New Defender's Study Bible Notes
14:1 few days. In Job’s day, men were still living to about two hundred years of age, but they must have felt keenly the fact that only a few generations earlier people had lived nine hundred years.
14:4 clean thing. Despite his singular righteousness, Job realized that he, like everyone since Adam and Eve, had been born with innate sin.
14:11 the flood decayeth. In the early centuries after the great Flood, it was common everywhere that the water levels in lakes and inland seas were falling. Arabia and Trans-Jordan, now largely desert regions, were fertile and well-watered in Job’s day, but they were rapidly drying up.
14:12 riseth not. This unhappy outlook probably represents Job’s personal feelings at this time. Very soon, however, his strong faith triumphed and he expressed certain assurance that he would be raised again after death to see God (Job 19:25).
14:14 shall he live again. Death is man’s greatest and unconquerable enemy. The question was especially poignant as voiced by Job, for he had even expressed a desire to die (Job 3:11-13). Later, as his faith reasserted itself, he answered his own question (Job 19:25).