Tuesday, September 9, 2014


HELL NO!!! -  IT'S GEHENNA!!!!  

by Tuese Ahkiong

The word hell is no where found in Scripture.  The words GEHENNA, HADES and TARTARUS are translated into hell in the following passages by most modern translations:
Matt 5:22, 29, 30; Matt 10:28, 16:18, 18:9, 23:15, 23:33; Mark 9:43, 45, 47; Luke 12:5, James 3:6; 2 Peter 2:4.  

A good question to ask is what did Yeshua and Apostles mean when using these words?  How did the Jews of Bible times OT & NT understand and define the words Gehenna, Hades and Tartarus? 

(originally Ge bene Hinnom; i.e., "the valley of the sons of Hinnom"), a deep, narrow glen to the south of Jerusalem, where the idolatrous Jews offered their children in sacrifice to Molech ( 2 Chronicles 28:3 ; 33:6 ; Jeremiah 7:31 ; 19:2-6 ). This valley afterwards became the common receptacle for all the refuse of the city. Here the dead bodies of animals and of criminals, and all kinds of filth, were cast and consumed by fire kept always burning.

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Excellent links on Gehenna/



Greek term widely used to denote the deity of the underworld and the abode of the dead. The New Testament use of Hades (hades [a&/dh"]) builds on its Hebrew parallel, Sheol (se'ol), which was the preferred translation in the Septuagint.

  1. the name of the subterranean region, doleful and dark, regarded by the ancient Greeks as the abode of the wicked dead, where they suffer punishment for their evil deeds; it answers to Gehenna of the Jews
  2. to thrust down to Tartarus, to hold captive in Tartarus

  1.  the abode of the dead in early Hebrew thought

Only 5 out 27 New Testament Books contain the word, “HELL.”
The word is used 14 times depending on what translation you use.
If hell is so serious, why didn’t Christ and the saints teach more on its severity?
Matthew, Mark, Luke, James, and 2 Peter are the only NT books that have the word HELL.
The word HELL isn't even a translation, it's a replacement for the proper name, proper noun Gehenna, the name of a location outside of Jerusalem where lots of bad stuff happened like child sacrifice, slaughter, dead animals and human bodies were dumped and burned to kill the rotting smell.
HELL is used 12 times by Yeshua, once by James and once by Peter.
Why didn’t Paul teach on it once in all his writings (1/3 of the NT) since he says he declared the whole council of God? Acts 20:27
Why doesn’t the writer of Hebrews mention HELL?
Why doesn’t John who wrote the Gospel, Epistles and Revelation mention HELL?
HELL's absence throughout the 22 out 27 NT books is deafening!
The word and concept is Greek/Egypt PAGAN and does not come out of the Hebrew mindset.
The 22 NT books that DO NOT CONTAIN HELL.
1 John
2 Acts (of the Apostles)
3 Romans
4 1 Corinthians
5 2 Corinthians
6 Galatians
7 Ephesians
8 Philippians
9 Colossians
10 1 Thessalonians
11 2 Thessalonians
12 1 Timothy
13 2 Timothy
14 Titus
15 Philemon
16 Hebrews
17 1 Peter
18 1 John
19 2 John
20 3 John
21 Jude
22 Revelation

BY DOING A HISTORY LESSON ON THE LOCATION OF GEHENNA, a proper noun and proper name of a location south west of Jerusalem.

GEHENNA is to Jerusalem
as Colma Daly City (a city adjacently south of SF) is to San Francisco.

In the mind of the Jew and their history, Gehenna was a wicked place with child sacrifice and the death of numerous people from NATIONAL JUDGMENT that YHWH brings on them. Dead bodies are burned with fire to kill the stench of death.

The Valley of the son of Hinnom is GEHENNA.


2 Kings 23:10

2 Chronicles 28:1-4 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done, 2 but he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. He even made metal images for the Baals, 3 and he made offerings IN THE VALLEY OF THE SON OF HINNOM and BURNED HIS SONS AS AN OFFERING, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. 4 And he sacrificed and made offerings on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.

2 Chronicles 33:1-6 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. 2 And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had broken down, and he erected altars to the Baals, and made Asheroth, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem shall my name be forever.” 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6 And he burned his sons as an offering in THE VALLEY OF THE SON OF HINNOM, and used fortune-telling and omens and sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger.


Jeremiah 7:30-34
30 “For the sons of Judah have done evil in my sight, declares the Lord. They have set their detestable things in the house that is called by my name, to defile it. 31 And they have built THE HIGH PLACES OF TOPHETH, WHICH IS IN THE VALLEY OF THE SON OF HINNOM, TO BURN THEIR SONS AND THEIR DAUGHTERS IN THE FIRE, which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind. 32Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it will no more be called TOPHETH, OR THE VALLEY OF THE SON OF HINNOM, BUT THE VALLEY OF SLAUGHTER; FOR THEY WILL BURY IN TOPHETH, BECAUSE THERE IS NO ROOM ELSEWHERE.
33 AND THE DEAD BODIES OF THIS PEOPLE WILL BE FOOD FOR THE BIRDS OF THE AIR, AND FOR THE BEASTS OF THE EARTH, and none will frighten them away. 34 And I will silence in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, for the land shall become a waste.

Jeremiah 19:6
therefore, behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when this place shall no more be called TOPHETH, OR THE VALLEY OF THE SON OF HINNOM, BUT THE VALLEY OF SLAUGHTER.

Jeremiah 19:11-15 and shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: So will I break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter's vessel, so that it can never be mended. MEN SHALL BURY IN TOPHETH BECAUSE THERE WILL BE NO PLACE ELSE TO BURY.
12Thus will I do to this place, declares the Lord, and to its inhabitants, MAKING THIS CITY LIKE TOPHETH.
13The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah—all the houses on whose roofs offerings have been offered to all the host of heaven, and drink offerings have been poured out to other gods—shall be DEFILED LIKE THE PLACE OF TOPHETH.’”
14 Then Jeremiah came from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, and he stood in the court of the Lord's house and said to all the people: 15 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, behold, I am bringing upon this city and upon all its towns all the disaster that I have pronounced against it, because they have stiffened their neck, refusing to hear my words.”

Have you ever wondered about being in heaven missing eyes, missing hands, missing feet? One does not think of heaven as a place where we arrive maimed, but this is how it’s contrasted with hell where people go in with their whole body.

What if Roman Catholic Pagan translators weren't so eager to switch the word Gehennna for their pagan word Hell that has a completely different meaning, there wouldn't be all this confusion? Gehenna is a proper noun and proper name for a location right outside of Jerusalem with a history of many bad things from child sacrifice to many dead bodies being burned. This is the concept and definition in the mind of the Hebrew and not the pagan eternal fire burning where people are tortured!  see my link for more on how Roman Catholics replaced Hell for Gehenna http://tueseahkiong.blogspot.com/2014/09/jesus-teaching-on-hell-by-samuel-g.html

Would these passages make more sense in light of a NATIONAL JUDGMENT? Ah! Christians were persecuted in the 1st century when the NT Scripture was being written. The Kingdom of Christ was coming in and The Kingdom of the Old Covenant Jews was going out to Gehenna for their sins of breaking covenant especially FOR MURDERING YESHUA and His disciples. Yeshua said that the Jews would be responsible for all blood of the Martyrs from Abel to Zacharia and that they would goto GEHENNA.

Matt23:33 You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the judgment of GEHENNA ? 34 Therefore behold, I send to you prophets, wise men, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify; and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city; 35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom you killed between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Most certainly I tell you, all these things will come upon this generation.

So, we see throughout the NT that the Jews persecuted the church and Yeshua even says in v34 above that they would kill, crucify, scourge the saints from city to city. Yeshua also says their judgment would come in that first century THIS GENERATION and it did through His servants, The Roman Armies!

Acts 14:22 confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that THROUGH MANY AFFLICTIONS WE MUST ENTER INTO GOD’S KINGDOM.
Matthew 11:12 From the days of John the Baptizer until now, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN SUFFERS VIOLENCE, AND THE VIOLENT TAKE IT BY FORCE.

FYI, None of the following passages mention heaven. It is because of the incorrect foreign to Scripture word HELL, that saints have been contrasting these passages with HEAVEN. These passages are encouraging the 1st century saints under going persecution from the Jews of the Old Covenant Kingdom as they enter into The New Kingdom of Christ. They are as Acts 14:22 says, going through many afflictions to enter into YHWH’s Kingdom.

Matthew 5:27-30 World English Bible (WEB)
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery;’ 28 but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 IF YOUR RIGHT EYE CAUSES YOU TO STUMBLE, PLUCK IT OUT AND THROW IT AWAY FROM YOU. FOR IT IS MORE PROFITABLE FOR YOU THAT ONE OF YOUR MEMBERS SHOULD PERISH, than for your whole body to be cast into GEHENNA. 30 IF YOUR RIGHT HAND CAUSES YOU TO STUMBLE, CUT IT OFF, AND THROW IT AWAY FROM YOU. FOR IT IS MORE PROFITABLE FOR YOU THAT ONE OF YOUR MEMBERS SHOULD PERISH, than for your whole body to be cast into GEHENNA. 

Matthew 18:7-9
7 “Woe to the world because of occasions of stumbling! For it must be that the occasions come, but woe to that person through whom the occasion comes! 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, CUT IT OFF, AND CAST IT FROM YOU. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into THE ETERNAL FIRE. 9 If your eye causes you to stumble, PLUCK IT OUT, AND CAST IT FROM YOU. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into THE GEHENNA OF FIRE.

Mark 9:43-48
43 If your hand causes you to stumble, CUT IT OFF. IT IS BETTER FOR YOU TO ENTER INTO LIFE MAIMED, rather than having your two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire, 44 ‘where their worm doesn’t die, and the fire is not quenched.’ 45 If your foot causes you to stumble, CUT IT OFF. IT IS BETTER FOR YOU TO ENTER INTO LIFE LAME, rather than having your two feet to BE CAST INTO GEHENNA, INTO THE FIRE THAT WILL NEVER BE QUENCHED— 46 ‘where their worm doesn’t die, and the fire is not quenched.’ 47 If your eye causes you to stumble, cast it out. It is better for you to enter into God’s Kingdom with one eye, rather than having two eyes TO BE CAST INTO THE GEHENNA OF FIRE, 48 ‘where their worm doesn’t die, and the fire is not quenched.’

UNQUENCHABLE FIRE does not mean an unending fire but a fire that would NOT BE QUENCHED, UNSTOPPABLE; a judgment that will be COMPLETE IN CONSUMING the guilty. The following 3 passages from Jeremiah speak of a temporal NATIONAL JUDGMENT that falls upon Jerusalem in 586 BC by the Babylonians. The fire is not still burning. This is apocalyptic language describing YHWH's judgment upon Israel. The Jewish mindset was aware that this language of UNQUENCHABLE FIRE was associated with National Judgment. Precisely what the Jews were aware of who heard Yeshua in Mark 9:43.

Jeremiah 4:4
O people of Judah and Jerusalem, surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the Lord, or my anger will burn like an UNQUENCHABLE FIRE because of all your sins.

Jeremiah 7:20
So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “I will pour out my terrible fury on this place. Its people, animals, trees, and crops will be consumed by the UNQUENCHABLE FIRE of my anger.”

Jeremiah 21:12
This is what the Lord says to the dynasty of David: “‘Give justice each morning to the people you judge! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Otherwise, my anger will burn like an UNQUENCHABLE FIRE because of all your sins.

Mark 9:43
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the UNQUENCHABLE FIRES of hell with two hands.

Notice how Old Testament Scripture describes souls being destroyed by the sword in NATIONAL JUDGMENTS via invading armies with swords killing people. This means that the soul in this context is not defined as an immaterial part of a person but as their physical body being put to death.

Joshua 10:28
Joshua took Makkedah on that day, and struck it with the edge of the sword, with its king. HE UTTERLY DESTROYED IT AND ALL THE SOULS who were in it. He left no one remaining. He did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.

Joshua 10:35
They took it on that day, and struck it with the edge of the sword. HE UTTERLY DESTROYED ALL THE SOULS who were in it that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish.

Joshua 10:37
They took it, and STRUCK IT WITH THE EDGE OF THE SWORD, WITH ITS KING AND ALL ITS CITIES, AND ALL THE SOULS WHO WERE IN IT. He left no one remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon; but he utterly destroyed it, and all the souls who were in it.

Joshua 10:39
He took it, with its king and all its cities. THEY STRUCK THEM WITH THE EDGE OF THE SWORD, AND UTTERLY DESTROYED ALL THE SOULS WHO WERE IN IT. He left no one remaining. As he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to its king; as he had done also to Libnah, and to its king.

Joshua 11:11
THEY STRUCK ALL THE SOULS WHO WERE IN IT WITH THE EDGE OF THE SWORD, UTTERLY DESTROYING THEM. There was no one left who breathed. He burnt Hazor with fire.

Leviticus 23:30
And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, THE SAME SOUL WILL I DESTROY from among his people.

****Now read the words of Yeshua in light of the Jewish understanding of a soul being destroyed during a NATIONAL JUDGMENT. Remember Gehenna was a place were dead bodies were burned and destroyed. Christ was threatening the jews with Gehenna and not some unbiblical pagan word Hell!

Matthew 10:28
Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY in Gehenna.

1.     Matthew 5:22 (YLT)   but I -- I say to you, that every one who is angry at his brother without cause, shall be in danger of the judgment, and whoever may say to his brother, Empty fellow! shall be in danger of the sanhedrim, and whoever may say, Rebel! shall be in danger of the GEHENNA of the fire.

2.     Matthew 5:29 (YLT)   `But, if thy right eye doth cause thee to stumble, pluck it out and cast from thee, for it is good to thee that one of thy members may perish, and not thy whole body be cast to GEHENNA.

3.     Matthew 5:30 (YLT)   `And, if thy right hand doth cause thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast from thee, for it is good to thee that one of thy members may perish, and not thy whole body be cast to GEHENNA.

4.     Matthew 10:28 (YLT)   `And be not afraid of those killing the body, and are not able to kill the soul, but fear rather Him who is able both soul and body to destroy in GEHENNA.

5.     Matthew 16:18 (YLT)   `And I also say to thee, that thou art a rock, and upon this rock I will build my assembly, and gates of HADES shall not prevail against it;

6.     Matthew 18:9 (YLT)   `And if thine eye doth cause thee to stumble, pluck it out and cast from thee; it is good for thee one-eyed to enter into the life, rather than having two eyes to be cast to the GEHENNA of the fire.

7.     Matthew 23:15 (YLT)   `Wo to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye go round the sea and the dry land to make one proselyte, and whenever it may happen -- ye make him a son of GEHENNA twofold more than yourselves.

8.     Matthew 23:33 (YLT) `Serpents! brood of vipers! how may ye escape from the judgment of the GEHENNA?

9.     Mark 9:43 (YLT) `And if thy hand may cause thee to stumble, cut it off; it is better for thee maimed to enter into the life, than having the two hands, to go away to the GEHENNA, to the fire -- the unquenchable --

10.  Mark 9:45 (YLT)   `And if thy foot may cause thee to stumble, cut it off; it is better for thee to enter into the life lame, than having the two feet to be cast to the GEHENNA, to the fire -- the unquenchable --

11.  Mark 9:47 (YLT)   And if thine eye may cause thee to stumble, cast it out; it is better for thee one-eyed to enter into the reign of God, than having two eyes, to be cast to the GEHENNA of the fire --

12.  Luke 12:5 (YLT)   but I will show to you, whom ye may fear; Fear him who, after the killing, is having authority to cast to the GEHENNA; yes, I say to you, Fear ye Him.

13.  James 3:6 (YLT)   and the tongue [is] a fire, the world of the unrighteousness, so the tongue is set in our members, which is spotting our whole body, and is setting on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by the GEHENNA.

14.  2 Peter 2:4 (YLT)  For if God messengers who sinned did not spare, but with chains of thick gloom, having cast [them] down to TARTARUS, did deliver [them] to judgment, having been reserved,

HELL (14), HADES (9), SHEOL (63), THE GRAVE (15)

HELL (14)
1.  Matthew 5:22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the HELL (GEHENNA) of fire.

2.  Matthew 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into HELL (GEHENNA).

3.  Matthew 5:30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into HELL (GEHENNA).

4.  Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in HELL (GEHENNA).

5.  Matthew 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of HELL (HADES) shall not prevail against it.

6.  Matthew 18:9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the HELL (GEHENNA) of fire.

7.  Matthew 23:15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of HELL (GEHENNA) as yourselves.

8.  Matthew 23:33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to HELL (GEHENNA)?

9.  Mark 9:43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to HELL (GEHENNA), to the unquenchable fire.

10.  Mark 9:45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into HELL (GEHENNA).

11.  Mark 9:47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into HELL (GEHENNA).

12.  Luke 12:5 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into HELL (GEHENNA). Yes, I tell you, fear him.

13.  James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by HELL (GEHENNA).

14.  2 Peter 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into HELL (TARTARUS) and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;

  1. Matthew 11:23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to HADES. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
  2. Luke 10:15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to HADES.
  3. Luke 16:23 and in HADES, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.
  4. Acts 2:27 For you will not abandon my soul to HADES, or let your Holy One see corruption.
  5. Acts 2:31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to HADES, nor did his flesh see corruption.
  6. Revelation 1:18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and HADES.
  7. Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and HADES followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.Revelation 6:7-9 (in Context) Revelation 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  8. Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and HADESgave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.
  9. Revelation 20:14 Then Death and HADES were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

SHEOL (63)
  1. Genesis 37:35 All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, “No, I shall go down to SHEOL to my son, mourning.” Thus his father wept for him.
  2. Genesis 42:38 But he said, “My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is the only one left. If harm should happen to him on the journey that you are to make, you would bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to SHEOL.”
  3. Genesis 44:29 If you take this one also from me, and harm happens to him, you will bring down my gray hairs in evil to SHEOL.’
  4. Genesis 44:31 as soon as he sees that the boy is not with us, he will die, and your servants will bring down the gray hairs of your servant our father with sorrow toSHEOL.
  5. Numbers 16:30 But if the Lord creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into SHEOL, then you shall know that these men have despised the Lord.”
  6. Numbers 16:33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into SHEOL, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
  7. Deuteronomy 32:22 For a fire is kindled by my anger, and it burns to the depths ofSHEOL, devours the earth and its increase, and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
  8. 1 Samuel 2:6 The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to SHEOL and raises up.
  9. 2 Samuel 22:6 the cords of SHEOL entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.
  10. 1 Kings 2:6 Act therefore according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to SHEOL in peace.
  11. 1 Kings 2:9 Now therefore do not hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man. You will know what you ought to do to him, and you shall bring his gray head down with blood to SHEOL.”
  12. Job 7:9 As the cloud fades and vanishes, so he who goes down to SHEOL does not come up;
  13. Job 11:8 It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than SHEOL—what can you know?
  14. Job 14:13 Oh that you would hide me in SHEOL, that you would conceal me until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
  15. Job 17:13 If I hope for SHEOL as my house, if I make my bed in darkness,
  16. Job 17:16 Will it go down to the bars of SHEOL? Shall we descend together into the dust?”
  17. Job 21:13 They spend their days in prosperity, and in peace they go down to SHEOL.
  18. Job 24:19 Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters; so does SHEOL those who have sinned.
  19. Job 26:6 SHEOL is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.
  20. Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of you; in SHEOL who will give you praise?
  21. Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall return to SHEOL, all the nations that forget God.
  22. Psalm 16:10 For you will not abandon my soul to SHEOL, or let your holy one see corruption.
  23. Psalm 18:5 the cords of SHEOL entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.
  24. Psalm 30:3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from SHEOL; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
  25. Psalm 31:17 O Lord, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to SHEOL.
  26. Psalm 49:14 Like sheep they are appointed for SHEOL; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning. Their form shall be consumed in SHEOL, with no place to dwell.
  27. Psalm 49:15 But God will ransom my soul from the power of SHEOL, for he will receive me. SelahPsalm 49:14-16 (in Context) Psalm 49 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  28. Psalm 55:15 Let death steal over them; let them go down to SHEOL alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.
  29. Psalm 86:13 For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of SHEOL.
  30. Psalm 88:3 For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to SHEOL.
  31. Psalm 89:48 What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of SHEOL? Selah
  32. Psalm 116:3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of SHEOL laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
  33. Psalm 139:8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in SHEOL, you are there!
  34. Psalm 141:7 As when one plows and breaks up the earth, so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of SHEOL.
  35. Proverbs 1:12 like SHEOL let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
  36. Proverbs 5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to SHEOL;
  37. Proverbs 7:27 Her house is the way to SHEOL, going down to the chambers of death.
  38. Proverbs 9:18 But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of SHEOL.
  39. Proverbs 15:11 SHEOL and Abaddon lie open before the Lord; how much more the hearts of the children of man!
  40. Proverbs 15:24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from SHEOL beneath.
  41. Proverbs 23:14 If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from SHEOL.
  42. Proverbs 27:20 SHEOL and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.
  43. Proverbs 30:16 SHEOL, the barren womb, the land never satisfied with water, and the fire that never says, “Enough.”
  44. Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in SHEOL, to which you are going.
  45. Isaiah 5:14 Therefore SHEOL has enlarged its appetite and opened its mouth beyond measure, and the nobility of Jerusalem and her multitude will go down, her revelers and he who exults in her.
  46. Isaiah 7:11 “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as SHEOL or high as heaven.”
  47. Isaiah 14:9 SHEOL beneath is stirred up to meet you when you come; it rouses the sHADES to greet you, all who were leaders of the earth; it raises from their thrones all who were kings of the nations.
  48. Isaiah 14:11 Your pomp is brought down to SHEOL, the sound of your harps; maggots are laid as a bed beneath you, and worms are your covers.
  49. Isaiah 14:15 But you are brought down to SHEOL, to the far reaches of the pit.
  50. Isaiah 28:15 Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with SHEOL we have an agreement, when the overwhelming whip passes through it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;
  51. Isaiah 28:18 Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with SHEOL will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, you will be beaten down by it.
  52. Isaiah 38:10 I said, In the middle of my days I must depart; I am consigned to the gates of SHEOL for the rest of my years.
  53. Isaiah 38:18 For SHEOL does not thank you; death does not praise you; those who go down to the pit do not hope for your faithfulness.
  54. Isaiah 57:9 You journeyed to the king with oil and multiplied your perfumes; you sent your envoys far off, and sent down even to SHEOL.
  55. Ezekiel 31:15 “Thus says the Lord God: On the day the cedar went down to SHEOL I caused mourning; I closed the deep over it, and restrained its rivers, and many waters were stopped. I clothed Lebanon in gloom for it, and all the trees of the field fainted because of it.
  56. Ezekiel 31:16 I made the nations quake at the sound of its fall, when I cast it down toSHEOL with those who go down to the pit. And all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, were comforted in the world below.
  57. Ezekiel 31:17 They also went down to SHEOL with it, to those who are slain by the sword; yes, those who were its arm, who lived under its shadow among the nations.
  58. Ezekiel 32:21 The mighty chiefs shall speak of them, with their helpers, out of the midst of SHEOL: ‘They have come down, they lie still, the uncircumcised, slain by the sword.’
  59. Ezekiel 32:27 And they do not lie with the mighty, the fallen from among the uncircumcised, who went down to SHEOL with their weapons of war, whose swords were laid under their heads, and whose iniquities are upon their bones; for the terror of the mighty men was in the land of the living.
  60. Hosea 13:14 Shall I ransom them from the power of SHEOL? Shall I redeem them from Death? O Death, where are your plagues? O SHEOL, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.
  61. Amos 9:2 “If they dig into SHEOL, from there shall my hand take them; if they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down.
  62. Jonah 2:2 saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of SHEOL I cried, and you heard my voice.
  63. Habakkuk 2:5 “Moreover, wine is a traitor, an arrogant man who is never at rest. His greed is as wide as SHEOL; like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations and collects as his own all peoples.”

  1. Numbers 19:18 Then a clean person shall take hyssop and dip it in the water and sprinkle it on the tent and on all the furnishings and on the persons who were there and on whoever touched the bone, or the slain or the dead or THE GRAVE.
  2. 2 Samuel 3:32 They buried Abner at Hebron. And the king lifted up his voice and wept at THE GRAVE of Abner, and all the people wept.
  3. 2 Samuel 19:37 Please let your servant return, that I may die in my own city nearTHE GRAVE of my father and my mother. But here is your servant Chimham. Let him go over with my lord the king, and do for him whatever seems good to you.”
  4. 1 Kings 13:31 And after he had buried him, he said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in THE GRAVE in which the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones.
  5. 1 Kings 14:13 And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he only of Jeroboam shall come to THE GRAVE, because in him there is found something pleasing to the Lord, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam.
  6. 2 Kings 13:21 And as a man was being buried, behold, a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into THE GRAVE of Elisha, and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.
  7. 2 Kings 23:6 And he brought out the Asherah from the house of the Lord, outside Jerusalem, to the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron and beat it to dust and cast the dust of it upon THE GRAVEs of the common people.
  8. 2 Chronicles 34:4 And they chopped down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and he cut down the incense altars that stood above them. And he broke in pieces the Asherim and the carved and the metal images, and he made dust of them and scattered it over THE GRAVEs of those who had sacrificed to them.
  9. Job 3:22 who rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they find THE GRAVE?
  10. Job 10:19 and were as though I had not been, carried from the womb to THE GRAVE.
  11. Job 17:1 [ Job Continues: Where Then Is My Hope? ] “My spirit is broken; my days are extinct; THE GRAVEyard is ready for me.
  12. Job 21:32 When he is carried to THE GRAVE, watch is kept over his tomb.
  13. Psalm 88:5 like one set loose among the dead, like the slain that lie in THE GRAVE, like those whom you remember no more, for they are cut off from your hand.
  14. Psalm 88:11 Is your steadfast love declared in THE GRAVE, or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
  15. Song of Solomon 8:6 Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as THE GRAVE. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.

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