Job 8:5
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,

Berean Study Bible
But if you would earnestly seek God and ask the Almighty for mercy,

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

New King James Version
If you would earnestly seek God And make your supplication to the Almighty,

New American Standard Bible
“If you will search for God And implore the compassion of the Almighty,

NASB 1995
“If you would seek God And implore the compassion of the Almighty,

NASB 1977
“If you would seek God And implore the compassion of the Almighty,

Amplified Bible
“If you would [diligently] seek God And implore the compassion and favor of the Almighty,

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if you seek God and you will beg The Almighty

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But be thou early in prayer to the Lord Almighty.

Contemporary English Version
So why don't you turn to him

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

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

Good News Translation
But turn now and plead with Almighty God;

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
If you seek for God early, And make supplication to the Mighty,

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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Bildad: Job Should Repent
4When your children sinned against Him, He gave them over to their rebellion. 5But if you would earnestly seek God and ask the Almighty for mercy, 6if you are pure and upright, even now He will rouse Himself on your behalf and restore your righteous estate.…

Cross References
Job 5:17
Blessed indeed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

Job 9:15
For even if I were right, I could not answer. I could only beg my Judge for mercy.

Job 22:23
If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored. If you remove injustice from your tents


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 unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:

Job 11:13
If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;

Job 22:21-30
Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee…









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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you
אַ֭תָּה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

would earnestly seek
תְּשַׁחֵ֣ר (tə·ša·ḥêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7836: To dawn, be, early at any task, to search for

God
אֵ֑ל (’êl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

and ask the Almighty
שַׁ֝דַּ֗י (day)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7706: The Almighty

for mercy,
תִּתְחַנָּֽן׃ (tiṯ·ḥan·nān)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 2603: To bend, stoop in kindness to an inferior, to favor, bestow, to implore


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