Job 8:8
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English Standard Version
“For inquire, please, of bygone ages, and consider what the fathers have searched out.

King James Bible
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:

American Standard Version
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, And apply thyself to that which their fathers have searched out:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For inquire of the former generation, and search diligently into the memory of the fathers:

English Revised Version
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and apply thyself to that which their fathers have searched out:

Webster's Bible Translation
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

1 Then began Bildad the Shuhite, and said:

2 How long wilt thou utter such things,

And the words of thy mouth are a boisterous wind?

3 Will God reverse what is right,

Or the Almighty reverse what is just?

4 When thy children sinned against Him,

He gave them over to the hand of their wickedness.

Bildad

(Note: Nothing can be said respecting the signification of the name בּלדּד even as a probable meaning, unless perhaps equals בל־דד, sine mammis, i.e., brought up without his mother's milk.)

begins harshly and self-confidently with quousque tandem, עד־אן instead of the usual עד־אנה. אלּה, not: this, but: of this kind, of such kind, as Job 12:3; Job 16:2. כּבּיר רוּח is poetical, equivalent to גּדולה רוּח, Job 1:19; רוּח is gen. comm. in the signification wind as well as spirit, although more frequently fem. than masc. He means that Job's speeches are like the wind in their nothingness, and like a boisterous wind in their vehemence. Bildad sees the justice of God, the Absolute One, which ought to be universally acknowledged, impugned in them. In order not to say directly that Job's children had died such a sudden death on account of their sin, he speaks conditionally. If they have sinned, death is just the punishment of their sin. God has not arbitrarily swept them away, but has justly given them over to the destroying hand of their wickedness, - a reference to the prologue which belongs inseparably to the whole.

Job 8:8 Parallel Commentaries

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enquire.

Job 12:12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

Job 15:10,18 With us are both the gray headed and very aged men, much elder than your father...

Job 32:6,7 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and you are very old; why I was afraid...

Deuteronomy 4:32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth...

Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask your father, and he will show you; your elders...

Psalm 44:1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work you did in their days, in the times of old.

Psalm 78:3,4 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us...

Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known your truth.

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning...

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the world are come.

Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:32
"For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of.

Deuteronomy 32:7
Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.

2 Chronicles 10:6
Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, "How do you advise me to answer this people?"

Job 15:18
(what wise men have told, without hiding it from their fathers,

Job 20:4
Do you not know this from of old, since man was placed on earth,

Job 32:7
I said, 'Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.'

Joel 1:2
Hear this, you elders; give ear, all inhabitants of the land! Has such a thing happened in your days, or in the days of your fathers?

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