The Odds of Dying


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Psalms89:48 (NASB)
“What man can live and not see death?
Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol?
Selah.”

The psalmist, in the first question, rhetorically ponders the sobering notion of what we will all face one day… our passing. The second question is a reminder of how impotent we are when faced with “the power of Sheol.” In scripture, “Sheol” is a Hebrew term which can be understood as a general reference for where all the dead go, whether righteous or not. It can also be used as a specific reference for where only the unrighteous go when they die, a place of stillness and darkness cut off from life and from the Hebrew God. Either way, the point of the second rhetorical question is clear… man cannot escape the reality of death… Selah

(“Selah” is a Hebrew term found in scripture. It is most widely…

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