the grave

Genesis 37:35

37:35 the grave. The word translated “grave” is actually the Hebrew sheol, the great pit in the center of the earth where the spirits of the dead are confined after death, awaiting future resurrection and judgment. This is its first occurrence, and it is significant that righteous Jacob would go there, along with other spirits of the righteous dead, until Christ would take them with Him to paradise after His resurrection. See notes on Luke 16:22-23. The spirits of the lost will remain there until the time of final judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).

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