Job 18:13
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New International Version
It eats away parts of his skin; death's firstborn devours his limbs.

King James Bible
It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.

Darby Bible Translation
The firstborn of death devoureth the members of his body; it will devour his members.

World English Bible
The members of his body shall be devoured. The firstborn of death shall devour his members.

Young's Literal Translation
It consumeth the parts of his skin, Consume his parts doth death's first-born.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

It shall devour the strength of his skin - This may refer to the elephant, or to the rhinoceros, whose skin scarcely any dart can pierce: but in the case referred to above, the animal is taken in a pitfall, and then the first-born of death - a sudden and overwhelming stroke - deprives him of life. See the account of hunting the elephant in the East at the end of the chapter, Job 18:21 (note). The Chaldee has: "The strength of his skin shall devour his flesh; and the angel of death shall consume his children."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

strength. Heb. bars

Job 17:16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.

Jonah 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever...

the firstborn

Genesis 49:3 Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:

Isaiah 14:30 And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill your root with famine...

Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him...

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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
Genesis 31:15
Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us.

Zechariah 14:12
This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.

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