Matthew 7:13

New Testament

11 If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets. 13Enter through the narrow gate because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it! 15 “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves.

2 Baruch 85:13

Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch

11 And again prepare your souls, so that when ye sail and ascend from the ship ye may have rest and not be condemned when ye depart. 12 For lo! when the Most High will bring to pass all these things, There shall not there be again [a place of repentance, nor] a limit to the times, Nor a duration for the hours, Nor a change of ways, Nor place for prayer, Nor sending of petitions, Nor receiving of knowledge, Nor giving of love, Nor place of repentance for the soul, Nor supplication for offences, Nor intercession of the fathers, Nor prayer of the prophets, Nor help of the righteous. 13 There there is the sentence of corruption, The way of fire, And the path which bringeth to Gehenna. 14 On this account there is one law by one, One age and an end for all who are in it. 15 Then He will preserve those whom He can forgive, And at the same time destroy those who are polluted with sins.]

 Notes and References

"... The expression 'fire of hell' (literally, 'Gehenna of fire') comes from the Hebrew ge-hinnom ('Valley of Hinnom,' a ravine south of Jerusalem once associated with the pagan god Moloch and his disgusting rites [2 Kings 23:10; 2 Chronicles 28:3; 33:6; Jeremiah 7:31; Ezekiel 16:20; 23:37], prohibited by God [Leviticus 18:21; 20:2-5]). When Josiah abolished the practices, he defiled the valley by making it a dumping ground for filth and the corpses of criminals (2 Kings 23:10) ... The valley came to symbolize the place of eschatological punishment (compare with 1 Enoch 54:12; 2 Baruch 85:13; compare with Matt 10:28; 23:15, 33; and 18:9 for the longer expression 'Gehenna of fire'). Gehenna and Hades (11:23; 16:18) are often thought to refer, respectively, to eternal hell and the abode of the dead in the intermediate state. But the distinction can be maintained in few passages. More commonly, the two terms are synonymous and mean 'hell' ..."

Gaebelein, Frank Ely The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 8: Matthew, Mark, Luke (p. 149) Pickering & Inglis, 1984

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