pit

pit

A natural, crafted, or symbolic depression in the earth. The Bible refers to bitumen pits (Gen 14:10), traps used to kill deliberately (Gen 37:22) or accidentally (Ps 7:15), public hazards (Exod 21:33), burials (2Sam 18:17), animal traps (or perhaps lairs, 2Sam 23:20), landmarks (2Kgs 10:14), the abode of the dead (Job 33:18), foundation trenches for construction (Mark 12:1), a bottomless source of scourges and plagues (Rev 9:1; Rev 9:2; Rev 11:7), and the destination of the devil (Rev 20:2).

Gen 14:10

10Now the Valley of Siddim was full of bitumen pits; and as the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into them, and the rest fled to the hill country.

Gen 37:22

22Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hand and re ... View more

Ps 7:15

15They make a pit, digging it out,
and fall into the hole that they have made.

Exod 21:33

33If someone leaves a pit open, or digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls into it,

2Sam 18:17

17They took Absalom, threw him into a great pit in the forest, and raised over him a very great heap of stones. Meanwhile all the Israelites fled to their homes ... View more

2Sam 23:20

20Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant warrior from Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds; he struck down two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a li ... View more

2Kgs 10:14

14He said, “Take them alive.” They took them alive, and slaughtered them at the pit of Beth-eked, forty-two in all; he spared none of them.

Job 33:18

18to spare their souls from the Pit,
their lives from traversing the River.

Mark 12:1

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
1Then he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, a ... View more

Rev 9:1

1And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit;

Rev 9:2

2he opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smok ... View more

Rev 11:7

7When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,

Rev 20:2

2He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,

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