The Lowest Parts of the Earth

For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

(Psalms 86:13) KJV

The lowest parts of the Earth is one of the many ways in which the Bible refers to the core of the Earth. The Hebrew sheol and the Greek hades are used to refer to the underworld realm of the dead, anything below the surface of the Earth.

For the ancients, the grave was a portal into the nether world, and extensively developed afterlife in the interior of the Earth. Even though sheol and hades are broad terms, they’re modified in a wide variety of ways to make it clear that in any given context they’re referring to a specific part of the interior of the Earth. Our findings are summarized in the tables below.

Levels of Hell

Grave (sheol)
Pit (sahat/bowr)
Earth (erets)World (tebel)
Crustsheoleretstebel
Mantlemibbeten sheol
tavek sheol
yerekah bowr
tachti erets
erets tachti
mowcadah tebel
Great Gulf
(outer core)
bad sheolerets beriach
matsuq erets
mayim tachath erets
Core
(inner core)
sheol tachti
tachti erets
bowr, shachath
missahat beli
mowcadar erets
– The levels of hell correspond to the four zones of the interior of the Earth.

Biblical Features of the Core

UsageTransliterationScripturePost
Bottomless pitphrear tes abyssouRevelation 9:1-23/29
Foundations of the earthmowcadar eretsJeremiah 31:372/10
HellhadesLuke 16:263/29
Helltartarus2 Peter 2:43/29
Hell belowsheol tachathIsaiah 14:93/27
Hell firegehenna pyrosMatthew 5:223/29
Lowest hellsheol tachtiDeuteronomy 32:223/27
Lowest parts of the earthtachti eretsPsalms 139:156/7
Pitbowr, shachathIsaiah 38:183/26
Pit of corruptionmissahat beliIsaiah 38:173/26
– Physical features of the Core in Scripture.

June 11 (7) – Escaping the Corruption

If faith in Jesus Christ [q] is how our souls escape the gravity of Earth [pG] and go to meet him in the air then, logically, our soul begins its journey in hell [M].


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