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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

Hell

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The Hebrews SHEOL, and the Greek HADES, usually translated hell, often signify the place of departed spirits, Psalm 16:10 Isaiah 14:9 Ezekiel 31:16 . Here was the rich man, after being buried, Luke 16:23 . The above and many other passages in the Old Testament show the futility of that opinion which attributes to the Hebrews an ignorance of a future state.

The term hell is most commonly applied to the place of punishment in the unseen world, and is usually represented in the Greek New Testament by the word Gehenna, valley of Hinnom. See 2 Peter 2:4 , the rebellious angels are said, in the original Greek, to have been cast down into "Tartarus," this being the Grecian name of the lowest abyss of Hades. Other expressions are also used, indicating the dreadfulness of the anguish there to be endured. It is called "outer darkness," "flame," "furnace of fire," "unquenchable fire," "fire and brimstone," etc., Matthew 8:12 13:42 22:13 25:20,41 Mark 9:43-48 Judges 1:13 Revelation 20:14 . The misery of hell will consist in the privation of the vision and love of God, exclusion from every source of happiness, perpetual sin, remorse of conscience in view of the past, malevolent passions, the sense of the just anger of God, and all other sufferings of body and soul which in the nature of things are the natural results of sin, or which the law of God requires as penal inflictions. The degrees of anguish will be proportioned to the degrees of guilt, Matthew 10:15 23:14 Luke 12:47,48 . And these punishments will be eternal, like the happiness of heaven. The wrath of God will never cease to abide upon the lost soul, and it will always be "the wrath to come."


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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Hell'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ats/h/hell.html. 1859.

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the Week of Proper 28 / Ordinary 33
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