Job 8:13
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New International Version
Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.

King James Bible
So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

Darby Bible Translation
So are the paths of all that forget God; and the profane man's hope shall perish,

World English Bible
So are the paths of all who forget God. The hope of the godless man shall perish,

Young's Literal Translation
So are the paths of all forgetting God, And the hope of the profane doth perish,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

So are the paths - The papyrus and the rush flourish while they have a plentiful supply of ooze and water; but take these away, and their prosperity is speedily at an end; so it is with the wicked and profane; their prosperity is of short duration, however great it may appear to be in the beginning. Thou also, O thou enemy of God, hast flourished for a time; but the blast of God is come upon thee, and now thou art dried up from the very roots.

The hypocrite's hope shall perish - A hypocrite, or rather profligate, has no inward religion, for his heart is not right with God; he has only hope, and that perishes when he gives up the ghost. This is the first place in which the word hypocrite occurs, or the noun חנף chaneph, which rather conveys the idea of pollution and defilement than of hypocrisy. A hypocrite is one who only carries the mask of godliness, to serve secular purposes; who wishes to be taken for a religionist, though he is conscious he has no religion. Such a person cannot have hope of any good, because he knows he is insincere: but the person in the text has hope; therefore hypocrite cannot be the meaning of the original word. But all the vile, the polluted, and the profligate have hope; they hope to end their iniquities before they end life; and they hope to get at last to the kingdom of heaven. Hypocrite is a very improper translation of the Hebrew.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that forget God

Deuteronomy 6:12 Then beware lest you forget the LORD, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Deuteronomy 8:11,14,19 Beware that you forget not the LORD your God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes...

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Psalm 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

Psalm 50:22 Now consider this, you that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

Isaiah 51:13 And forget the LORD your maker, that has stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth...

the hypocrite's

Job 11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.

Job 13:16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

Job 15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.

Job 18:14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

Job 27:8-10 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul...

Job 36:13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he binds them.

Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

Proverbs 12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

Isaiah 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?...

Lamentations 3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:

Matthew 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Luke 12:1,2 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, so that they stepped one on another...

Two 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
[Sidenote: Role of the sages in Israel's life] In the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel (Jer. xviii. 18; Ezek. vii. 26) three distinct classes of religious teachers were recognized by the people: the prophets, the priests, and the wise men or sages. From their lips and pens have come practically all the writings of the Old Testament. Of these three classes the wise men or sages are far less prominent or well known. They wrote no history of Israel, they preached no public sermons, nor do they appear
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament

Cross References
Job 8:12
While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.

Job 11:20
But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp."

Job 13:16
Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance, for no godless person would dare come before him!

Job 15:34
For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes.

Job 20:5
that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.

Job 27:8
For what hope have the godless when they are cut off, when God takes away their life?

Psalm 9:17
The wicked go down to the realm of the dead, all the nations that forget God.

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