Job 8:5
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New International Version
But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty,

New Living Translation
But if you pray to God and seek the favor of the Almighty,

English Standard Version
If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy,

New American Standard Bible
"If you would seek God And implore the compassion of the Almighty,

King James Bible
If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if you earnestly seek God and ask the Almighty for mercy,

International Standard Version
If you seek God, if you ask the Almighty for mercy,

NET Bible
But if you will look to God, and make your supplication to the Almighty,

New Heart English Bible
If you want to seek God diligently, make your petition to Shaddai.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you search for God and plead for mercy from the Almighty,

JPS Tanakh 1917
If thou wouldest seek earnestly unto God, And make thy supplication to the Almighty;

New American Standard 1977
“If you would seek God
            And implore the compassion of the Almighty,

Jubilee Bible 2000
if thou would seek God early and make thy supplication to the Almighty,

King James 2000 Bible
If you would seek unto God early, and make your supplication to the Almighty;

American King James Version
If you would seek to God betimes, and make your supplication to the Almighty;

American Standard Version
If thou wouldest seek diligently unto God, And make thy supplication to the Almighty;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yet if thou wilt arise early to God, and wilt beseech the Almighty:

Darby Bible Translation
If thou seek earnestly unto God, and make thy supplication to the Almighty,

English Revised Version
If thou wouldest seek diligently unto God, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou wouldst seek to God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;

World English Bible
If you want to seek God diligently, make your supplication to the Almighty.

Young's Literal Translation
If thou dost seek early unto God, And unto the Mighty makest supplication,
Study Bible
Bildad: Job Should Repent
4"If your sons sinned against Him, Then He delivered them into the power of their transgression. 5"If you would seek God And implore the compassion of the Almighty, 6If you are pure and upright, Surely now He would rouse Himself for you And restore your righteous estate.…
Cross References
Job 5:17
"Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

Job 9:15
"For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.

Job 22:23
"If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
Treasury of Scripture

If you would seek to God betimes, and make your supplication to the Almighty;

thou wouldest.

Job 5:8 I would seek to God, and to God would I commit my cause:

Job 11:13 If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him;

Job 22:21-30 Acquaint now yourself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall …

2 Chronicles 33:12,13 And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled …

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Hebrews 3:7,8 Why (as the Holy Ghost said, To day if you will hear his voice…

James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will …

Verse 5. - If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes. Here we have again an echo of the words of Eliphaz (Job 5:8). There is a tacit assumption that Job has not had recourse to God, has not pleaded his cause with him or taken him into counsel; whereas all the evidence was the other way. Both when the first batch of calamities was reported to him (Job 1:14-19), and when the stroke of disease came (Job 2:10), Job cast his care on God, fell back on him, submitted himself to him unreservedly. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the Name of the Lord," he said in the one case; in the other, "What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?" And make thy supplication to the Almighty; literally, make the Almighty gracious to thee." If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes,.... Here Bildad seems to think more mildly, and speak more kindly to Job, that though he had sinned, yet not in so gross a manner as his children, since he was spared, and they were not; and therefore if he would apply himself to God, and supplicate his grace and mercy, and live a godly life, it might yet be well with him, and he be restored to his former or to better circumstances; his sense is, that he would advise him, as Eliphaz had done before, Job 5:8; to seek unto God "by prayer", as the Targum adds, and of which it is explained in the next clause, and that he would do this "betimes", or "in the morning" (n); which is a proper time for prayer, and was one of the seasons good men in former times made use of for that purpose; see Psalm 5:3; or that he would seek him in the first place, and above all things, take the first opportunity to do it, without any procrastination of it, and that with eagerness and earnestness, with his whole heart and soul; for God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him, and those that seek him early shall find him:

and make thy supplication to the Almighty: not pleading any merit of his own, as deserving of any blessing on account of what he had done; but ask what he should as a favour, as a free gift, in a way of grace and mercy, as the word (o) signifies; call for the pity of the Almighty, as Broughton renders it.

(n) "mane quaesieris", Pagninus, Piscator, Mercerus. (o) So Schmidt in loc. 5. seek unto God betimes—early. Make it the first and chief anxiety (Ps 78:34; Ho 5:15; Isa 26:9; Pr 8:17; 13:24).8:1-7 Job spake much to the purpose; but Bildad, like an eager, angry disputant, turns it all off with this, How long wilt thou speak these things? Men's meaning is not taken aright, and then they are rebuked, as if they were evil-doers. Even in disputes on religion, it is too common to treat others with sharpness, and their arguments with contempt. Bildad's discourse shows that he had not a favourable opinion of Job's character. Job owned that God did not pervert judgment; yet it did not therefore follow that his children were cast-aways, or that they did for some great transgression. Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, sometimes they are the trials of extraordinary graces: in judging of another's case, we ought to take the favorable side. Bildad puts Job in hope, that if he were indeed upright, he should yet see a good end of his present troubles. This is God's way of enriching the souls of his people with graces and comforts. The beginning is small, but the progress is to perfection. Dawning light grows to noon-day.
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