Job 8:7
New International Version
Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.

New Living Translation
And though you started with little, you will end with much.

English Standard Version
And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.

Berean Study Bible
Though your beginnings were modest, your latter days will be full of prosperity.

New American Standard Bible
"Though your beginning was insignificant, Yet your end will increase greatly.

King James Bible
Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

Christian Standard Bible
Then, even if your beginnings were modest, your final days will be full of prosperity.

Contemporary English Version
Your future will be brighter by far than your past.

Good News Translation
All the wealth you lost will be nothing compared with what God will give you then.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then, even if your beginnings were modest, your final days will be full of prosperity.

International Standard Version
Your beginning may be small, but later years will be very great.

NET Bible
Your beginning will seem so small, since your future will flourish.

New Heart English Bible
Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would greatly increase.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then what you had in the past will seem small compared with the great prosperity you'll have in the future.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And though thy beginning was small, Yet thy end should greatly increase.

New American Standard 1977
“Though your beginning was insignificant, Yet your end will increase greatly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In such a way that thy beginning would have been small, in comparison to the great increase of thy latter.

King James 2000 Bible
Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should greatly increase.

American King James Version
Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should greatly increase.

American Standard Version
And though thy beginning was small, Yet thy latter end would greatly increase.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Though then thy beginning should be small, yet thy end should be unspeakably great.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Insomuch, that if thy former things were small, thy latter things would be multiplied exceedingly.

Darby Bible Translation
And though thy beginning was small, yet thine end shall be very great.

English Revised Version
And though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

Webster's Bible Translation
Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end would greatly increase.

World English Bible
Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would greatly increase.

Young's Literal Translation
And thy beginning hath been small, And thy latter end is very great.
Study Bible
Bildad: Job Should Repent
6if you are pure and upright, even now He will rouse Himself on your behalf and restore your righteous estate. 7Though your beginnings were modest, your latter days will be full of prosperity. 8Please inquire of past generations and consider the discoveries of their fathers.…
Cross References
Job 42:12
So the LORD blessed Job's latter days more than his first. He owned 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.

Job 8:8
Please inquire of past generations and consider the discoveries of their fathers.

Treasury of Scripture

Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should greatly increase.

thy beginning.

Job 42:12,13
So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses…

Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Zechariah 4:10
For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

thy latter.

Deuteronomy 8:16
Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

Proverbs 19:20
Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

Zechariah 14:7
But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.







Lexicon
Though your beginnings
רֵאשִׁיתְךָ֣ (rê·šî·ṯə·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7225: The first, in place, time, order, rank

were
וְהָיָ֣ה (wə·hā·yāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

modest,
מִצְעָ֑ר (miṣ·‘ār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4705: Petty, a short

your latter days
וְ֝אַחֲרִיתְךָ֗ (wə·’a·ḥă·rî·ṯə·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 319: The last, end, the future, posterity

will be full of prosperity.
יִשְׂגֶּ֥ה (yiś·geh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7685: To grow, increase
Verse 7. - Though thy beginning was small; rather, were small. Bildad does not refer to the past, but to the present. Though, if God were now to set to work to prosper Job, his beginning would be slender indeed, yet what the outcome might be none could know. God might prosper him greatly. Yet thy latter end should greatly increase. Here, once mere, Bildad does but follow in the steps of Eliphaz (see Job 5:18-26), prophesying smooth things, as be had done. It is difficult to believe that either comforter put any faith in the prospect which he held out, or imagined that Job would really be restored to prosperity. Rather there is a covert sarcasm in their words. If thou weft indeed so free from guilt as thou claimest to be, then thou wouldst be confident of a happy issue out of thy afflictions. If thou art not confident of such an issue, it is because thou art conscious of guilt. 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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