Job 8:13
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New International Version
Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.

New Living Translation
The same happens to all who forget God. The hopes of the godless evaporate.

English Standard Version
Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish.

New American Standard Bible
"So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the godless will perish,

King James Bible
So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Such is the destiny of all who forget God; the hope of the godless will perish.

International Standard Version
Such are the paths of everyone who forgets God— the hope of the godless will be destroyed:

NET Bible
Such is the destiny of all who forget God; the hope of the godless perishes,

New Heart English Bible
So are the paths of all who forget God. The hope of the godless man shall perish,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The same thing happens to all who forget God. The hope of the godless dies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So are the paths of all that forget God; And the hope of the godless man shall perish;

New American Standard 1977
“So are the paths of all who forget God,
            And the hope of the godless will perish,

Jubilee Bible 2000
So are the paths of all that forget God, and the hypocrite's hope shall perish.

King James 2000 Bible
So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

American King James Version
So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

American Standard Version
So are the paths of all that forget God; And the hope of the godless man shall perish:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Even so are the ways of all that forget God, and the hope of the hypocrite shall perish:

Darby Bible Translation
So are the paths of all that forget God; and the profane man's hope shall perish,

English Revised Version
So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hope of the godless man shall perish:

Webster's Bible Translation
So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

World English Bible
So are the paths of all who forget God. The hope of the godless man shall perish,

Young's Literal Translation
So are the paths of all forgetting God, And the hope of the profane doth perish,
Study Bible
Bildad: Job Should Repent
12"While it is still green and not cut down, Yet it withers before any other plant. 13"So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the godless will perish, 14Whose confidence is fragile, And whose trust a spider's web.…
Cross References
Job 8:12
"While it is still green and not cut down, Yet it withers before any other plant.

Job 11:20
"But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And there will be no escape for them; And their hope is to breathe their last."

Job 13:16
"This also will be my salvation, For a godless man may not come before His presence.

Job 15:34
"For the company of the godless is barren, And fire consumes the tents of the corrupt.

Job 20:5
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless momentary?

Job 27:8
"For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires his life?

Psalm 9:17
The wicked will return to Sheol, Even all the nations who forget God.

Psalm 50:22
"Now consider this, you who forget God, Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver.

Psalm 112:10
The wicked will see it and be vexed, He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked will perish.

Proverbs 10:28
The hope of the righteous is gladness, But the expectation of the wicked perishes.
Treasury of Scripture

So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

that forget God

Deuteronomy 6:12 Then beware lest you forget the LORD, which brought you forth out …

Deuteronomy 8:11,14,19 Beware that you forget not the LORD your God, in not keeping his …

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after …

Psalm 50:22 Now consider this, you that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, …

Isaiah 51:13 And forget the LORD your maker, that has stretched forth the heavens, …

the hypocrite's

Job 11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, …

Job 13:16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

Job 15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall …

Job 18:14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall …

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite …

Job 27:8-10 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when …

Job 36:13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he binds them.

Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation …

Proverbs 12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous …

Isaiah 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. …

Lamentations 3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:

Matthew 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: …

Luke 12:1,2 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable …

Verse 13. - So are the paths of all that forget God. So, that is, do those proceed on their way by whom God has been forgotten, They spring up in apparent strength and lusty force; they flourish for a brief space; then, untouched by man's hand, they suddenly fade, fall, and disappear, before the mass of their contemporaries. Job is, of course, glanced at in the expression, "all that forget God," though it is the last thing that he had done. And the hypocrite's hope shall perish; or, the hope of the ungodly man shall perish (comp. Job 13:16; Job 15:34; Job 17:8, where the LXX. translates by ἀσεβὴς or παράνομος). So are the paths of all that forget God,.... Who forget that there is a God; he is not in all, and scarce in any of their thoughts, and they live without him in the world; who forget the works of God, of creation and providence, in which there is a glorious display of his being and perfections; who forget the benefits and blessings of his goodness they are every day partakers of, and are not thankful for them; and who forget the word, worship, and ordinances of God, and follow after and observe lying vanities, idols, and the works of men's hands, and worship them, being unmindful of the rock of their salvation: now such men, as well as the hypocrites in the next clause, are like bulrushes and flags, or sedge, being unfruitful, useless, and unprofitable; and, for their sensuality and worldly mindedness, standing in the mire and clay of an unregenerate state, and of carnal and worldly lusts; and though, especially the latter, may carry their heads high in a profession of religion, and make a fair show in the flesh while it is a time of outward prosperity with them, but when tribulation arises on the account of religion, they are presently offended, and apostatize; being destitute of the true grace of God, and having the root of the matter in them, they wither of themselves; they soon drop their profession in the view of all good men, comparable to herbs and green grass, which abide in their verdure, when the other are gone and are seen no more:

and the hypocrite's hope shall perish; who are either the same with those before described, who, being in prosperous circumstances, forget the God of their mercies they make a profession of, like Jeshurun of old, or different persons, as Bar Tzemach thinks, the former designing open profane sinners, these secret ones, under the appearance of good men: an "hypocrite" is one whose inside is not as his outside, as the Jews say; who is outwardly righteous, but inwardly wicked; has a form of godliness, but not the power of it; a name to live, but dead; that makes a show of religion and devotion, attending the worship and ordinances of God in an external way, as if he had great delight in him and them, when his heart is removed far from him: and such have their "hope", for the present, of being in the favour of God, and of future happiness, which is founded on their outward prosperity their esteem among men, and more especially their external righteousness, and profession of religion; but this will "perish", even both the ground of their hope, the riches and righteousness, which come to nothing, and the hope that is built thereupon sinks into despair; if not in life, as it sometimes does, yet always at death, see Job 11:20; Bildad seems to have Job in view here, whom he esteemed an hypocrite. 13. paths—so "ways" (Pr 1:19).

all that forget God—the distinguishing trait of the godless (Ps 9:17; 50:22).8:8-19 Bildad discourses well of hypocrites and evil-doers, and the fatal end of all their hopes and joys. He proves this truth of the destruction of the hopes and joys of hypocrites, by an appeal to former times. Bildad refers to the testimony of the ancients. Those teach best that utter words out of their heart, that speak from an experience of spiritual and divine things. A rush growing in fenny ground, looking very green, but withering in dry weather, represents the hypocrite's profession, which is maintained only in times of prosperity. The spider's web, spun with great skill, but easily swept away, represents a man's pretensions to religion when without the grace of God in his heart. A formal professor flatters himself in his own eyes, doubts not of his salvation, is secure, and cheats the world with his vain confidences. The flourishing of the tree, planted in the garden, striking root to the rock, yet after a time cut down and thrown aside, represents wicked men, when most firmly established, suddenly thrown down and forgotten. This doctrine of the vanity of a hypocrite's confidence, or the prosperity of a wicked man, is sound; but it was not applicable to the case of Job, if confined to the present world.
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