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Psalm 141:7 – Bones at the Mouth of Sheol

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Psalm 141:7 – “As when one plows and breaks up the earth, Our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.” — World English.

David is speaking of himself and his friends, and, using figurative language, he speaks of the closeness that they had come to death “at the mouth of sheol.”

The meaning is not totally clear, but it could be that David is likening the plowing and breaking of the earth to the breaking of their bones, figuratively being close to death, or the grave. At any rate, there is nothing here to support the idea that sheol is either a place of torture, or that sheol contains a compartment called “paradise,” and certainly nothing that would contradict the description of sheol in Ecclesiastes 1:10.


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