Hades (Hay´deez)

In Greek mythology, the realm of the dead. In LXX, the word “Hades” is used to translate several Hebrew words, including “Sheol” (Gen 7:35). In the NT, written in Greek, the word “Hades” is also used to refer to the abode of the dead (Acts 2:27; Acts 2:31). A different word (“Gehenna”) is commonly used in the NT to designate the place where sinners will be punished after death (Matt 5:22). In one passage, however, Hades is presented as a place of torment (Luke 16:23).

Acts 2:27

27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One experience corruption.

Acts 2:31

31Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,
‘He was not abandoned to Hades,
nor did his flesh experience corruption.’

Matt 5:22

22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to ... View more

Luke 16:23

23In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side.

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