March 17

The Foundations of the World

Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.

(Psalms 18:7) ESV

Our model of the interior of the Earth groups the various ways which the Hebrew words erets (earth), tebel (world) and sheol (hell) are modified in alignment with the regions of the Earth deduced from seismology.

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My Soul Fainted

When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

(Jonah 2:7) KJV

Jonah’s soul faints from the shock of realizing that his life is over and he must spend forever in the belly of hell at the bottoms of the mountains, a chamber in the lower mantle overlooking the molten core of Earth.

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The Bottoms of the Mountains

I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

(Jonah 2:6) KJV

Jonah wakes up in the underworld realm of the dead, sheol. From his vantage point he can see across a chasm of open space between the lower mantle, stretching out above him, and the surface of hell down below.

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