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A Biblical Description of Hell

 

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"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand
slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to
perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

2 Peter 3:9

 

"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects
the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."

John 3:36

 

"...all will be condemned who have not believed the
truth but have delighted in wickedness."

2 Thessalonians 2:12

 

"The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;
but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming."

Psalm 37:12 - 13

 

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Those in hell are shut out from the presence of the Lord

 

"But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the
darkness, where there will weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 8:12

 

"They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from
the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power."

2 Thessalonians 1:9

 

 

Hell is a place of deep darkness

 

"Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him
outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'"

Matthew 22:13

 

"And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 25:30

 

"These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm.
Blackest darkness is reserved for them."

2 Peter 2:17

 

"They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars,
for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever."

Jude 1:13

 

 

The fire in hell is blazing, consuming and unquenchable

 

"But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell."

Matthew 5:22

 

"If your hand or your foot caused you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better
for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and
be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out
and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye
than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell."

Matthew 18:8 - 9

 

"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who
are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."

Matthew 25:41

 

"If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter
life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out."

Mark 9:43

 

"So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to
dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire."

Luke 16:24

 

"In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave
themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an
example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire."

Jude 1:7

 

"Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them..."

Jude 1:23

 

"I kept looking until the beast was slain and its
body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire."

Daniel 7:11

 

"The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: 'Who of us can dwell
with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?'"

Isaiah 33:14

 

"The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark;
both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire."

Isaiah 1:31

 

"His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor,
gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

Matthew 3:12

 

 

Hell is described as a lake of fire, fiery furnace and a place of burning sulfur

 

"Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of
fire is the second death. If anyone's name was not found written
in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire."

Revelation 20:14 - 15

 

"And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur,
where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be
tormented day and night for ever and ever."

Revelation 20:10

 

"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral,
those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars - their place will
be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

Revelation 21:8

 

"But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed
the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who
had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two
of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur."

Revelation 19:20

 

"They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 13:42

 

"...he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full
strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning
sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb."

Revelation 14:10

 

 

Hell is a place of gloomy dungeons

 

"For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell,
putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment."

2 Peter 2:4

 

 

Hell is described as a pit

 

"He may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn man from
wrongdoing and keep him from pride, to preserve his soul from the pit, his
life from perishing by the sword. Or a man may be chastened on a bed of
pain with constant distress in his bones, so that his very being finds food
repulsive and his soul loathes the choicest meal. His flesh wastes away to
nothing, and his bones, once hidden, now stick out. His soul draws near to
the pit, and his life to the messengers of death. Yet if there is an angel on
his side as a mediator, one out of a thousand, to tell a man what is
right for him, to be gracious to him and say, 'Spare him from going down
to the pit; I have found a ransom for him' - then his flesh is renewed
like a child's; it is restored as in the days of his youth. He prays to
God and finds favor with him, he sees God's face and shouts for joy; he
is restored by God to his righteous state. Then he comes to men and
says 'I sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what
I deserved. He redeemed my soul from going down into the pit, and I
will live to enjoy the light.' God does all these things to a man - twice,
even three times - to turn back his soul from the pit, that the light
of life may shine on him."

Job 33:16 - 30

 

"To you I call, O LORD my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if
you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit."

Psalm 28:1

 

"O LORD, you brought me up from the grave;
you spared me from going down into the pit."

Psalm 30:3

 

"What gain is there in my destruction, in my going down into the pit?"

Psalm 30:9

 

"Do not let the flood waters engulf me or the depths
swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me."

Psalm 69:15

 

"I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like a man without strength."

Psalm 88:4

 

"...who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion..."

Psalm 103:4

 

"Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your
face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit."

Psalm 143:7

 

"...let's swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole,
like those who go down to the pit..."

Proverbs 1:12

 

"But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit."

Isaiah 14:15

 

"But you are cast out of your tomb like a rejected branch; you are covered with
the slain, with those pierced by the sword, those who descend to the stones of the pit."

Isaiah 14:19

 

"Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you
kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your
back. For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise;
those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness."

Isaiah 38:17 - 18

 

"...then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of
long ago. I will make you dwell in the earth below, as in ancient ruins, with those
who go down to the pit, and you will not return to take your place in the land of the living."

Ezekiel 26:20

 

"They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die a violent death in the heart of the seas."

Ezekiel 28:8

 

"...they are all destined to death, for the earth below,
among mortal men, with those who go down to the pit."

Ezekiel 31:14

 

"I made the nations tremble at the sound of its fall when I brought
it down to the grave with those who go down to the pit."

Ezekiel 31:16

 

"All the princes of the north and all the Sidonians are there; they went down with
the slain in disgrace despite the terror caused by their power. They lie uncircumcised
with those killed by the sword and bear their shame with those who go down to the pit."

Ezekiel 32:30

 

 

Those in hell have descended to the depths of the earth

 

"They who seek my life will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth."

Psalm 63:9

 

"Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore
my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up."

Psalm 71:20

 

"For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave."

Psalm 86:13

 

"But little do they know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of the grave."

Proverbs 9:18

 

"But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit."

Isaiah 14:15

 

"I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit."

Lamentations 3:55

 

"And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths."

Matthew 11:23

 

 

There are dead bodies in hell

 

"And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled
against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched,
and they will be loathsome to all mankind."

Isaiah 66:24

 

 

Those in hell have died the second death

 

"These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm -
shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along
by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted - twice dead."

Jude 1:12

 

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death."

Revelation 2:11

 

"Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.
The lake of fire is the second death."

Revelation 20:14

 

"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral,
those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars - their place will
be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

Revelation 21:8

 

 

Hell is a place of condemnation, destruction, punishment and ruin

 

"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

Matthew 25:46

 

"In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave
themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an
example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire."

Jude 1:7

 

"You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?"

Matthew 23:33

 

"Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved,
but whoever does not believe will be condemned."

Mark 16:16

 

"Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands
condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."

John 3:18

 

"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has
eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life."

John 5:24

 

"...those who have done good will rise to live,
and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned."

John 5:29

 

"As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you
a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!"

Galatians 1:9

 

"...and so that all will be condemned who have not believed
the truth but have delighted in wickedness."

2 Thessalonians 2:12

 

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is
the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it."

Matthew 7:13

 

"While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me.
None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled."

John 17:12

 

"What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known,
bore with great patience the objects of his wrath - prepared for destruction?."

Romans 9:22

 

"The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction;
the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."

Galatians 6:8

 

"Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach,
and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things."

Philippians 3:19

 

"While people are saying, 'Peace and safety,' destruction will come on
them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape."

1 Thessalonians 5:3

 

"Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the
rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction."

2 Thessalonians 2:3

 

"People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many
foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction."

1 Timothy 6:9

 

"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false
teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies,
even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them - bringing swift
destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways
and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed
these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made
up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over
them, and their destruction has not been sleeping."

2 Peter 2:1 - 3

 

"By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,
being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men."

2 Peter 3:7

 

"His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant
and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction."

2 Peter 3:16

 

"The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not,
and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction."

Revelation 17:8

 

"People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many
foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction."

1 Timothy 6:9

 

 

Hell is a place of shame, disgrace and everlasting contempt

 

"You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks in which you have delighted;
you will be disgraced because of the gardens that you have chosen."

Isaiah 1:29

 

"Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to
everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt."

Daniel 12:2

 

 

God's wrath remains on them

 

"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects
the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."

John 3:36

 

 

Hell is a place of agony and torment

 

"So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus
to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in
agony in this fire.' But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your
lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad
things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony."

Luke 16:24 - 25

 

"In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and
saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side."

Luke 16:23

 

"...for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that
they will not also come to this place of torment."

Luke 16:28

 

"...he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into
the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of
the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for
ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the
beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."

Revelation 14:10 - 11

 

"And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur,
where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be
tormented day and night for ever and ever."

Revelation 20:10

 

 

In hell, everyone is salted with fire and is burning

 

"Everyone will be salted with fire."

Mark 9:49

 

"The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark;
both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire."

Isaiah 1:31

 

"The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: 'Who of us can
dwell with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?'"

Isaiah 33:14

 

 

Those in hell are cut to pieces

 

"He will cut them to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 24:51

 

 

Both body and soul are destroyed in hell

 

"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."

Matthew 10:28

 

 

There is no rest day or night

 

"And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is
no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image,
or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."

Revelation 14:11

 

 

There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth

 

"They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 13:42

 

"There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out."

Luke 13:28

 

 

The horrors of hell last forever

 

"...their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched."

Mark 9:48

 

"If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter
life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out."

Mark 9:43

 

 

Jesus warns us to avoid hell

 

"And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in
me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the
sea with a large millstone tied around his neck."

Mark 9:42

 

"It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied
around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin."

Luke 17:2

 

 

We are warned not to fear others but to fear God

 

"But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing
of your body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him."

Luke 12:5

 

 

based upon an article written by Kimberly B. Southall

 

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