“Yahweh will give victory
To the tents of Judah first.
Of the house of David,
With the glory
Of the inhabitants of Jerusalem
May not be exalted
Over that of Judah.”
Yahweh was going to give victory to the people of Judah first. Glory was to come to the house of David and the people of Jerusalem. However, their glory would not exceed that of Judah.
“A mortal is born of a woman.
A moral has only few days.
A mortal is full of trouble.
He comes up like a flower and withers.
He flees like a shadow.
He does not last.
Do you fix your eyes upon such a one?
Do you bring me into judgment with you?
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean thing?
No one can.
Since their days are determined,
The number of their months is known to you.
You have appointed the bounds that they cannot pass.
Look away from them!
Thus they may enjoy,
Like a laborer,
They may enjoy their days.”
A human mortal is born from a woman. Mortals have only a few days filled with trouble. They grow like a flower and then wilt away. These human mortals are like shadows that do not last. Why would you fix your eyes on mortals and pass judgment on them? No one can make clean that which is unclean. Mortals have a shelf life that is determined. God has set out the monthly boundaries of their life that they cannot exceed. He wanted God to not look at them, but to turn away so that they could enjoy their few days like daily laborers do. Job clearly sees the human condition as inferior to God.