Is “If a man dies, shall he live again” a question or a statement?


"If a man dies, shall he live again ..."

Is that a question or a statement?



"For there is hope for a tree, when it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and its shoots will not fail. Though its roots grow old in the ground and its stump dies in the dry soil at the scent of water it will flourish and put forth sprigs like a plant. But man dies and lies prostrate. Man expires, and where is he? As water evaporates from the sea, and a river becomes parched and dried up, So man lies down and does not rise. Until the heavens are no longer, he will not awake nor be aroused out of his sleep. Oh that You would hide me in Sheol, that You would conceal me until Your wrath returns to You, that You would set a limit for me and remember me! If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my struggle I will wait until my change comes. You will call, and I will answer You; You will long for the work of Your hands" (Job 14:7-15).

Job asks what is called a rhetorical question. It is a question whose answer is clear. Men die and they do not return to life in this world, but we all realize that death is not permanent. We will one day awaken to live again when God calls us home.

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