1 ManTaking the opportunity of his adversaries words he describes the state of man's life from his birth to his death.[that is] born of a woman [is] of few days, and full of trouble.
2 He shooteth foorth as a flowre, and is cut downe: he vanisheth also as a shadowe, and continueth not.
3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such anHis meaning is, that seeing that man is so frail a creature, God should not handle him so extremely, in which Job shows the wickedness of the flesh, when it is not subject to the Spirit.one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?
4 Who can bring a cleane thing out of filthinesse? there is not one.
5 Are not his dayes determined? the nober of his moneths are with thee: thou hast appointed his boundes, which he can not passe.
6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish,Until the time you have appointed him to die, which he desires as the hireling waits for the end of his labour to receive his wages.as an hireling, his day.
7 For there is hope of a tree, if it bee cut downe, that it will yet sproute, and the branches thereof will not cease.
8 Though the roote of it waxe olde in the earth, & the stocke thereof be dead in ye ground,
9 Yet by the sent of water it will bud, and bring foorth boughes like a plant.
10 He speaks here not as though he had no hope of immortality but as a man in extreme pain, when reason is overcome by afflictions and torments.But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where [is] he?
11 As the waters passe from the sea, and as the flood decayeth and dryeth vp,
12 So man sleepeth and riseth not: for hee shall not wake againe, nor be raised from his sleepe till the heauen be no more.
13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thyBy this he declares that the fear of God's judgment was the reason why he desired to die.wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, andThat is, relieve my pain and take me to mercy.remember me!
14 If a man die, shall he live [again]? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, tillMeaning, to the day of the resurrection when he would be changed and renewed.my change come.
15 Thou shalt call, and I willThough I am afflicted in this life, yet in the resurrection I will feel your mercies and answer when you call me.answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
16 But nowe thou nombrest my steppes, and doest not delay my sinnes.
17 My transgression [is] sealed up in aYou lay them all together and do not allow any of my sins to go unpunished.bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.
18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and theHe murmurs through the impatiency of the flesh against God, as though he used great severity against him as against the hard rocks, or waters that overflow, so that by this the opportunity of his hope is taken away.rock is removed out of his place.
19 As the water breaketh the stones, when thou ouerflowest the things which growe in the dust of ye earth: so thou destroyest ye hope of man.
20 Thou preuailest alway against him, so that he passeth away: he changeth his face when thou castest him away.
21 And he knoweth not if his sonnes shall be honourable, neither shall he vnderstand concerning them, whether they shalbe of lowe degree,
22 But hisYet while he is in pain and misery.flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.