Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 14

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: Three Friends Answer Job (c 3-31)
Message: Job Speaks (v 1-22)

Job 14 Commentary

(14:1) Job closes the first round of discussions -  Life is brief and full of trouble, Job laments in his closing remarks to this first round of conversation. Sickness, loneliness, disappointment, and death caused Job to say that life is not fair. Some understand Job 14:14-15 to mean that, even in his gloom, Job hoped for the resurrection of the dead. If this is true, then Job understood the one truth that could put his suffering in perspective. God's solution to believers who live in an unfair world is to guarantee life with him forever. No matter how unfair your present world seems, God offers the hope of being in his presence eternally. Have you accepted this offer? (See John 17:3; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:13; Revelation 21:3-4.)

(14:7-22) Victory Over Death - The Old Testament does not say much about the resurrection of the dead. This is not surprising because Jesus had not yet conquered death. Job's pessimism about death is understandable. What is remarkable is his budding hope (14:14). If only God would hide him with the dead and then bring him out again! If only he could die and live again! When we must endure suffering, we have an advantage over Job. We know that the dead will rise. Christ rose, and we have hope based on his promise in John 14:19.

(14:22) A Great Truth - Job's profound speech in this chapter illustrates a great truth: Knowing the right set of doctrines is not enough. To know what to believe is not all that is required to please God. Truth untested by life's experiences may become static and stagnant. Suffering can bring a dynamic quality to life that calm cannot. Just as drought drives the roots of a tree deeper to find water, suffering can drive us beyond superficial acceptance of truth to dependence on God for hope and life.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Life's Trials

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Job with Chapter 14. In our text today we see Job continuing to address his friends with a truth that life is brief and comes with troubles and these troubles drive you can drive you closer to God. In making application we see that our troubles and trials can do as Job driving us closer to God or like Job's wife, further from God. How about you? How do you react to the trials that will come your way? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Job to remember that we all have trails and the correct responce is to get closer to God.


Job 14

Job 14

 1Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

 2He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

 3And doth thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?

 4Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

 5Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

 6Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

 7For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

 8Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;

 9Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

 10But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?

 11As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:

 12So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

 13O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!

 14If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

 15Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.

 16For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

 17My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.

 18And surely the mountains falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place.

 19The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.

 20Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.

 21His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them.

 22But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn.