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I will ransom them from the power of Sheol.
I will redeem them from death!
Death, where are your plagues?
Sheol, where is your destruction?
Compassion will be hidden from my eyes. Bible other translations

“I will ransom them from the power of Sheol.” The scholars are divided as to whether this is a statement, as in the REV and as is implied by Paul in 1 Cor. 15:54-55, or a question, “Will I ransom them from the power of the grave?” Although it is inserted abruptly into the text, that it is a statement of Hope seems to be preferred, although many scholars disagree (cp. Keil and Delitzsch, Commentary on the Old Testament).

“I will redeem them from death.” Contrary to popular Christian opinion, people do not die and go to heaven or “hell.” People die and are in the ground awaiting the resurrection and Day of Judgment, and those events are still future. The Old Testament has a number of verses about God raising the dead (cp. Deut. 32:39; Job. 19:25-27; Ps. 71:20; Isa. 26:19; 66:14; Ezek. 37:12-14; Dan. 12:2, 13; and Hos. 13:14). The New Testament does also (cp. Matt. 12:42; Luke 11:31; 14:14; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; 1 Cor. 15:20-22, 42-49, 52; 1 Thess. 4:17; Rev. 20:4-13). [For more on people dying and being dead in the ground, see Appendix 4, “The Dead are Dead”].


Commentary for: Hosea 13:14