Job 14:6
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New International Version
So look away from him and let him alone, till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.

New Living Translation
So leave us alone and let us rest! We are like hired hands, so let us finish our work in peace.

English Standard Version
look away from him and leave him alone, that he may enjoy, like a hired hand, his day.

New American Standard Bible
"Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest, Until he fulfills his day like a hired man.

King James Bible
Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
look away from him and let him rest so that he can enjoy his day like a hired hand.

International Standard Version
Look away from him and leave him alone, so he can enjoy his time, like a hired worker."

NET Bible
Look away from him and let him desist, until he fulfills his time like a hired man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Look away from him, and he will cease to be. Meanwhile, he loves life as a laborer loves work.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou should leave him, he will cease to exist; until then, he shall desire, as a hireling, his day.

King James 2000 Bible
Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.

American King James Version
Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

American Standard Version
Look away from him, that he may rest, Till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Depart a little from him, that he may rest, until his wished for day come, as that of the hireling.

Darby Bible Translation
Look away from him; and let him rest, till he accomplish, as a hireling, his day.

English Revised Version
Look away from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

Webster's Bible Translation
Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.

World English Bible
Look away from him, that he may rest, until he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.

Young's Literal Translation
Look away from off him that he may cease, Till he enjoy as an hireling his day.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:1-6 Job enlarges upon the condition of man, addressing himself also to God. Every man of Adam's fallen race is short-lived. All his show of beauty, happiness, and splendour falls before the stroke of sickness or death, as the flower before the scythe; or passes away like the shadow. How is it possible for a man's conduct to be sinless, when his heart is by nature unclean? Here is a clear proof that Job understood and believed the doctrine of original sin. He seems to have intended it as a plea, why the Lord should not deal with him according to his own works, but according to His mercy and grace. It is determined, in the counsel and decree of God, how long we shall live. Our times are in his hands, the powers of nature act under him; in him we live and move. And it is very useful to reflect seriously on the shortness and uncertainty of human life, and the fading nature of all earthly enjoyments. But it is still more important to look at the cause, and remedy of these evils. Until we are born of the Spirit, no spiritually good thing dwells in us, or can proceed from us. Even the little good in the regenerate is defiled with sin. We should therefore humble ourselves before God, and cast ourselves wholly on the mercy of God, through our Divine Surety. We should daily seek the renewing of the Holy Ghost, and look to heaven as the only place of perfect holiness and happiness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Turn from him, that he may rest; literally, look away from him; i.e. "Cease to watch him and search him out so continually" (comp. Job 7:17, 18). "Then he will be able to have a breathing-time, an interval of peace and rest, before his departure from the earth." What Job had previously desired for himself (Job 10:20) he now asks for all humanity. Till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day. Hired labourers are glad when their day's work is over. So man rejoices when life comes to an end. Ver 7. - For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down. God's vegetable creation is better off, in respect of length of days, than man. Let a tree be cut down, it is not therefore of necessity destroyed. There is yet hope for it. The bare dry stump will sometimes put forth tender branches, which will grow and flourish, and renew the old life. Or, if the stump be quite dead, suckers may spring up from the root and grow into new trees as vigorous as the one that they replace (comp. Isaiah 11:1). Herodotus considered that all trees had this recuperative power, except the πίτυς, a species of fir (Herod., 6:37), and the traveller Shaw says that when a palm tree dies there is always a sucker ready to take its place. Pliny also observes of the laurel, "Viva-cissima est radix, ita ut, si truncus ina-ruerit, recisa arbor mox laetius frutificet" ('Hist. Nat.,' 1:15. § 30). That it will sprout again. That is, from the spool or stump. Some trees, as the Spanish chest. nut, if cut down flush with the ground, throw up shoots from the entire circle of the stomp, often as many as fifteen or twenty. And that the tender branch thereof will not cease. The vigour of such shoots is very great. In a few years they grow to the height of the parent tree. If they are then removed they are quickly replaced by a fresh growth.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Turn from him, that he may rest,.... From this short lived afflicted man, whose days are limited, and will soon be at an end, meaning himself; not that he desires he would withdraw his gracious presence, nothing is more agreeable than this to a good man, and there is nothing he more deprecates than the withdrawing of it; besides, this was Job's case, and one part of his complaint, Job 13:24; nor to withhold his supporting presence, or his providential care of him, without which he could not subsist, but must die and drop into the dust; though some think this is the sense, and render the words, "turn from him, that he may cease" (n); to be, or to live, and so a wish for death, that he might have rest in the grave from all his labours, pains, and sorrows; but rather the meaning is, that he would turn away from afflicting him in this extraordinary, manner; since, according to the ordinary course of things, he would meet with many troubles and afflictions, and had but a little time to live, and therefore entreats he would take off his hand which pressed him sorely, and grant him a little respite; or "look off from him" (o); not turn away his eye of love, grace, and mercy, that is not reasonable to suppose; that was what he wanted, that God would look upon him, and have compassion on him under his affliction, and abate it; but that he would turn away his angry frowning countenance from him, which he could not bear; he had opened his eyes upon him, Job 14:3; and looked very sternly, and with great severity in his countenance, on him, and it was very distressing, and even intolerable to him; and therefore begs that he would take off his eye from him, that he might have rest from his adversity, that he might have some ease of body and mind, some intervals of peace and pleasure: or "that he might cease" (p) from murmuring, as Aben Ezra; or rather from affliction and trouble; not that he expected to be wholly free from it in this life, for man is born to it, as he full well knew; and the people of God have always their share of it, and which abides and waits for them while in this world; but he desires he might be rid of that very sore and heavy affliction now upon him; or "that it might cease" (q), the affliction he laboured under, which would be the case if God would turn himself, remove his hand, or look another way, and not so sharply upon him:

till he shall accomplish as an hireling his day; an hireling, as if he should say, that is hired for any certain time, for a year, or more or less, he has some relaxation from his labours, time for eating and sleeping to refresh nature; or he has some time allowed him as a respite from them, commonly called holy days; or if he is hired only for a day, he has time for his meals; and if his master's eye is off of him, he slackens his hand, and gets some intermission from his labour; wherefore at least Job begs that God would let him have the advantage of an hireling. Moreover, to "accomplish his day", is either to do the work of it, or to get to the end of it; every man has work to do while in this world, in things natural, civil, and religious, and is the work of his day or generation, and what must be done while it is day; and a good man is desirous of finishing it; to which the recompence of reward, though it is not of debt, but of grace, is a great encouragement, as it is to the hireling: or "till as an hireling he shall will", or "desire with delight and pleasure (r) his day"; that is, his day to be at an end, which he wishes and longs for; and when it comes is very acceptable to him, because he then enjoys his rest, and receives his hire; so as there is a fixed time for the hireling, there is for man on earth; and as that time is short and laborious, so is the life of man; and at the close of it, the good and faithful servant of the Lord, like the hireling, in some sense rests from his labours, and receives the reward of the inheritance, having served the Lord Christ; which makes this day a grateful and acceptable one to him, what he desires, and with pleasure waits for, being better than the day of his birth; and especially when his life is worn out with trouble, and he is weary of it through old age, and the infirmities thereof, those days being come in which he has no pleasure. Job therefore entreats that God would give him some intermission from his extraordinary troubles, till his appointed time came, which then would be as welcome to him as the close of the day is to an hireling, see Job 7:1.

(n) "donec desinat, sc. esse vel vivere", Piscator, Cocceius. (o) "respice aliorsum ab eo", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Schmidt, Michaelis; so De Dieu, Schultens. (p) "Et cesset", Mercerus; "et desinat a malo suo", Pagninus. (q) "Et cesset afflictio", Drusius; so the Targum. (r) "grato animo excipiet", Tigurine version; "velit", Montanus, Bolducius; "acceptum habeat", Piscator; De Dieu, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. Turn—namely, Thine eyes from watching him so jealously (Job 14:3).

hireling—(Job 7:1).

accomplish—rather, "enjoy." That he may at least enjoy the measure of rest of the hireling who though hard worked reconciles himself to his lot by the hope of his rest and reward [Umbreit].

Job 14:6 Additional Commentaries
Job Acknowledges the Finality of Death
5"Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; And his limits You have set so that he cannot pass. 6"Turn Your gaze from him that he may rest, Until he fulfills his day like a hired man. 7"For there is hope for a tree, When it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And its shoots will not fail.…
Cross References
Job 7:1
"Do not mortals have hard service on earth? Are not their days like those of hired laborers?

Job 7:19
Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant?

Job 14:7
"At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.

Psalm 39:13
Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more."

Isaiah 16:14
But now the LORD says: "Within three years, as a servant bound by contract would count them, Moab's splendor and all her many people will be despised, and her survivors will be very few and feeble."
Treasury of Scripture

Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.


Job 7:16,19 I loathe it; I would not live always: let me alone; for my days are vanity…

Job 10:20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take …

Psalm 39:13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

rest. Heb. cease. as an hireling

Job 7:1,2 Is there not an appointed time to man on earth? are not his days …

Matthew 20:1-8 For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder…

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