The Hebrew Triplet

To the end that none of all the trees by the waters exalt themselves for their height, neither shoot up their top among the thick boughs, neither their trees stand up in their height, all that drink water: for they are all delivered unto death, to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with them that go down to the pit.

(Ezekiel 31:14) KJV

If you know anything about Old Testament Hebrew you’ll be familiar a form of writing known as the couplet. Is there a triplet? Ezekiel uses triplets to educate us about a descent into the interior of the Earth.

Bear in mind that the lower parts of the earth and the nether parts of the earth are two ways to translate the same Hebrew words, they’re synonymous. Here’s the triplet from the passage above that describes a descent into the lower parts of the Earth:

  1. for they are all delivered unto death,
  2. to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men,
  3. with them that go down to the pit.

First they die, they descend into the lower parts of the earth, then go to the pit. Ezekiel has at least three examples of this progression, or something like it.

I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.

(Ezekiel 31:16) KJV

The arrangement is slightly different here, but it has the same three parts:

  1. I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell
  2. with them that descend into the pit:
  3. and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.

In this example those that descend into the pit are not comforted in the nether parts of the earth, that’s the reason why the sequence is different. Therefore the nether parts of the earth and the pit are different things.

There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit.

(Ezekiel 32:24) KJV

Here it is again with the progression of going from death to the nether parts of the earth, and then to the pit.

  1. There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword,
  2. which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living;
  3. yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit.

Is this teaching us that death is where we pass into the underworld realm of the dead, and then those that knew the Lord during life are comforted in the nether parts of the earth while those who did not descend into the pit? If this is the case, then this is fully compatible with the model of the internal structure of the earth which we have developed.

We may be able to confirm this by looking at some nuance:

When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living;

(Ezekiel 26:20) KJV

The low parts of the earth are translated from the same Hebrew word as other examples of it use in the phrase the lower parts of the earth, but grammatically it is rendered as lowest. There is some overlap in application and usage, but if we use our model to help refine the meaning then we can summarize:

  • The mantle includes the lower parts of the earth.
  • The core is the lowest part in the earth.

Here is how our model incorporates these features:

Cut away of planet Earth

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