Christian Pilgrim


30. Sheol

"Sheol" (Hebrew) is equivalent to "Hades" (Greek) or "The Pit" (English).

This is a place where unbelievers' souls go after death, waiting for the resurrection of the body. (Believers go to Paradise). In the Authorised Version of the Bible, it is translated: 31 times as "hell," 31 times as "grave," 3 times as "the pit."

It is spoken of as though it were the state after death of all men (which of course it is of all men by nature):

Genesis 37:35 - Jacob talks about his going down to "the grave," as though this was the state after death of all men. This is a common use of the word, even though those whom God saves, He saves from going to "Sheol" and takes them to be with Him in "Paradise" instead.

It is specifically a place where the wicked are said to go: Job 21:13; 24:19; Psalm 9:17; 49:14; Proverbs 5:5; 7:27; 9:18; Isaiah 5:14; 14:9,11,15; 28:15,18; 38:18; 57:9; Ezekiel 31:15-17; 32:21,27.

Believers will NOT go there: Psalm 16:10 (also "Hades" in Acts 2:27); Psalm 49:15; 86:13; Proverbs 15:24; 23:14.

God is there: Psalm139:8; Proverbs 15:11; Hosea13:14; Amos 9:2.

It is a place of burning: Deuteronomy 32:22; Isaiah 33:14.