¶ 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.
- Few days Life passes quickly. The thoughts of Job here
follow from the last verse of the previous chapter jb1328.
3 - Judgment Job asks, "Will you judge such frail humanity?
4 - No one can make me clean This is certainly true. No human can but God offers grace.
¶ 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.
- Trees seem to have hope Compared to humans (v.2). See the
story of the stump that represented the king of Babylon. da0420-23.
10 - Gives up the ghost "Breathes his last" NIV. In Ecclesiastes 12, the spirit (breath) returns to God.
"Where is he?" Answer coming.
13 - Set time The judgment of those who seek eternal life comes before Jesus returns for the righteous. It is, indeed, a set time re1407d.
14 - Live again Notice carefully. Job is not describing a situation where people keep on living in heaven after they die. They have clearly stopped living.
14 - Change This is at the resurrection at the coming of Christ 1co1551.
15 - Call Christ calls the righteous dead 1th0416.
¶ 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.
- Watch over A record is kept. In the preadvent judgment
described above the righteous are vindicated.
21 - Sons come ... he knoweth it not Some believe that the dead person is in heaven or hell and see what is happening to their children.
22 - Flesh upon him That is, while he lives.