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Job 14:8-10

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Job 14:8-10 King James Version (KJV)
8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?

Job 14:8-10 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

8 If its roots grow old in the ground
and its stump starts to die in the soil,
9 the scent of water makes it thrive
and produce twigs like a sapling.
10 But a person dies and fades away;
he breathes his last—where is he?

Christian Standard Bible (CSB) The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible®, and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers, all rights reserved.


These are my thoughts, please share yours.

8 When the roots grow old things tend to die, Job was clear that he didn’t want to live in the agony he was dealing with. We the stump dies a tree starts to rot and die. A tree often times has to have strong roots to live; we need strong roots thru the Lord to truly live.

9 Water is healing, Jesus is the living water and thru Him we are renwed to life, just as this tree kept living. Just as water is good for the tree and bodies the Lord is good for both our body and soul and by Him we have life that never ends.

10 Job didn’t have the scriptures in his time, he followed God but didn’t know what was after life, we as Christians know that after life is judgment and are only hope is Jesus, with Him life truly never ends but begins at death.
 
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Greetings,
long time no see, pray that all is well for you.

I read the whole Chapter 14 of the Book of Job which gives (gave me) a clearer understanding of the three verses you presented here for us

Job 14:8-10 King James Version (KJV)
8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.
10 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
You can chop a tree to the stump and it will grow back.
I think it is interesting that it says the 'scent of water'.
When a man dies, that's it, as far as ever him sprouting again and continuing on in the same life he had before. The resurrection will not be us simply continuing on in the old body of flesh, which we might see in a tree that re-sprouts after seemingly being dead. A stumped tree is gone. It may have been 80 or more years old and shapely and offering shadow and even benefits from its foliage or fruit, but perhaps a miller saw the benefit in it's timber and timber!!! it was, so it is gone as if it has died. But (of course depending on the species of tree) it will sprout new leaves and branches and one day be a tree again, and it will be the same tree, with the same needs and limitations on it, the same behaviour as it had before (perhaps it lost it's leaves each year and grew new ones in spring) and it will be susceptible to the same pests and diseases that it had before, but it will sprout again, so it's 'death' is not final.
But man, we die and will never return the same. There is no resurrection back into this life (a life of suffering and death, or trouble, as Job pointed out at the beginning of the Chapter), no, once we finish this life that is it.
This should make us sober in how we consider our choices now, because we won't simply re-sprout and have another chance to make choices later. not only our choice to follow Jesus but also our choices in how we treat others.

Job was referring to his own life and being extremely grieved he was asking the Lord if maybe he could go to the grave for an appointed time (possibly until all his troubles were past?) because it appeared that he wanted out from all the torment and pain of loss and personal infirmity as well as possibly the constant negativity of those giving him their advice, (if you can imagine what it would be like if you were in Job's position and having these men yabbering all sorts of draining trash in your ears day in and day out... you'd probably be looking for the escape exit route, too!)

However, in Christ there is hope and if we consider the putting to death the old man and being made alive in Christ, the old man is gone, never to re-sprout to grow to a tree, and so, by Grace through faith, we can enter into that Covenant agreement with the Son of Man and die daily, rejoicing that the old life of sin is dead and the True Life in Christ is Life indeed! We can safely be crucified with Christ, knowing that the old man will die as in the 10th verse But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? and we can have confidence that by crucifying the flesh, being crucified with Christ, we will no longer suffer as we did before. Not only do we receive eternal life in Him we also become free from the darkness and the power of the evil one. Our exchange is complete, old master for New.

The 'scent of water' verse 9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. reminds me of Hope, the hope we have in Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer and also this Scripture;
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1


There are a couple of thoughts to add to yours, Clark @clark thompson
Thank you for faithfully sharing here at TalkJesus,


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This scripture makes me think If I were in the room with Job to comfort him in his loss would tell Job about Jesus and the kingdom of Heaven. And that it would be open to Job if he repents and believes. Jesus understood suffering, he would heal all Jobs boils and say to Job his daughters were safe with Him and He will restore everything. Then he would say Satan has done a number on you I will kick him out and wont let him touch you.

Job does have an audience with God at the end and does declare his redeemer lives though, a foreshadowing of the New covenant.
 
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