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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Pit
Pit. Word used frequently in the OT to denote the grave, the abode of the dead, or Sheol, that is, a shadowy existence which the living feared as cutting them off from light, joy, and vitality. Godly men abhorred it because it seemed to negate their fellowship with God: Hezekiah (Is 38:17, 18), Job (17:13–16;
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Pit
Pit [Heb. bôr, beʿēr, gûmmāṣ (Eccl. 10:8), paḥaṯ, šaḥaṯ, šûḥâ, šîḥâ (Ps. 57:6 [MT 7]), seḥûṯ, šeḥîṯ (Lam. 4:20), mahamōrôṯ (Ps. 140:10 [MT 11]), mikreh (Zeph. 2:9); Gk. bóthynos, phréar, ábyssos, hypolḗnion (RSV “pit for winepress,” AV “place for winevat,” NEB “winepress”)];
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Pit
PIT Word used frequently in the OT to denote the grave, the abode of the dead, or Sheol—that is, a shadowy existence that the living feared because it cut them off from light, joy, and vitality. Godly people abhorred it because it seemed to them that it would negate their fellowship with God: Hezekiah
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Pit
pit, a term that translates a variety of Hebrew and Greek words for natural, crafted, or symbolic depressions in the earth. Included are such natural formations as bitumen pits (Gen. 14:10) and miry bogs (Ps. 40:2) in addition to the lairs of animals (2 Sam. 23:20). Many pits, however, were dug intentionally
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Pit
PIT. Fifteen different words are translated “pit” in the Bible. Reference is often to cisterns (Gen 37:20; Ex 21:34; Zech 9:11). The Vale of Sidim was full of “slime pits,” lit., “bitumen wells” (Gen 14:10). Pits were dug, covered, and baited to trap animals (Ps 7:15; Prov 28:10; Ezk 19:4, 8). Pits might
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Pit
PIT. Basically a deep hole, either natural or artificial, in the ground.1. Heb. bôr, ‘a deep hole’, used to describe the place where Joseph was cast by his brethren (Gn. 37:20, 22, 24, etc.), a place to hide (1 Sa. 13:6), a place where lions lurked (2 Sa. 23:20; 1 Ch. 11:22), a place where prisoners
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Pit
Pit (Heb. bôr, bĕ3r, šaḥaṯ, paḥaṯ)In biblical sources, physical pits may be of natural formation (Ps. 40:2 [MT 3]) and bitumen pits (Gen. 14:10)], of unexplained origin (37:22), or manmade (Ps. 57:6 [7]). The latter were dug into the ground and sometimes modified with lining materials such as
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Pit
Pit (Heb. bôr, beēr, šaḥaṯ; paḥaṯ; Gk. phréar, bóthymos). Pits, whether natural (Gen. 14:10, “bitumen pits”; 37:22; Ps. 40:2 [MT 3]) or dug to collect rain water, to trap people or animals (cf. 35:7; 57:6 [MT 7]; Ezek. 19:4), or to hold prisoners (Isa. 24:22), constituted a danger addressed
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Pit
PIT. The rendering of several Heb. and two Gk. words, and used in the sense of a deep hole dug, in the first instance, for a well or cistern. When these were without water they were used as (1) a place of burial (Pss. 28:1; 30:3, 9; Isa. 38:18) and (2) a place of destruction (Zech. 9:11).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Pit
Pita hole in the ground (Ex. 21:33, 34), a cistern for water (Gen. 37:24; Jer. 14:3), a vault (41:9), a grave (Ps. 30:3). It is used as a figure for mischief (Ps. 9:15), and is the name given to the unseen place of woe (Rev. 20:1, 3). The slime-pits in the vale of Siddim were wells which yielded asphalt
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Pit
Pitpit, a term that translates a variety of Hebrew and Greek words for natural, crafted, or symbolic depressions in the earth. Included are bitumen pits (Gen. 14:10), traps used to kill deliberately (Gen. 37:22) or accidentally (Ps. 7:15), public hazards (Exod. 21:33), burials (2 Sam. 18:17), animal
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Pit
PIT — a deep hole in the ground, either natural (Gen. 14:10) or man-made (Gen. 37:20). This word translates 12 Hebrew words in the Old Testament and two Greek words in the New Testament. The Hebrew word used most often denotes a cistern in which rainwater was collected (Lev. 11:36).Another Hebrew word