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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XIV
 
 
[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 1 cut down:
He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
[3]  And dost thou open thine eyes upon such a one,
And bringest me into judgment with thee?
[4]  Who 2 can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
[5]  Seeing his days are determined,
The number of his months is with thee,
And thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
[6]  Look away from him, that he may rest, 3
Till he shall accomplish, 4 as a 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 put forth boughs like a plant.
[10]  But man dieth, and is laid low: Yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
[11]  As the waters fail 5 from the sea,
And the river wasteth and drieth up;
[12]  So man lieth down and riseth not:
Till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake,
Nor be roused out of their sleep.
 
[13]    Oh that thou wouldest hide me in Sheol,
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 warfare would 6 I wait,
Till my release 7 should come.
[15]  Thou wouldest 8 call, and I would answer thee:
Thou wouldest have a desire to the work of thy hands.
[16]  But now thou numberest my steps:
Dost thou not watch over my sin?
[17]  My transgression is sealed up in a bag,
And thou fastenest up mine iniquity.
 
[18]  But the mountain falling cometh 9 to nought;
And the rock is removed out of its place;
[19]  The waters wear the stones;
The overflowings thereof wash away the dust of the earth:
So 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 honor, and he knoweth it not;
And they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
[22]  But 10 his flesh upon him hath pain,
And his soul within him mourneth.
 
Note 1. Or, withereth. [back]
Note 2. Or, Oh that a clean thing could come out of an unclean! not one can. [back]
Note 3. Heb. cease. [back]
Note 4. Or, have pleasure in. [back]
Note 5. Heb. are gone. [back]
Note 6. Or, will … shall come. [back]
Note 7. Or, change. [back]
Note 8. Or, shall call, and I will &c. [back]
Note 9. Heb. fadeth away. [back]
Note 10. Or, Only for himself his flesh hath pain, and for himself his soul mourneth. [back]
 

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