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Occurrences of the words "Sheol" and "Hades" in the Bible

Note: This page is an appendix of the main article: Resurrection or life immediately after death?

I) THE WORD "SHEOL"

Genesis 37:35
And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted ; and he said , For I will go down into the Sheol unto my son mourning . Thus his father wept for him.

Genesis 42:38
And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead , and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go , then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the Sheol .

Genesis 44:29
And if ye take this also from me , and mischief befall him , ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the Sheol.

Genesis 44:31
It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die : and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the Sheol.

Numbers 16:30
But if the LORD make a new thing , and the earth open her mouth , and swallow them up , with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the Sheol ; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD .

Numbers 16:33
They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the Sheol , and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation .

Deuteronomy 32:22
For a fire is kindled in mine anger , and shall burn unto the lowest Sheol , and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains .

1 Samuel 2:6
The LORD killeth , and maketh alive : he bringeth down to the Sheol , and bringeth up .

2 Samuel 22:6
The sorrows of Sheol compassed me about ; the snares of death prevented me;

1 Kings 2:6
Do therefore according to thy wisdom , and let not his hoar head go down to the Sheol in peace .

1 Kings 2:9
Now therefore hold him not guiltless : for thou art a wise man , and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the Sheol with blood .

Job 7:9
As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away : so he that goeth down to the Sheol shall come up no more.

Job 11:8
It is as high as heaven ; what canst thou do ? deeper than Sheol ; what canst thou know ?

Job 14:3
O that thou wouldest hide me in the Sheol , that thou wouldest keep me secret , until thy wrath be past , that thou wouldest appoint me a set time , and remember me!

Job 17:13
If I wait , the Sheol is mine house : I have made my bed in the darkness .

Job 17:16
They shall go down to the bars of the Sheol , when our rest together is in the dust .

Job 21:13
They spend their days in wealth , and in a moment go down to the Sheol .

Job 24:19
Drought and heat consume the snow waters : so doth the Sheol those which have sinned.

Job 26:6
Sheol is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering .

Psalms 6:5
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the Sheol who shall give thee thanks ?

Psalms 9:17
The wicked shall be turned into Sheol , and all the nations that forget God .

Psalms 16:10
For thou wilt not leave my soul in Sheol ; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption .

Psalms 18:5
The sorrows of Sheol compassed me about : the snares of death prevented me.

Psalms 30:3
O LORD , thou hast brought up my soul from the Sheol : thou hast kept me alive , that I should not go down to the pit .

Psalms 31:17
Let me not be ashamed , O LORD ; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed , and let them be silent in the Sheol .

Psalms 49:14
Like sheep they are laid in the Sheol ; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning ; and their beauty shall consume in the Sheolfrom their dwelling .

Psalms 49:15
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the Sheol : for he shall receive me. Selah .

Psalms 55:15
Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into Sheol : for wickedness is in their dwellings , and among them.

Psalms 86:13
For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol .

Psalms 88:3
For my soul is full of troubles : and my life draweth nigh unto the Sheol .

Psalms 89:48
What man is he that liveth , and shall not see death ? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the Sheol ? Selah .

Psalms 116:3
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of Sheol gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow .

Psalms 139:8
If I ascend up into heaven , thou art there: if I make my bed in Sheol , behold, thou art there.

Psalms 141:7
Our bones are scattered at the Sheol's mouth , as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth .

Proverbs 1:12
Let us swallow them up alive as the Sheol ; and whole , as those who go down into the pit :

Proverbs 5:5
Her feet go down to death ; her steps take hold on Sheol .

Proverbs 7:27
Her house is the way to Sheol , going down to the chambers of death .

Proverbs 9:18
But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of Sheol .

Proverbs 15:11
Sheol and destruction are before the LORD : how much more then the hearts of the children of men ?

Proverbs 15:24
The way of life is above to the wise , that he may depart from Sheol beneath .

Proverbs 23:4
Thou shalt beat him with the rod , and shalt deliver his soul from Sheol .

Proverbs 27:20
Sheol and destruction are never full ; so the eyes of man are never satisfied .

Proverbs 30:16
The Sheol ; and the barren womb ; the earth that is not filled with water ; and the fire that saith not, It is enough .

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do , do it with thy might ; for there is no work , nor device , nor knowledge, nor wisdom , in the Sheol , whither thou goest .

Song of Solomon 8:6
Set me as a seal upon thine heart , as a seal upon thine arm : for love is strong as death ; jealousy is cruel as the Sheol : the coals thereof are coals of fire , which hath a most vehement flame .

Isaiah 5:14
Therefore Sheol hath enlarged herself , and opened her mouth without measure : and their glory , and their multitude, and their pomp , and he that rejoiceth , shall descend into it.

Isaiah 14:9
Sheol from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming : it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth ; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations .

Isaiah 14:11
Thy pomp is brought down to the Sheol , and the noise of thy viols : the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

Isaiah 14:15
Yet thou shalt be brought down to Sheol, to the sides of the pit .

Isaiah 28:15
Because ye have said , We have made a covenant with death , and with Sheol are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge , and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

Isaiah 28:18
And your covenant with death shall be disannulled , and your agreement with Sheol shall not stand ; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through , then ye shall be trodden down by it.

Isaiah 38:10
I said in the cutting off of my days , I shall go to the gates of the Sheol : I am deprived of the residue of my years .

Isaiah 38:18
For the Sheol cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth .

Isaiah 57:9
And thou wentest to the king with ointment , and didst increase thy perfumes , and didst send thy messengers far off , and didst debase thyself even unto Sheol .

Ezekiel 31:15
Thus saith the Lord GOD ; In the day when he went down to the Sheol I caused a mourning : I covered the deep for him, and I restrained the floods thereof, and the great waters were stayed : and I caused Lebanon to mourn for him, and all the trees of the field fainted for him.

Ezekiel 31:16
I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall , when I cast him down to Sheol 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 31:17
They also went down into Sheol with him unto them that be slain with the sword ; and they that were his arm , that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen .

Ezekiel 32:21
The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of Sheol with them that help him: they are gone down , they lie uncircumcised , slain by the sword .

Ezekiel 32:27
And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised , which are gone down to Sheol with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones , though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.

Hosea 13:14
I will ransom them from the power of the Sheol ; I will redeem them from death : O death, I will be thy plagues ; O Sheol , I will be thy destruction : repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

Amos 9:2
Though they dig into Sheol , thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven , thence will I bring them down :

Jonah 2:2
And said , I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD , and he heard me; out of the belly of Sheol cried I, and thou heardest my voice .

Habakkuk 2:5
Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine , he is a proud man , neither keepeth at home , who enlargeth his desire as Sheol , and is as death , and cannot be satisfied , but gathereth unto him all nations , and heapeth unto him all people:

II) THE WORD "HADES"

Matthew 11:23
And thou , Capernaum , which art exalted unto heaven , shalt be brought down to Hades : for if the mighty works , which have been done in thee , had been done in Sodom , it would have remained until this day .

Matthew 16:18
And I say also unto thee , That thou art Peter , and upon this rock I will build my church ; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it .

Luke 10:15
And thou , Capernaum , which art exalted to heaven , shalt be thrust down to Hades .

Luke 16:23
And in Hades he lift up his eyes , being in torments , and seeth Abraham afar off , and Lazarus in his bosom .

Acts 2:27
Because thou wilt not leave my soul in Hades, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption .

Acts 2:31
He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ , that his soul was not left in Hades , neither his flesh did see corruption .

1 Corinthians 15:55
O death , where is thy sting ? O Hades , where is thy victory ?

Revelation 1:18
I am he that liveth , and was dead ; and , behold , I am alive for evermore , Amen ; and have the keys of Hades and of death .

Revelation 6:8
And I looked , and behold a pale horse : and his name that sat on him was Death , and Hades followed with him . And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth , to kill with sword , and with hunger , and with death , and with the beasts of the earth .

Revelation 20:13
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it ; and death and Hades delivered up the dead which were in them : and they were judged every man according to their works .

Revelation 20:14
And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire . This is the second death .