14:1 Man, that is born of a woman, Is of few days, and full of trouble.
14:2 He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
14:3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such a one, And bringest me into judgment with thee?
14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
14:5 Seeing his days are determined, The number of his months is with thee, And thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
14:6 Look away from him, that he may rest, Till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.
14:7 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.
14:8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, And the stock thereof die in the ground;
14:9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, And put forth boughs like a plant.
14:10 But man dieth, and is laid low: Yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
14:11 `As' the waters fail from the sea, And the river wasteth and drieth up;
14:12 So man lieth down and riseth not: Till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, Nor be roused out of their sleep.
14:13 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!
14:14 If a man die, shall he live `again'? All the days of my warfare would I wait, Till my release should come.
14:15 Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee: Thou wouldest have a desire to the work of thy hands.
14:16 But now thou numberest my steps: Dost thou not watch over my sin?
14:17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And thou fastenest up mine iniquity.
14:18 But the mountain falling cometh to nought; And the rock is removed out of its place;
14:19 The waters wear the stones; The overflowings thereof wash away the dust of the earth: So thou destroyest the hope of man.
14:20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth; Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
14:21 His sons come to honor, and he knoweth it not; And they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.
14:22 But his flesh upon him hath pain, And his soul within him mourneth.