A biblical term for the netherworld. In some sources, particularly poetic and prophetic ones (Deut 32:22; Amos 9:2), the reference is simply to the deep depths of the earth. More commonly, Sheol is the underworld where departed spirits go (Prov 9:18). Some of the biblical texts preserve a distinct metaphorical flavor, where Sheol is personified as a power that can destroy the living (Isa 5:14).
22For a fire is kindled by my anger,
and burns to the depths of Sheol;
it devours the earth and its increase,
and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
2Though they dig into Sheol,
from there shall my hand take them;
though they climb up to heaven,
from there I will bring them down.
18But they do not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
14Therefore Sheol has enlarged its appetite
and opened its mouth beyond measure;
the nobility of Jerusalem and her multitude go down,
her throng and all who exu ... View more