Job 18:20
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New International Version
People of the west are appalled at his fate; those of the east are seized with horror.

King James Bible
They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.

Darby Bible Translation
They that come after shall be astonished at his day, as they that went before [them] were affrighted.

World English Bible
Those who come after shall be astonished at his day, as those who went before were frightened.

Young's Literal Translation
At this day westerns have been astonished And easterns have taken fright.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They that come after him - The young shall be struck with astonishment when they hear the relation of the judgments of God upon this wicked man. As they that went before. The aged who were his contemporaries, and who saw the judgments that fell on him, were affrighted, אחזו שער achazu saar, seized with horror - were horrified; or, as Mr. Good has well expressed it, were panic-struck.

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astonied

Deuteronomy 29:23,24 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor bears, nor any grass grows therein...

1 Kings 9:8 And at this house, which is high, every one that passes by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say...

Jeremiah 18:16 To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passes thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.

his day

Psalm 37:13 The LORD shall laugh at him: for he sees that his day is coming.

Psalm 137:7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Raze it, raze it, even to the foundation thereof.

Ezekiel 21:25 And you, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end,

Obadiah 1:11-15 In the day that you stood on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces...

Luke 19:42,44 Saying, If you had known, even you, at least in this your day...

went. or, lived with him. were affrighted. Heb. laid hold on horror

Job 2:12,13 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle...

Job 19:13-19 He has put my brothers far from me, and my acquaintance are truly estranged from me...

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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 24:22
But God drags away the mighty by his power; though they become established, they have no assurance of life.

Psalm 37:13
but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.

Jeremiah 50:27
Kill all her young bulls; let them go down to the slaughter! Woe to them! For their day has come, the time for them to be punished.

Obadiah 1:12
You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.

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