood, occasioned by the waters of a river overflowing its banks, never return into it more; so man, when he dies, never returns to this world any more. The Targum restrains this to the Red sea, and the parting of that and the river Jordan, and the drying up of that before the ark of the Lord, and the return of both to their places again.

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