Who Enlarges his Desire as Hell

Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:

(Habakkuk 2:5) KJV

The expansion of hell was such a well-known phenomenon to the ancient Hebrews that Habakkuk uses it as a metaphor for a man whose desire for drink and carousing is insatiable.

Here the reference isn’t directly to hell expanding. In this case hell expanding is being used as a metaphor for a man with an insatiable appetite for carousing and drunkenness. What we can take from this is that the idea that hell is expanding was so well-known to the ancient Hebrews that it could be used to picture other activities. The man’s desire is enlarging, as hell is, becoming fat, swollen, and gorging itself on everything that is available.

Scriptural References to Hell Expanding

Old Testament

SectionTitleScripture
1Consume the Earth with Her IncreaseDeuteronomy 32:22
2The Earth MeltedPsalms 46:6
3Hell and Destruction are Never FullProverbs 27:20
4Hell hath Enlarged HerselfIsaiah 5:14
5Hell From Beneath is Moved for TheeIsaiah 14:9
6Who Enlarges his Desire as HellHabakkuk 2:5
7It Devoured the Great DeepAmos 7:4
– Navigate your way around the Old Testament expansion of hell.

New Testament

SectionTitleScripture
1There is a Great Gulf FixedLuke 16:19-31
2Sets on Fire the Course of NatureJames 3:6
– Navigate your way around the New Testament expansion of hell.

Hell Begins

The first reference to hell in the Bible is also the passage that tells us that hell had a beginning. It tells us that the expansion of hell is melting the Earth from the inside out.


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