Job 18:2
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New International Version
"When will you end these speeches? Be sensible, and then we can talk.

King James Bible
How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.

Darby Bible Translation
How long will ye hunt for words? Be intelligent, and then we will speak.

World English Bible
"How long will you hunt for words? Consider, and afterwards we will speak.

Young's Literal Translation
When do ye set an end to words? Consider ye, and afterwards do we speak.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

How long will it be ere ye make an end - It is difficult to say to whom this address is made: being in the plural number, it can hardly be supposed to mean Job only. It probably means all present; as if he had said, It is vain to talk with this man, and follow him through all his quibbles: take notice of this, and then let us all deliver our sentiments fully to him, without paying any regard to his self-vindications. It must be owned that this is the plan which Bildad followed; and he amply unburdens a mind that was laboring under the spirit of rancour and abuse. Instead of How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? Mr. Good translates: "How long will ye plant thorns (irritating, lacerating, wounding invectives) among words?" translating the unusual term קנצי kintsey, thorns, instead of bounds or limits. The word קנצי kintsey may be the Chaldee form for קצי kitsey, the נ nun being inserted by the Chaldeans for the sake of euphony, as is frequently done; and it may be considered as the contracted plural from קץ kats, a thorn, from קץ kats, to lacerate, rather than קץ kets, an end, from קצה katsah, to cut off. Schultens and others have contended that קנץ kanats, is an Arabic word, used also in Hebrew; that (Arabic) kanasa, signifies to hunt, to lay snares; and hence (Arabic) maknas, a snare: and that the words should be translated, "How long will you put captious snares in words?" But I prefer קנצי kintsey, as being the Chaldee form for קצי kitsey, whether it be considered as expressing limits or thorns; as the whole instance is formed after the Chaldee model, as is evident, not only in the word in question, but also in למלין lemillin, to words, the Chaldee plural instead of למלים lemillim, the Hebrew plural.

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How long

Job 8:2 How long will you speak these things? and how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?

Job 11:2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

Job 13:5,6 O that you would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom...

Job 16:2,3 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are you all...

Mark

Job 3:5,6,17 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell on it; let the blackness of the day terrify it...

Job 21:2 Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.

Job 33:1 Why, Job, I pray you, hear my speeches, and listen to all my words.

Proverbs 18:13 He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

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Whether the Fire of Hell is Beneath the Earth?
Objection 1: It would seem that this fire is not beneath the earth. For it is said of the damned (Job 18:18), "And God shall remove him out of the globe [Douay: 'world']." Therefore the fire whereby the damned will be punished is not beneath the earth but outside the globe. Objection 2: Further, nothing violent or accidental can be everlasting. But this fire will be in hell for ever. Therefore it will be there, not by force but naturally. Now fire cannot be under the earth save by violence. Therefore
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether the Fire of Hell is of the Same Species as Ours?
Objection 1: It would seem that this fire is not of the same species as the corporeal fire which we see. For Augustine says (De Civ. Dei xx, 16): "In my opinion no man knows of what kind is the everlasting fire, unless the Spirit of God has revealed it to anyone." But all or nearly all know the nature of this fire of ours. Therefore that fire is not of the same species as this. Objection 2: Further, Gregory commenting on Job 10:26, "A fire that is not kindled shall devour him," says (Moral. xv):
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Job 11:2
"Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?

Job 18:1
Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

Job 18:3
Why are we regarded as cattle and considered stupid in your sight?

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