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

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

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

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Though thy beginning was small - Thy former state, compared to that into which God would have brought thee, would be small; for to show his respect for thy piety, because thou hadst, through thy faithful attachment to him, suffered the loss of all things, he would have greatly multiplied thy former prosperity, so that thou shouldest now have vastly more than thou didst ever before possess.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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...

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

Zechariah 4:10 For who has despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice...

Matthew 13:12,31,32 For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not...

thy latter.

Deuteronomy 8:16 Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers knew not, that he might humble you, and that he might prove you...

Proverbs 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your 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...

2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...

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 42:12
The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.

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

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