Gloom of the underworld: אֹ֣פֶל – ophel

He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.

(Job 28:3) KJV

Darkness, gloom: אֹ֣פֶל – ophel

  • Root not used, Arab. to set, go down, as the sun.
  • adj., late, as to growth, Ex. 9:32.
  • adj. masc. dark, obscure, Am. 5:20.
  • fem. darkness, thick darkness.
  • masc. thick darkness; trop. misfortune.
  • masc. darkness, Jos. 24:7.
  • great darkness, comp. of the preceding and lt. darkness of the Lord, Je. 2:31

Davidson Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon page XL-XLI

[in the darkness] Darkness, gloom: אֹ֣פֶל – ophel

It’s surrounded by stones in thick darkness. What darkness? The gloom of the underworld, sheol, the underworld realm of the dead. The deep places of the Earth.

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