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

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

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

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Inquire - of the former age - לדור רישון ledor rishon, of the first age; of the patriarchs; the first generation of men that dwelt upon the earth: not of the age that was just past, as Mr. Peters and several others have imagined, in order to keep up the presumption of Job's high antiquity. Bildad most evidently refers to an antiquity exceedingly remote.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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

Job 15:10,18 With us are both the gray headed and very aged men, much elder than your father...

Job 32:6,7 And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and you are very old; why I was afraid...

Deuteronomy 4:32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth...

Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask your father, and he will show you; your elders...

Psalm 44:1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work you did in their days, in the times of old.

Psalm 78:3,4 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us...

Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known your truth.

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning...

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the world are come.

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
Deuteronomy 4:32
Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of?

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

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

Job 15:18
what the wise have declared, hiding nothing received from their ancestors

Job 20:4
"Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankind was placed on the earth,

Job 32:7
I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'

Joel 1:2
Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your ancestors?

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