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Job 7:9 – He Who Goes Down to Sheol


Job 7:9 – As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, So he who goes down to Sheol shall come up no more. — World English

The King James Version translates *sheol* as “the grave” here, probably because Job is referring to himself. Evidently it would not have been advantageous to have Job appear to be in the traditional idea of hell, so the translators rendered it “the grave” instead.

Some point to this verse as though it is saying that those in sheol will not be raised in the resurrection. If this were so, then righteous Job will not be raised, for Job is speaking of himself, for he is comparing his nights of suffering and days of distress with the condition in sheol. He is saying that once he is sheol, he would be at rest and not come up to this condition of distress anymore. — Job 7:1-10.

That the dead in sheol are to be raised, due to the salvation provided through Jesus’ sacrifice (John 6:51; 12:47,48; Romans 5:12-19; 1 Timothy 2:5,6), is shown in the New Testament, for all the dead in hades (the Greek word used in the New Testament to correspond with the Hebrew sheol) are to be released to receive the blessings of the judgment day, when there will be books opened to them, and the book of life will be opened to them. — Revelation 20:11-15.

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