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Job 8

Introduction

1Bildad shews God's justice in dealing with men according to their works.
8He alleges antiquity to prove the certain destruction of the hypocrite.
20He applies God's just dealing to Job.

Verse 1

Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
Bildad
2:11
Reciprocal: Job 4:1 - answered;  Job 18:1 - Bildad;  Job 42:7 - Eliphaz

Verse 2

How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
How long
11:2,3; 16:3; 18:2; 19:2,3; Exodus 10:3,7; Proverbs 1:22
the words
6:9,26; 7:11; 15:2; 1 Kings 19:11
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 1:14 - How long;  Job 34:37 - multiplieth;  Psalm 139:4 - there is not;  Jeremiah 5:13 - the prophets

Verse 3

Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?
God
4:17; 9:2; 10:3; 19:7; 34:5,12,17-19; 40:8; Genesis 18:25; Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Chronicles 19:7; Ezekiel 18:25; 33:17,20; Psalms 89:14; Daniel 9:14; Romans 2:5; 3:4-6
Almighty
21:15,20; 34:10-12; 35:13; 40:2; Psalms 99:4; Revelation 15:3; 16:7
Reciprocal: Genesis 18:23 - Wilt;  Job 4:11 - the stout;  Job 13:4 - ye are forgers;  Job 21:27 - I know;  Job 22:20 - our substance;  Job 34:37 - multiplieth;  Job 36:23 - Thou;  Zephaniah 3:5 - he will;  Romans 3:6 - for then;  Romans 9:14 - Is there unrighteousness;  2 Thessalonians 1:5 - righteous

Verse 4

If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;
he have cast
1:5,18,19; 5:4; 18:16-19; Genesis 13:13; 19:13-25
for their transgression
Heb. in the hand of their transgression.
Reciprocal: Job 4:11 - the stout;  Job 13:4 - ye are forgers;  Job 18:19 - neither;  Job 19:3 - ye reproached;  Job 22:20 - our substance;  Isaiah 64:7 - because

Verse 5

If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;
thou wouldest
5:8; 11:13; 22:21-23,24-30; 2 Chronicles 33:12,13; Isaiah 55:6,7; Matthew 7:7,8; Hebrews 3:7,8; James 4:7-10
Reciprocal: Job 9:15 - I would;  Job 10:2 - show me;  Job 16:17 - my prayer;  Job 22:23 - return;  Psalm 63:1 - early;  Mark 4:38 - and they

Verse 6

If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
thou wert
1:8; 4:6,7; 21:14,15; 16:17; Psalms 26:5,6; Proverbs 15:8; Isaiah 1:15; 1 Timothy 2:8; 1 John 3:19-22
he would
Psalms 44:23; 59:4,5; Isaiah 51:9
make
22:23-30; Isaiah 3:10
Reciprocal: Job 10:2 - show me;  Job 11:13 - prepare;  Job 32:3 - and yet;  Job 42:10 - the Lord;  Psalm 7:10 - which;  Proverbs 3:33 - he blesseth;  Proverbs 14:11 - the tabernacle;  Mark 4:38 - and they

Verse 7

Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
thy beginning
42:12,13; Proverbs 4:18; Zechariah 4:10; Matthew 13:12,31,32
thy latter
Deuteronomy 8:16; Proverbs 19:20; Zechariah 14:7; 2 Peter 2:20
Reciprocal: Genesis 32:10 - my staff;  2 Samuel 3:1 - David waxed;  1 Kings 18:44 - a little cloud;  Ezra 3:12 - when the foundation;  Job 42:10 - the Lord;  Psalm 72:16 - There;  Psalm 107:41 - setteth;  Proverbs 3:33 - he blesseth

Verse 8

For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
enquire
12:12; 15:10,18; 32:6,7; Deuteronomy 4:32; 32:7; Psalms 44:1; 78:3,4; Isaiah 38:19; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11
Reciprocal: Genesis 47:9 - have not;  Job 5:27 - we have searched;  Job 12:2 - ye are the people;  Job 13:1 - ear;  Job 20:4 - thou not;  Joel 1:2 - ye old;  Matthew 5:21 - it

Verse 9

(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
we are but
7:6; Genesis 47:9; 1 Chronicles 29:15; Psalms 39:5; 90:4; 102:11; 144:4
nothing
Heb. not.
Reciprocal: Job 10:20 - my days few;  Job 14:2 - fleeth;  Job 20:4 - thou not;  Job 38:12 - since;  Psalm 44:1 - in the times;  Ecclesiastes 6:12 - the days of his vain life

Verse 10

Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?
Shall not
12:7,8; 32:7; Deuteronomy 6:7; 11:19; Psalms 145:4; Hebrews 11:4; 12:1
utter words
Proverbs 16:23; 18:15; Matthew 12:35

Verse 11

Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?
the rush
Exodus 2:3; Isaiah 19:5-7
Reciprocal: Genesis 41:2 - a meadow;  Isaiah 19:6 - the reeds;  Jeremiah 17:6 - like

Verse 12

Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.
Psalms 129:6,7; Jeremiah 17:6; Matthew 13:20; James 1:10,11; 1 Peter 1:24
Reciprocal: Esther 5:12 - to morrow

Verse 13

So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:
that forget God
Deuteronomy 6:12; 8:11,14,19; Psalms 9:17; 10:4; 50:22; Isaiah 51:13
the hypocrite's
11:20; 13:16; 15:34; 18:14; 20:5; 27:8-10; 36:13; Proverbs 10:28; 12:7; Isaiah 33:14; Lamentations 3:18; Matthew 24:51; Luke 12:1,2
Reciprocal: Esther 5:12 - to morrow;  Job 19:10 - mine hope;  Psalm 37:35 - a green bay tree;  Proverbs 11:7 - GeneralProverbs 11:9 - An hypocrite;  Hosea 2:13 - forgat;  Matthew 25:8 - for

Verse 14

Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.
web
Heb. house.
Isaiah 59:5,6
Reciprocal: Job 11:20 - their hope;  Job 18:14 - confidence;  Job 27:18 - as a moth;  Proverbs 11:7 - GeneralMatthew 25:8 - for

Verse 15

He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
it shall not stand
18:14; 27:18; Psalms 52:5-7; 112:10; Proverbs 10:28; Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49
Reciprocal: Proverbs 14:11 - house;  Proverbs 21:12 - wisely;  Isaiah 59:6 - webs

Verse 16

He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.
green
21:7-15; Psalms 37:35,36; 73:3-12
his branch
5:3
Reciprocal: Job 15:32 - and his branch;  Isaiah 25:5 - branch;  Jeremiah 17:8 - he shall;  Ezekiel 47:12 - whose

Verse 17

His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.
roots
18:16; 29:19; Isaiah 5:24; 40:24; Jeremiah 12:1,2; Mark 11:20; Jude 1:12

Verse 18

If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
he
7:10; 20:9; Psalms 37:10,36; 73:18,19; 92:7
Reciprocal: Job 8:22 - come to nought;  Psalm 103:16 - and the;  Revelation 12:8 - their

Verse 19

Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.
this is the joy
20:5; Matthew 13:20,21
out of the earth
1 Samuel 2:8; Psalms 75:7; 113:7; Ezekiel 17:24; Matthew 3:9
Reciprocal: Psalm 103:16 - and the

Verse 20

Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:
God
4:7; 9:22; Psalms 37:24,37; 94:14
help the evil doers
Heb. take the ungodly by the hand.
Isaiah 45:1
Reciprocal: Genesis 18:25 - that the;  Job 1:8 - a perfect;  Job 9:23 - he will;  Job 10:3 - shine upon;  Isaiah 51:18 - that taketh;  Hebrews 8:9 - I took

Verse 21

Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.
he fill
Genesis 21:6; Psalms 126:2,6; Luke 6:21
rejoicing
Heb. shouting for joy.
Ezra 3:11-13; Nehemiah 12:43; Psalms 32:11; 98:4; 100:1; Isaiah 65:13,14

Verse 22

They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.
clothed
Psalms 35:26; 109:29; 132:18; 1 Peter 5:5
come to nought
Heb. not be.
18; 7:21 Reciprocal: Job 24:24 - gone;  Job 27:19 - he is not;  Ezekiel 26:16 - clothe;  Amos 5:5 - come

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/job-8.html.