Job 8:7

7 Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.

Job 8:7 in Other Translations

7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
7 And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.
7 And though you started with little, you will end with much.
7 Even though you're not much right now, you'll end up better than ever. To Hang Your Life from One Thin Thread
7 Then, even if your beginnings were modest, your final days will be full of prosperity.

Job 8:7 Meaning and Commentary

Job 8:7

Though thy beginning was small
When, he first set out in the world; and which though it greatly increased, and he was the greatest man in all the east, yet Bildad suggests, should he behave well, that was comparatively small to what it would be with him hereafter; and which was fact, for he had double of what he before enjoyed; so Mr. Broughton renders the words, "and thy former state should be little to thy latter": or rather the sense and meaning is, "though thy beginning should be small" F18; be it so that it is; or rather that though he should begin again in the world with very little, as indeed at present he had nothing to begin with, and when he did it was but with little; one gave him a piece of money, and another an earring of gold:

yet thy latter end should greatly increase;
as it did, for the Lord blessed his latter end, and he had more than at the beginning, even double to what he had in his most flourishing circumstances; see ( Job 42:11 Job 42:12 ) Bildad seems to have spoken under a spirit of prophecy, without being sensible of it, and not imagining in the least that so it would be in fact; for he only affirms it on supposition of Job's good behaviour for the future, putting it entirely upon that condition, which he had no great expectation of it ever being performed.


F18 (hyhw) "etsi fuerit", so some in Michaelis.

Job 8:7 In-Context

5 But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty,
6 if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state.
7 Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.
8 “Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned,
9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Job 21:13; Job 22:21; Job 36:11; Psalms 25:13; Job 42:12
  • 2. S Job 1:10; Jeremiah 29:11; Jeremiah 31:17
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