Job 8:8
New International Version
"Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned,

New Living Translation
"Just ask the previous generation. Pay attention to the experience of our ancestors.

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

Berean Study Bible
Please inquire of past generations and consider the discoveries of their fathers.

New American Standard Bible
"Please inquire of past generations, And consider the things searched out by their fathers.

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

Christian Standard Bible
For ask the previous generation, and pay attention to what their fathers discovered,

Contemporary English Version
Our ancestors were wise, so learn from them.

Good News Translation
Look for a moment at ancient wisdom; consider the truths our ancestors learned.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For ask the previous generation, and pay attention to what their fathers discovered,

International Standard Version
"Inquire of the previous generation, won't you please? Consider what their forefathers searched out.

NET Bible
"For inquire now of the former generation, and pay attention to the findings of their ancestors;

New Heart English Bible
"Please inquire of past generations. Find out about the learning of their fathers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Ask the people of past generations. Find out what their ancestors had learned.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former generation, And apply thyself to that which their fathers have searched out--

New American Standard 1977
“Please inquire of past generations, And consider the things searched out by their fathers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ask, I pray thee, of the former age, and be willing to enquire of thy fathers regarding them;

King James 2000 Bible
For inquire, I pray you, of the former age, and prepare yourself to the findings of their fathers:

American King James Version
For inquire, I pray you, of the former age, and prepare yourself 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:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For ask of the former generation, and search diligently among the race of our fathers:

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

Darby Bible Translation
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former generation, and attend to the researches of their 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:

World English Bible
"Please inquire of past generations. Find out about the learning of their fathers.

Young's Literal Translation
For, ask I pray thee of a former generation, And prepare to a search of their fathers,
Study Bible
Bildad: Job Should Repent
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. 9For we were born yesterday and know nothing; our days on earth are but a shadow.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:32
Indeed, ask now from one end of the heavens to the other about the days that long preceded you, from the day that God created man on earth: Has anything as great as this ever happened or been reported?

Deuteronomy 32:7
Remember the days of old; consider the years long past. Ask your father, and he will tell you, your elders, and they will inform you.

2 Chronicles 10:6
Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. "How do you advise me to respond to these people?" he asked.

Job 15:18
what was declared by wise men and was not concealed from their fathers,

Job 20:4
Do you not know that from antiquity, since man was placed on the earth,

Job 32:7
I thought that age should speak, and many years should teach wisdom.

Joel 1:2
Hear this, O elders; and give ear, all who dwell in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your forefathers?

Treasury of Scripture

For inquire, I pray you, of the former age, and prepare yourself to the search of their fathers:

enquire.

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

Job 15:10,18
With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father…

Job 32:6,7
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion…







Lexicon
Please
נָ֭א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

inquire
שְׁאַל־ (šə·’al-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

of past
רִישׁ֑וֹן (rî·šō·wn)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7223: First, in place, time, rank

generations
לְדֹ֣ר (lə·ḏōr)
Preposition | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1755: A revolution of time, an age, generation, a dwelling

and consider
וְ֝כוֹנֵ֗ן (wə·ḵō·w·nên)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect

the discoveries
לְחֵ֣קֶר (lə·ḥê·qer)
Preposition | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2714: A searching, a thing (to be) searched out

of their fathers.
אֲבוֹתָֽם׃ (’ă·ḇō·w·ṯām)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1: Father
Verse 8. - For inquire... of the former age. Put the matter to the test of experience - not the short-lived experience of living men, but the treasure of experience which has been handed down from generation to generation since the remotest times, and which is embodied in proverbs - the expression of the concentrated wisdom of antiquity. Search out and see what has in former ages been thought concerning prosperous men, like thyself, when suddenly cast down and afflicted. And prepare thyself to the search of their fathers. Go back, i.e., to the past age, but do not stop there - pursue thy researches further and further to their remote ancestors. Bildad implies that the records of these remote times have been, in some way or other, preserved, either in writings or by oral tradition. Writing was certainly known in Egypt and Babylonia from a time anterior to Abraham, and to the Hittites at a date not very much later. Books of advice and instruction embodied in proverbs, or moral precepts, were among the earliest, in Egypt certainly. See the "Instructions of Amen-em-hat." in the 'Records of the Past,' vol. if. pp. 11-16, and the 'Proverbs of Aphobis,' published by the Revelation Dunbar Heath. Bildad's speech is thought to indicate "special familiarity with Egypt." 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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