Job 14:1
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English Standard Version
“Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble.

King James Bible
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

American Standard Version
Man, that is born of a woman, Is of few days, and full of trouble.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Man born of a woman, living for a short time, is filled with many miseries.

English Revised Version
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

Webster's Bible Translation
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

23 How many are mine iniquities and sins?

Make me to know my transgression and sin! - -

24 Wherefore dost Thou hide Thy face,

And regard me as Thine enemy?

25 Wilt Thou frighten away a leaf driven to and fro,

And pursue the dry stubble?

When עון and חטּאת, פּשׁע and חטּאת, are used in close connection, the latter, which describes sin as failing and error, signifies sins of weakness (infirmities, Schwachheitssnde); whereas עון (prop. distorting or bending) signifies misdeed, and פשׁע (prop. breaking loose, or away from, Arab. fsq) wickedness which designedly estranges itself from God and removes from favour, both therefore malignant sin (Bosheitssnde).

(Note: Comp. the development of the idea of the synonyms for sin in von Hofmann, Schriftbeweis, i. 483ff., at the commencement of the fourth Lehrstck.)

The bold self-confidence which is expressed in the question and challenge of Job 13:23 is, in Job 13:24, changed to grievous astonishment that God does not appear to him, and on the contrary continues to pursue him as an enemy without investigating his cause. Has the Almighty then pleasure in scaring away a leaf that is already blown to and fro? העלה, with He interrog., like החכם, Job 15:2, according to Ges. 100, 4. ערץ used as transitive here, like Psalm 10:18, to terrify, scare away affrighted. Does it give Him satisfaction to pursue dried-up stubble? By את (before an indeterminate noun, according to Ges. 117, 2) he points δεικτικῶς to himself: he, the powerless one, completely deprived of strength by sickness and pain, is as dried-up stubble; nevertheless God is after him, as though He would get rid of every trace of a dangerous enemy by summoning His utmost strength against him.

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born

Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Matthew 11:11 Truly I say to you, Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist...

of few days. Heb. short of days

Job 7:1,6 Is there not an appointed time to man on earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling...

Job 9:25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years...

Psalm 39:5 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you...

full

Job 5:7 Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

Ecclesiastes 2:17,23 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is worked under the sun is grievous to me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit...

Cross References
Genesis 3:17
And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

Job 5:7
but man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.

Job 7:1
"Has not man a hard service on earth, and are not his days like the days of a hired hand?

Job 10:20
Are not my days few? Then cease, and leave me alone, that I may find a little cheer

Psalm 89:47
Remember how short my time is! For what vanity you have created all the children of man!

Ecclesiastes 2:23
For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.

Jeremiah 20:18
Why did I come out from the womb to see toil and sorrow, and spend my days in shame?

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