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1 Kings 2:6,9 – Down to Sheol


1 Kings 2:6 – Do therefore according to your wisdom, and don’t let his gray head go down to Sheol in peace.
1 Kings 2:9 – Now therefore don’t hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man; and you will know what you ought to do to him, and you shall bring his gray head down to Sheol with blood.

These words were spoken by David to his son Solomon concerning Joab the son of Zeruiah. David was telling Solomon to not let Joab die a peaceful death because of the things Joab had done. (1 Kings 2:5)

The King James Version renders “Sheol” as the grave in both verses. They possibly thought that it would be unwise to render “Sheol” as “hell” in these verses, for it may have indicated that peace could be possible in hell.

In actuality, the word “peace” does not describe any condition in hell, but rather of the dying condition that David wished for Joab to in as he died, and as he entered into realm of death, sheol, the Bible hell, which realm is spoken of a being without any work, device, knowledge or wisdom, and in which one cannot praise or give thanks to Yahweh. (Ecclesiastes 9:10; Psalm 6:5; Isaiah 38:18) Regardless of how he died, Joab, having suffered the wages of sin in Adam, will be saved from that condition so as to be raised for the blessings of the new judgment day, and Joab’s eternal destiny will be determined by his obedience to the books that are opened in that day. — Isaiah 2:2-4; 26:9,10; 29:18,24; John 5:28,29 (World English); John 12:47,48; Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:27,28; Revelation 20:11-15.

Nor do we find anything here that would indicate that David either expected Joab to suffer in an alleged compartment of sheol, or that Joab would be in an alleged compartment called “paradise” while in sheol.

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