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
|Earth (erets)||World (tebel)|
|Great Gulf |
|bad sheol||erets beriach|
mayim tachath erets
Biblical Features of the Core
|Bottomless pit||phrear tes abyssou||Revelation 9:1-2||3/29|
|Foundations of the earth||mowcadar erets||Jeremiah 31:37||2/10|
|Hell||tartarus||2 Peter 2:4||3/29|
|Hell below||sheol tachath||Isaiah 14:9||3/27|
|Hell fire||gehenna pyros||Matthew 5:22||3/29|
|Lowest hell||sheol tachti||Deuteronomy 32:22||3/27|
|Lowest parts of the earth||tachti erets||Psalms 139:15||6/7|
|Pit||bowr, shachath||Isaiah 38:18||3/26|
|Pit of corruption||missahat beli||Isaiah 38:17||3/26|
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].