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These verses are an amalgamation of various scriptures. While it is pieced together, it flows and conveys the same message found throughout Abrahamic scriptures, namely, the Old Testament. Simply stated, life is hard and people die, but though Deity, we will live again. Let’s go through it in phrases:
Thou, O God! knowest our down-sitting and our
up-rising, and understandest our thoughts afar off;
Psalms 139:2: God’s perfect understanding of us.
shield and defend us from the evil intentions of our
enemies, and support us under die trials and afflictions
we are destined to endure while traveling through this
vale of tears.
Isaiah 25: 8 & Psalms 126:5: The strife of this life causes tears, but afterwards, our tears will be wiped away and we shall find joy.
NOTE: The next section of verses comes from Job 14, with some verses from that chapter omitted.
Man that is born of woman is of few
days and full of trouble. He cometh forth as a flower,
and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow, and
Moral mankind has but a limited time on this planet. Even when life is at its fullest, the bloomed flower, it can be cut down. Once passed, the person’s actions and effects on mankind continue, but the body no longer remains.
Seeing his days are determined the
number of his months is with thee; Thou hast
appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
Deity, knowing all, knows when our last day will be. In the sense that Deity is omniscient, we cannot change our ultimate future or when it will arrive.
him that he may rest, till he shall accomplish his day.
Notice that Job has not been speaking of, or asking for, himself. The phrasing concerns another, or all others. As mortals, we are constantly engaged in industry. We look to complete a task before the end of our work day, or before the sun goes down, or before our life ends. We accept our trials and tribulations yet here Job asks for mankind to also be able to experience rest. That leads to an important question: How will this rest come?
For 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.
If you have never heard of coppicing, I encourage you to look it up along with the rest of these scripture verses. If you have ever seen a clear-cut piece of land perhaps you’ve witnessed coppicing – where a tree, cut to a stump, puts off new sprouts and continues to grow.
But man dieth and wasteth away; yea,
man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
Job recognizes that our physical bodies do cease to function. Yet a part of what we understand to be a person seems gone. We have their body, but where is the spirit that moved it – that spirit that made that person who they were?
waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and
drieth up, so man lieth down and riseth not up,
While I cannot speak to how much of science was understood in Job’s day, today we clearly understand how water does not actually go away. Large bodies of water can turn to salt flats and what was a flood soon again becomes dry land – it was visible, but then not. Job ponders if it is the same for mankind.
the heavens shall be no more.
This is part of the previous verse and shows Job’s acknowledgement that there will be a change – a time where the situation changes.While not a part of the verses cited here, see also Job 14:14.
Yet, O Lord! have
compassion on the children of Thy creation,
administer them comfort in time of trouble, and save
them with an everlasting salvation.” Amen
While the message of an everlasting salvation can be found in numerous places in scripture, I suggest you review Isaiah 45:11-18 and Isaiah 26:19. For me, personally, the message is clear: Even in root Abrahamic scriptures, the concept of resurrection was taught, but only a few mentions, in comparison to the New Testament, of a bodily resurrection exist.