Job 8:12
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English Standard Version
While yet in flower and not cut down, they wither before any other plant.

King James Bible
Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.

American Standard Version
Whilst it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down, It withereth before any other herb.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When it is yet in flower, and is not plucked up with the hand, it withereth before all herbs.

English Revised Version
Whilst it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whilst it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

5 If thou seekest unto God,

And makest supplication to the Almighty,

6 If thou art pure and upright; Surely!

He will care for thee,

And restore the habitation of thy righteousness;

7 And if thy beginning was small,

Thy end shall be exceeding great.

There is still hope for Job (אתּה, in opposition to his children), if, turning humbly to God, he shows that, although not suffering undeservedly, he is nevertheless pure and upright in his inmost mind. Job 8:6 is so intended; not as Mercier and others explain: si in posterum puritati et justitiae studueris. אל־אל שׁחר, to turn one's self to God earnestly seeking, constr. praegnans, like אל־אל דּרשׁ, Job 5:8. Then begins the conclusion with כּי־עתּה, like Job 13:18. "The habitation of thy righteousness" is Job's household cleansed and justified from sin. God will restore that; שׁלּם might also signify, give peace to, but restore is far more appropriate. Completely falling back on שׁלם, the Piel signifies to recompense, off like being returned for like, and to restore, of a complete covering of the loss sustained. God will not only restore, but increase beyond measure, what Job was and had. The verb. masc. after אחרית here is remarkable. But we need not, with Olsh., read ישׂגּה: we may suppose, with Ewald, according to 174, e, that אהרית is purposely treated as masc. It would be a mistake to refer to Proverbs 23:32; Proverbs 29:21, in support of it.

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Psalm 129:6,7 Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which wither before it grows up...

Jeremiah 17:6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good comes; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness...

Matthew 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;

James 1:10,11 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away...

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass wither, and the flower thereof falls away:

Cross References
Job 8:11
"Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Can reeds flourish where there is no water?

Job 8:13
Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish.

Job 20:5
that the exulting of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment?

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