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

King James Bible
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed stupid in your sight?

World English Bible
Why are we counted as animals, which have become unclean in your sight?

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore have we been reckoned as cattle? We have been defiled in your eyes!

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Counted as beasts - Thou treatest us as if we had neither reason nor understanding.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Wherefore

Job 12:7,8 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell you...

Job 17:4,10 For you have hid their heart from understanding: therefore shall you not exalt them...

Psalm 73:22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before you.

Ecclesiastes 3:18 I said in my heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them...

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;

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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
Deuteronomy 25:3
but the judge must not impose more than forty lashes. If the guilty party is flogged more than that, your fellow Israelite will be degraded in your eyes.

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

Job 18:4
You who tear yourself to pieces in your anger, is the earth to be abandoned for your sake? Or must the rocks be moved from their place?

Psalm 73:22
I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.

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