Sheol (Shee┬┤ohl)

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).

Deut 32:22

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.

Amos 9:2

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.

Prov 9:18

18But they do not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Isa 5:14

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

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