Job 8:8-19 NIV

8 "Ask the former generations1 and find out what their fathers learned,

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9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing,2 and our days on earth are but a shadow.3

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10 Will they not instruct4 you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?5

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11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh?6 Can reeds7 thrive without water?

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12 While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.8

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13 Such is the destiny9 of all who forget God;10 so perishes the hope of the godless.11

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14 What he trusts in is fragilea; what he relies on is a spider's web.12

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    • a 8:14 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
      15 He leans on his web,13 but it gives way; he clings to it, but it does not hold.14

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      16 He is like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots15 over the garden;16

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      17 it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks and looks for a place among the stones.
      18 But when it is torn from its spot, that place disowns17 it and says, 'I never saw you.'18

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      19 Surely its life withers19 away, andb from the soil other plants grow.20

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        • b 8:19 - Or "Surely all the joy it has / is that"