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Proverbs 15:11; 27:20 – Sheol and Abaddon


Proverbs 15:11 – Sheol and Abaddon are before Yahweh — How much more then the hearts of the children of men! — World English

The word “Abaddon” means “destruction”, and is so rendered in many translations. Rather than associating sheol with an eternity of torture, sheol is here associated with Abaddon: destruction. Thus we find no thought of eternal torture in this verse.

Proverbs 27:20 – Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied; And a man’s eyes are never satisfied.

Abaddon (destruction) is here again linked with sheol. So far from this signifying a burning hell, of so immense proportions that it never can be filled, it merely signifies that there is no limit to the capacity of death — oblivion and destruction cannot be overcrowded.

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