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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CommentaryClarke'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
LibraryTwo 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
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?
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.
what the wise have declared, hiding nothing received from their ancestors
"Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankind was placed on the earth,
I thought, 'Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.'
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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