Job 8:12
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New International Version
While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.

King James Bible
Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.

Darby Bible Translation
Whilst it is yet in its greenness [and] not cut down, it withereth before any [other] grass.

World English Bible
While it is yet in its greenness, not cut down, it withers before any other reed.

Young's Literal Translation
While it is in its budding -- uncropped, Even before any herb it withereth.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Whilst it is yet in his greenness - We do not know enough of the natural history of this plant to be able to discern the strength of this allusion; but we learn from it that, although this plant be very succulent, and grow to a great size, yet it is short-lived, and speedily withers; and this we may suppose to be in the dry season, or on the retreat of the waters of the Nile. However, Soon Ripe, soon Rotten, is a maxim in horticulture.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalm 129:6,7 Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which wither before it grows up...

Jeremiah 17:6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good comes; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness...

Matthew 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;

James 1:10,11 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away...

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass wither, and the flower thereof falls away:

Library
Two Kinds of Hope
'Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.'--JOB viii. 14. 'And hope maketh not ashamed.'--ROMANS v. 5. These two texts take opposite sides. Bildad was not the wisest of Job's friends, and he gives utterance to solemn commonplaces with partial truth in them. In the rough it is true that the hope of the ungodly perishes, and the limits of the truth are concealed by the splendour of the imagery and the perfection of artistic form in which the well-worn platitude is draped.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Hebrew Sages and their Proverbs
[Sidenote: Role of the sages in Israel's life] In the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel (Jer. xviii. 18; Ezek. vii. 26) three distinct classes of religious teachers were recognized by the people: the prophets, the priests, and the wise men or sages. From their lips and pens have come practically all the writings of the Old Testament. Of these three classes the wise men or sages are far less prominent or well known. They wrote no history of Israel, they preached no public sermons, nor do they appear
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament

Cross References
Job 8:11
Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?

Job 8:13
Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.

Job 20:5
that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.

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