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Job 14 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

14 “We are all human beings.[a]
    Our life is short and full of trouble.
Our life is like a flower that grows quickly and then dies away.
    Our life is like a shadow that is here for a short time and then is gone.
God, do you need to keep an eye on something so small?
    Why bother to bring charges against me?

“No one can make something clean from something so dirty.
The length of our life has been decided.
    You alone know how long that is.
    You have set the limits for us and nothing can change them.
So stop watching us; leave us alone,
    and let us enjoy this hard life until we have put in our time.

“There is always hope for a tree.
    If it is cut down, it can grow again.
    It will keep sending out new branches.
Its roots might grow old in the ground
    and its stump die in the dirt,
but with water, it will grow again.
    It will grow branches like a new plant.
10 But when a man dies,
    he becomes weak and sick, and then he is gone!
11 Like a lake that goes dry
    or a river that loses its source,
12 so people lose their lives,
    never to live again.
The skies will all pass away
    before they rise from death.
The skies will all disappear before
    anyone wakes up from that sleep!

13 “I wish you would hide me in my grave.
    I wish you would hide me there, until your anger is gone.
    Then you could pick a time to remember me.
14 If a man dies, will he live again?
    If so, I would gladly suffer through this time waiting for my release.[b]
15 God, you would call me,
    and I would answer you.
Then I, the one you made,
    would be important to you.
16 You would still watch every step I take,
    but you would not remember my sins.
17 It would be as if you had sealed my sins in a bag.
    It would be as if you had covered my guilt with plaster.

18 “Mountains fall and crumble away.
    Large rocks break loose and fall.
19 Water flowing over stones wears them down.
    Floods wash away the soil on the ground.
    In the same way, God, you destroy the hope people have.
20 You defeat them completely
    and then they are gone.
You change the way they look
    and send them away forever to the place of death.
21 If their sons are honored, they will never know it.
    If their sons do wrong, they will never see it.
22 They only feel the pain in their bodies,
    and they alone cry for themselves.”


  1. Job 14:1 human beings Literally, “born of woman.”
  2. Job 14:14 I would … release Or “I would wait my whole tour of duty for my replacement to come.”
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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Job 14 New International Version (NIV)

14 “Mortals, born of woman,
    are of few days and full of trouble.
They spring up like flowers and wither away;
    like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.
Do you fix your eye on them?
    Will you bring them[a] before you for judgment?
Who can bring what is pure from the impure?
    No one!
A person’s days are determined;
    you have decreed the number of his months
    and have set limits he cannot exceed.
So look away from him and let him alone,
    till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.

“At least there is hope for a tree:
    If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
    and its new shoots will not fail.
Its roots may grow old in the ground
    and its stump die in the soil,
yet at the scent of water it will bud
    and put forth shoots like a plant.
10 But a man dies and is laid low;
    he breathes his last and is no more.
11 As the water of a lake dries up
    or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,
12 so he lies down and does not rise;
    till the heavens are no more, people will not awake
    or be roused from their sleep.

13 “If only you would hide me in the grave
    and conceal me till your anger has passed!
If only you would set me a time
    and then remember me!
14 If someone dies, will they live again?
    All the days of my hard service
    I will wait for my renewal[b] to come.
15 You will call and I will answer you;
    you will long for the creature your hands have made.
16 Surely then you will count my steps
    but not keep track of my sin.
17 My offenses will be sealed up in a bag;
    you will cover over my sin.

18 “But as a mountain erodes and crumbles
    and as a rock is moved from its place,
19 as water wears away stones
    and torrents wash away the soil,
    so you destroy a person’s hope.
20 You overpower them once for all, and they are gone;
    you change their countenance and send them away.
21 If their children are honored, they do not know it;
    if their offspring are brought low, they do not see it.
22 They feel but the pain of their own bodies
    and mourn only for themselves.


  1. Job 14:3 Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Hebrew me
  2. Job 14:14 Or release
New International Version (NIV)

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