New Living Translation
"How long before you stop talking? Speak sense if you want us to answer!
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.
Job 18:2 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
18:2 Ye - Thou, O Job; of whom he speaks here, as also ver.3, in the plural number, as was a common idiotism of the Eastern language, to speak thus of one person, especially where he was one of eminency. Mark - Consider the matter better.
The book of Job is one of the great masterpieces of the world's literature, if not indeed the greatest. The author was a man of superb literary genius, and of rich, daring, and original mind. The problem with which he deals is one of inexhaustible interest, and his treatment of it is everywhere characterized by a psychological insight, an intellectual courage, and a fertility and brilliance of resource which are nothing less than astonishing. Opinion has been divided as to how the book should be …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
"Shouldn't someone answer this torrent of words? Is a person proved innocent just by a lot of talking?
Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
Do you think we are mere animals? Do you think we are stupid?
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