Job 8:16
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English Standard Version
He is a lush plant before the sun, and his shoots spread over his garden.

King James Bible
He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.

American Standard Version
He is green before the sun, And his shoots go forth over his garden.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He seemeth to have moisture before the sun cometh, and at his rising his blossom shall shoot forth.

English Revised Version
He is green before the sun, and his shoots go forth over his garden.

Webster's Bible Translation
He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

8 For inquire only of former ages,

And attend to the research of their fathers -

9 For we are of yesterday, without experience,

Because our days upon earth are a shadow -

10 Shall they not teach thee, speak to thee,

And bring forth words from their heart?

This challenge calls Deuteronomy 32:7 to mind. לבּך is to be supplied to כּונן; the conjecture of Olshausen, וּבונן, is good, but unnecessary. רשׁון is after the Aramaic form of writing, comp. Job 15:7, where this and the ordinary form are combined. The "research of their fathers," i.e., which the fathers of former generations have bequeathed to them, is the collective result of their research, the profound wisdom of the ancients gathered from experience. Our ephemeral and shadowy life is not sufficient for passing judgment on the dealings of God; we must call history and tradition to our aid. We are תּמול (per aphaeresin, the same as אתמול), yesterday equals of yesterday; it is not necessary to read, with Olshausen, מתּמול. There is no occasion for us to suppose that Job 8:9 is an antithesis to the long duration of life of primeval man. לב (Job 8:10) is not the antithesis of mouth; but has the pregnant signification of a feeling, i.e., intelligent heart, as we find לבב אישׁ, a man of heart, i.e., understanding, Job 34:10, Job 34:34. יוציאוּ, promunt, calls to mind Matthew 13:52. Now follow familiar sayings of the ancients, not directly quoted, but the wisdom of the fathers, which Bildad endeavours to reproduce.

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green

Job 21:7-15 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power...

Psalm 37:35,36 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree...

Psalm 73:3-12 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked...

his branch

Job 5:3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Cross References
Job 8:17
His roots entwine the stone heap; he looks upon a house of stones.

Psalm 37:35
I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green laurel tree.

Psalm 80:11
It sent out its branches to the sea and its shoots to the River.

Jeremiah 11:16
The LORD once called you 'a green olive tree, beautiful with good fruit.' But with the roar of a great tempest he will set fire to it, and its branches will be consumed.

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