When we examine the Bible verses about hell within the Scriptures, it is difficult to deny its reality for those who willfully reject the salvation that is found in Christ.
It is Jesus himself who often warned people about the torments there and stressed its finality. Though heaven is a wonderful place of God’s blessing, hell is an awful place of suffering and not somewhere anyone would really want to go.
We have searched the biblical text to find the 20 most descriptive bible verses about hell that are appropriate for use in a Bible study, personal reflection, or a sermon about hell.
20 Scriptures on Hell
“And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
[English Standard Version, Revelation 14:11
“Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
“They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,”
[2 Thessalonians 1:9
“And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”
“Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.””
“Wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.”
“And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
“His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
“You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?”
“while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
“And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.”
“Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'”
“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
“And will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
“where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”
“Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.”
“And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, You fool! will be liable to the hell of fire.”
What Does the Bible teach us about Hell?
I have often found myself in discussions with people who wish to deny the biblical concept of hell despite all the Bible verses on hell. They either insist it does not exist or that the punishment is not eternal.
Yet, whenever I look at Revelation 14:11, I am reminded that not only is hell real, but that the people who go there suffer in some way forever, for it says they have no rest day or night.
In the Bible, there is a lot of scriptures about the lake of fire or the outer darkness in reference to the eternal locale of the damned. It says there will be weeping and torment there with eternal destruction and contempt. It is called the second death and will be the place of all those who reject Christ and instead continue in sin. Most importantly, the Bible tells us that it was created for the devil and his angels, not for man.
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