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THE WORD "HELL" IN GOD'S WORD
(Found 54 times in the Bible: 31 times in the OT & 23 times in the NT)

The Hebrew word לואשׁ (sheol) is found 65 times in the OT and is translated "hell" 31 times, "grave" 31 times, and "pit" 3 times. It means:
1) The underworld, grave, hell, pit; 2) The abode of the dead; 3) A place of no return; 4) The wicked sent there for punishment; 5) The righteous not abandoned to it; 6) A place of extreme degradation in sin.

The Greek word γεεννα (gehenna) is found 12 in the NT and is always translated "hell."
"Gehenna" or "Gehenna of fire" is the place of the future punishment. This was originally the valley of Hinnom, south of Jerusalem, where the filth and dead animals of the city were cast out and burned; a fit symbol of the wicked and their future destruction.

The Greek word αδης (hades) is found 11 times and is translated "hell" 10 times and "grave" once. It means:
1) The name Hades or Pluto is an ancient Greek god of the lower regions; 2) Orcus, the nether world, the realm of the dead; 3) It is later used in the Bible of the grave, hell. It is the common receptacle of disembodied lost souls, the abode of the wicked in the very depths of the earth, the infernal nether world.

The Greek word ταρταροω (tartaroo) from Tartaros (the deepest abyss of Hell) is found only once in 2 Peter 2:4.
The ancient Greek name of the subterranean region, doleful and dark, regarded as the abode of the wicked dead, where they suffer punishment for their evil deeds; it answers to Gehenna of the Jews.

A total of 14 people use the word "HELL" in the Bible. The top 5 are Ezekiel (4), Isaiah (6), David (7) and Solomon (7), but the Lord Jesus Christ used the word more than twice as much as any of the others. He used the "HELL" is warning people a total of 15 times in the Gospels and Revelation. He said:

"I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of HELL and of death." (Revelation 1:18)   "And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into HELL; yea, I say unto you, Fear him." (Luke 12:4-5)   "And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into HELL, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into HELL, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into HELL fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (Mark 9:43-48)   "And it came to pass, that ... the rich man also died, and was buried; And in HELL he lift up his eyes, being in torments ... And he cried and said, ... have mercy on me, ... for I am tormented in this flame." (Luke 16:22-24)


Deuteronomy 32:22:   For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest HELL, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

2 Samuel 22:6:   The sorrows of HELL compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

Job 11:8:   It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than HELL; what canst thou know?

Job 26:6:   HELL is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

Psalm 9:17:   The wicked shall be turned into HELL, and all the nations that forget God.

Psalm 16:10:   For thou wilt not leave my soul in HELL; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Psalm 18:5:   The sorrows of HELL compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

Psalm 55:15:   Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into HELL: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

Psalm 86:13:   For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest HELL.

Psalm 116:3:   The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of HELL gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

Psalm 139:8:   If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in HELL, behold, thou art there.

Proverbs 5:5:   Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on HELL.

Proverbs 7:27:   Her house is the way to HELL, going down to the chambers of death.

Proverbs 9:18:   But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of HELL.

Proverbs 15:11:   HELL and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

Proverbs 15:24:   The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from HELL beneath.

Proverbs 23:14:   Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from HELL.

Proverbs 27:20:   HELL and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Isaiah 5:14:   Therefore HELL hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

Isaiah 14:9:   HELL from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

Isaiah 14:15:   Yet thou shalt be brought down to HELL, to the sides of the pit.

Isaiah 28:15:   Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with HELL are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

Isaiah 28:18:   And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with HELL shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

Isaiah 57:9:   And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto HELL.

Ezekiel 31:16:   I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to HELL with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.

Ezekiel 31:17:   They also went down into HELL with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen.

Ezekiel 32:21:   The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of HELL with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.

Ezekiel 32:27:   And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to HELL with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.

Amos 9:2:   Though they dig into HELL, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

Jonah 2:2:   And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of HELL cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

Habukkuk 2:5:   Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as HELL, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:

Matthew 5:22:   But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of HELL fire.

Matthew 5:29:   And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into HELL.

Matthew 5:30:   And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into HELL.

Matthew 10:28:   And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in HELL.

Matthew 11:23:   And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to HELL: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Matthew 16:18:   And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of HELL shall not prevail against it.

Matthew 18:9:   And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into HELL fire.

Matthew 23:15:   Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of HELL than yourselves.

Matthew 23:33:   Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of HELL?

Mark 9:43:   And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into HELL, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

Mark 9:45:   And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into HELL, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

Mark 9:47:   And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into HELL fire:

Luke 10:15:   And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to HELL.

Luke 12:5:   But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into HELL; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Luke 16:23:   And in HELL he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Acts 2:27:   Because thou wilt not leave my soul in HELL, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Acts 2:31:   He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in HELL, neither his flesh did see corruption.

James 3:6:   And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of HELL.

2 Peter 2:4:   For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to HELL, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

Revelation 1:18:   I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of HELL and of death.

Revelation 6:8:   And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and HELL followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Revelation 20:13:   And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and HELL delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Revelation 20:14:   And death and HELL were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.


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