14:1 Man a [that is] born of a woman [is] of few days, and
full of trouble.
(a) Taking the opportunity of his adversaries words he
describes the state of man's life from his birth to his
14:3 And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an b one, and
bringest me into judgment with thee?
(b) His 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.
14:6 Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish,
c as an hireling, his day.
(c) 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.
14:10d But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up
the ghost, and where [is] he?
(d) 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.
14:13 O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou
wouldest keep me secret, until thy e wrath be past, that
thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and f remember me!
(e) By this he declares that the fear of God's judgment
was the reason why he desired to die.
(f) That is, relieve my pain and take me to mercy.
14:14 If a man die, shall he live [again]? all the days of my
appointed time will I wait, till g my change come.
(g) Meaning, to the day of the resurrection when he would
be changed and renewed.
14:15 Thou shalt call, and I will h answer thee: thou wilt
have a desire to the work of thine hands.
(h) Though I am afflicted in this life, yet in the
resurrection I will feel your mercies and answer when
you call me.
14:17 My transgression [is] sealed up in a i bag, and thou
sewest up mine iniquity.
(i) You lay them all together and do not allow any of my
sins to go unpunished.
14:18 And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the
k rock is removed out of his place.
(k) He 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
14:22 But his l flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul
within him shall mourn.