Sides: בְּיַרְכְּתֵי – beyerekah

Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea; he shall become a haven for ships, and his border shall be at Sidon.

(Genesis 49:13) ESV

The word translated “and his border,” in a verse about geography is also translated as “the sides of the pit,” in references to parts of sheol, the underworld realm of the dead. It’s the extreme edge or periphery of a region.

If the pit refers to everything below the mantle, which means the chasm and the molten core of the Earth, then “the sides of the pit” refers to the lower mantle, the location of a place which we euphemistically refer to as Abraham’s bosom.

Asshur is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword: Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave: all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living.

(Ezekiel 32:22-23) KJV

Sides: בְּיַרְכְּתֵי – beyerekah

  • flank, side, extreme parts, recesses fem. dec. 5b.
    1. thigh; the corners out of the thigh, i.e. the descendants of; hip upon thigh, i.e. wholly; to smite upon the thigh, in token of distress.
    2. of inanimate things, the shank of the candlestick in the tabernacle; side of a tent.
  • Du. both thighs.
    • fem., with suff. dec. 11c, a side, as of a country, Ge. 49:13.
      1. hinder part, hinder side, of a building.
      2. hindmost, innermost parts, recesses.
      3. remotest parts, as of the earth, the north.

Davidson Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon page CCXLVIII

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