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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Verse 14
Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.
web
Heb. house.
Isaiah 59:5,6

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 8:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-8.html.

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