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Holman Bible Dictionary
Sometimes “pit” refers to a ditch or a marsh (Jeremiah 14:3; Isaiah 30:14 ). Many times the word was used as a synonym for a place of destruction (Psalm 55:23 ), corruption (Psalm 16:10; Psalm 49:9; Isaiah 38:17 ), or death (Isaiah 14:15; Jonah 2:6 ). Three times KJV translated the word Sheol as “pit” ( Numbers 16:30 ,Numbers 16:30,16:33; Job 17:16 ). One Greek word is translated “bottomless pit” in Revelation 9:1-2 (cf. Psalm 88:6 ). See Hell; Everlasting Punishment; Sheol .
Ralph L. Smith
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Pit'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/p/pit.html. 1991.