Job 14: "Job expostulates with God setting forth:  man's
hopeless state: weak, prone to evil (vv 1-12),  Job's longing for another
better life after this one (vv 13-15), and  Job's complaint of a present
perplexity and hopelessness (vv 16-22). This ended the first trial of Job.
Perhaps it was at the close of the day, and the friends retired to ponder the
results of their discussion" (GEM).
MAN BORN OF WOMAN: How can man be strong, when he
receives sustaining life from woman -- a creature already weak and doomed to
sorrow (Gen 3:16)?
Why does God look so unmercifully upon so piteous a
"O that a clean might come out of an unclean..." (cp RV mg).
If only man did not inherit by birth the impulse to sin...
While it is true that cleanness cannot come from the unclean
-- Haggai makes this point (Hag 2:13) -- Job was incorrect to suppose that man
cannot be cleansed by God. This is the work of Jesus, but was available to all
by faith (Gen 15:6). However, it is righteousness that is imputed -- not
cleanness. Maybe Job should have used a Biblical word rather than one of his own
SO LOOK AWAY FROM HIM: Do not look too closely to judge
If this is all there is to life, then a tree is better than a
man! The power of a plant to spring forth lies within itself (Gen 3:22), but man
needs "outside help" (v 10n).
New life for man is totally dependent on God: Joh 3:16; 11:25;
1Co 15:21; Joh 10:28. Man has only one chance to bear fruit.
Even the great rivers (Euphrates...Nile) are subject to
seasonal changes, dependent on the weather.
TILL THE HEAVENS ARE NO MORE: "Till the Gentile times
be fulfilled..." (JT).
In AV, "again" is italicized... not in original. Poss, "If a
man die, does he YET live?" Answer: NO! A change must take place
God's great care toward man, the work of His own hands (Job
Vv 18,19: Mountain slides...earthquakes...Even the strongest
things fall or wear away, with repeated assaults! And a man will do the
SO YOU DESTROY MAN'S HOPE: That is, all the things in
which man (falsely) hopes: his wealth, his buildings, his plantings, his desire
for lasting fame, etc.
In the unequal struggle, God invariably prevails and man