“For inquire now of bygone generations.
Consider what their ancestors have found.
We are but of yesterday.
We know nothing,
Our days on earth are a shadow.
Will they not teach you and tell you?
Will they utter words out of their understanding?”
Bildad wants Job to remember his ancestors. Since he is not Jewish, he cannot recall Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, or Moses and the Torah. However, his ancestors had great wisdom. He said that we knew nothing today. Our days on earth are like a shadow. Bildad almost sounded Platonic with earthly existence only a shadow to the real world of ideal forms. The ancestors would teach Job. They would help him to understand.