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1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?

4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;

9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?

11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:

12 So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!

14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.

18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.

19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.

20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.

22 But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.

Commentary for Job 14

Job speaks of man's life. (1-6) Of man's death. (7-15) By sin man is subject to corruption. (16-22)1-6 Job enlarges upon the condition of man, addressing himself also to God. Every man of Adam's fallen race is short-lived. All his show of beauty, happiness, and splendour falls before the stroke of sickness or death, as the flower before the scythe; or passes away like the shadow. How is it possible for a man's conduct to be sinless, when his heart is by nature unclean? Here is a clear proof that Job understood and believed the doctrine of original sin. He seems to have intended it as a plea, why the Lord should not deal with him according to his own works, but according to His mercy and grace. It is determined, in the counsel and decree of God, how long we shall live. Our times are in his hands, the powers of nature act under him; in him we live and move. And it is very useful to reflect seriously on the shortness and uncertainty of human life, and the fading nature of all earthly enjoyments. But it is still more important to look at the cause, and remedy of these evils. Until we are born of the Spirit, no spiritually good thing dwells in us, or can proceed from us. Even the little good in the regenerate is defiled with sin. We should therefore humble ourselves before God, and cast ourselves wholly on the mercy of God, through our Divine Surety. We should daily seek the renewing of the Holy Ghost, and look to heaven as the only place of perfect holiness and happiness.

7-15 Though a tree is cut down, yet, in a moist situation, shoots come forth, and grow up as a newly planted tree. But when man is cut off by death, he is for ever removed from his place in this world. The life of man may fitly be compared to the waters of a land flood, which spread far, but soon dry up. All Job's expressions here show his belief in the great doctrine of the resurrection. Job's friends proving miserable comforters, he pleases himself with the expectation of a change. If our sins are forgiven, and our hearts renewed to holiness, heaven will be the rest of our souls, while our bodies are hidden in the grave from the malice of our enemies, feeling no more pain from our corruptions, or our corrections.

16-22 Job's faith and hope spake, and grace appeared to revive; but depravity again prevailed. He represents God as carrying matters to extremity against him. The Lord must prevail against all who contend with him. God may send disease and pain, we may lose all comfort in those near and dear to us, every hope of earthly happiness may be destroyed, but God will receive the believer into realms of eternal happiness. But what a change awaits the prosperous unbeliever! How will he answer when God shall call him to his tribunal? The Lord is yet upon a mercy-seat, ready to be gracious. Oh that sinners would be wise, that they would consider their latter end! While man's flesh is upon him, that is, the body he is so loth to lay down, it shall have pain; and while his soul is within him, that is, the spirit he is so loth to resign, it shall mourn. Dying work is hard work; dying pangs often are sore pangs. It is folly for men to defer repentance to a death-bed, and to have that to do which is the one thing needful, when unfit to do anything.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Job 14

  • Vanessa on Job 14
    Satan is not ruler of this world, this was created by God the father and will always be his, people become polluted in evil ways, and many make reasons for those ways, pride and justification by man not God, and you can never serve 2, only one God, the creator, Job was falling away blaming God until his eyes were opened to his self pity, God doesn't justify by things, but by your faith in him
  • BSP on Job 14
    Verse 1~The lifespan of mankind is short and those days are filled with troubles. We definitely need God's Kingdom to come and take control over all of earth's dealings.
  • Klady hanna on Job 14
    The Holy Bible Is The Word Of GOD ALMIGHTY. GOD SEND US LETTERS AND SHOULD ALL READ HIS LETTERS, THE HOLY BIBLE. IT IS A TREASURE, WISDOM, PEACE, LOVE, EDUCATIONAL TO THE HUMANS RACE. NOT ONLY JOB, BUT THE WHOLE HOLY BOOK IS THE LIVING WORD. JESUS CHRIST IS THE LIVING GOD. KING OF KING. LORD OF LORD. KING OF GLORY. HALLELUJAH.
  • Anne on Job 14
    It is good when we go through trials and tribulations knowing that God will bring us through like pure gold. Our faith in God sustains us. He knows us and how much He can allow us to go through. For the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever.
  • Carlom on Job 14
    Job had was rooted deep in god and that should be faith of all us especially when we proudly proclaim to be followers and doets of his holy doctrine. Maybe there are those ho do not understand what means and how it should be applied.
  • Evans Ekomen on Job 14:7
    No matter how bad things may be and the level of deprivation, as long as God is still on the throne, there is hope of a come back and restoration.
  • ED on Job 14
    the ressurrection of the body of JOB has not yet happened yet. just like king DAVID .just like JOB said in 19 25 27 and i say a newbody i have prepared for all of my creation even you
  • Segun Omoniyi on Job 14
    Job in chapter 14 demonstrated his deep faith in the authority of whom he served
  • Moraka phatedi on Job 14:4
    God sanctified us in Jesus Christ. A new creature, a clean thing out of an unclean.

    "But God commanded his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8).

    "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;" (Ephesians 2:1).

    He washed us clean with the blood of Lord Jesus.
  • Olaniran Moses on Job 14:7
    By that statement in Job 14:7,it showed how high the level of Job's faith in God.


 

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With what does Job compares himself?
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