Job 14:2
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New International Version
They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.

New Living Translation
We blossom like a flower and then wither. Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.

English Standard Version
He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not.

Berean Study Bible
Like a flower, he comes forth, then withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.

New American Standard Bible
"Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.

King James Bible
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

Christian Standard Bible
He blossoms like a flower, then withers; he flees like a shadow and does not last.

Contemporary English Version
We are flowers that fade and shadows that vanish.

Good News Translation
We grow and wither as quickly as flowers; we disappear like shadows.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He blossoms like a flower, then withers; he flees like a shadow and does not last.

International Standard Version
He springs up like a flower and then withers. Like a shadow, he disappears and doesn't last.

NET Bible
He grows up like a flower and then withers away; he flees like a shadow, and does not remain.

New Heart English Bible
He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down. He also flees like a shadow, and doesn't continue.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He comes up like a flower; then he withers. He is like a fleeting shadow; he doesn't stay long.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He cometh forth like a flower, and withereth; He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

New American Standard 1977
“Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He comes forth like an open flower and is cut down; he flees as a shadow and does not remain.

King James 2000 Bible
He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he flees also as a shadow, and continues not.

American King James Version
He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he flees also as a shadow, and continues not.

American Standard Version
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who cometh forth like a flower, and is destroyed, and fleeth as a shadow, and never continueth in the same state.

Darby Bible Translation
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; and he fleeth as a shadow, and continueth not.

English Revised Version
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

Webster's Bible Translation
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

World English Bible
He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down. He also flees like a shadow, and doesn't continue.

Young's Literal Translation
As a flower he hath gone forth, and is cut off, And he fleeth as a shadow and standeth not.
Study Bible
Job Laments the Finality of Death
1Man, who is born of woman, is short of days and full of trouble. 2Like a flower, he comes forth, then withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure. 3Do You open your eyes to one like this? Will You bring him into judgment before You?…
Cross References
James 1:10
But the one who is rich should exult in his low position, because he will pass away like a flower of the field.

1 Peter 1:24
For, "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,

1 Chronicles 29:15
For we are foreigners and sojourners in Your presence, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.

Job 4:20
They are smashed to pieces from dawn to dusk; unnoticed, they perish forever.

Job 8:9
For we were born yesterday and know nothing; our days on earth are but a shadow.

Job 15:33
He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, and like an olive tree that sheds its blossoms.

Psalm 37:2
For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender plants.

Psalm 39:5
You, indeed, have made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing before You. Truly each man at his best exists as but a breath. Selah

Psalm 90:5
You whisk them away in their sleep; they are like the new grass of the morning--

Psalm 90:6
in the morning it springs up new; by evening it fades and withers.

Psalm 102:11
My days are like lengthening shadows, and I wither away like grass.

Psalm 103:15
As for man, his days are like grass--he blooms like a flower of the field;

Psalm 144:4
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

Ecclesiastes 8:13
Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.

Isaiah 40:6
A voice says, "Cry out!" And I asked, "What should I cry out?" "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field.

Isaiah 40:7
The grass withers, the flowers fall when the breath of the LORD blows on them; indeed, the people are grass.

Treasury of Scripture

He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he flees also as a shadow, and continues not.

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Psalm 90:5-9 You carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the …

Psalm 92:7,12 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of …

Psalm 103:15,16 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes…

Isaiah 40:6-8 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is …

James 1:10,11 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the …

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your …

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower …

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Job 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days …

Job 9:25,26 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good…

1 Chronicles 29:15 For we are strangers before you, and sojourners, as were all our …

Psalm 102:11 My days are like a shadow that declines; and I am withered like grass.

Psalm 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.

Ecclesiastes 8:13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong …







Verse 2. - He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down. Few similes are more frequently used in Scripture (comp. Psalm 103:15; Isaiah 28:1, 4; Isaiah 40:6, 7; James 1:10, 11; 1 Peter 1:24), and certainly none could have more poetic beauty. Eastern flowers do not often last much more than a day. He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not (comp. Job 7:2; Job 8:9; 1 Chronicles 29:15; Psalm 102:11; Psalm 109:23; Ecclesiastes 6:12, etc.). Shadows are always changing; but the shadows which flee away the fastest, and which Job has probably in his mind, are those of clouds, or other moving objects, which seem to chase each other over the earth, and never to continue for a single minute in one stay. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down,.... As the flower comes from the earth, so does man; as it comes out of the stalk, so man out of his mother's womb; as the flower flourishes for a while, and looks gay and beautiful, so man while in youth, in health and prosperity. Job, doubtless, has respect to his own case before his troubles came upon him, when he was possessed of all that substance, which made him the greatest man of the east; when his children were like olive plants around his table, and his servants at his command, and he in perfect health of body: and as a flower flourishes for a little while, and then withers; no sooner is it come to its full blow, but presently decays; such is the goodliness of man, it fades away whenever God blows a blast upon it; yea, he is easily and quickly cut down by death, like a beautiful flower cut with the knife, or cropped by the hand, or trampled upon by the foot, see Psalm 103:15;

he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not; either as the shadow of the evening, which is lost when night comes on; or the shadow on a dial plate, which is continually moving on; or, as the Jewish Rabbins say, as the shadow of a bird flying, which stays not, whereas the shadow of a wall, or of a tree, continues: a shadow is an empty thing, without substance, dark and obscure, variable and uncertain, declining, fleeting, and passing away; and so fitly resembles the life of a man, which is but a vapour, a bubble, yea, as nothing with God; is full of darkness, of ignorance, and of adversity, very fickle, changeable, and inconstant, and at most but of a short continuance. 2. (Ps 90:6; see on [503]Job 8:9).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.
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