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1 Samuel 2:6 – Yahweh Brings Down to Sheol


1 Samuel 2:6 – Yahweh kills, and makes alive: He brings down to Sheol, and brings up.

This is one of the instances where we find the Hebrew word for “hell”: Sheol.

This is part of Hannah’s prophetic prayer. Her statement reveals that it is in Yahweh’s power to kill and to make alive — thus death and life are presented as opposites. The prophecy gives a hint of the coming resurrection day, when those who have died will be made alive again. We are told that Yahweh brings down to sheol, and he also brings up. This indicates that sheol is not a permanent condition. This corresponds with Revelation 20:13, which foretells that all who are in sheol/hades will be brought back to life in the resurrection day. Other scriptures reveal that those in sheol will be brought back to life due to the salvation provide by means of the ransom sacrifice of Jesus. — Hosea 13:14; John 12:47,48; Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22; 1 Timothy 2:5,6.

There is definitely nothing in the verse, however, that gives any indication that those in sheol are conscious, and nothing that would be out of harmony with description of sheol as given in Ecclessiastes 9:10.

1 Samuel 28:7-20 – See our study on:  Saul and the Elohim

Is there anything in this narrative that proves that man has an inherent immortal soul or spirit that continues to be conscious after death of the body?


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