O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from death? O Death, where are your thorns? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion will be hidden from My sight.
For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever—
What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.
Then I said to myself, “ As is the fate of the fool, it will also befall me. Why then have I been extremely wise?” So I said to myself, “This too is vanity.”
For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity.
No man has authority to restrain the wind with the wind, or authority over the day of death; and there is no discharge in the time of war, and evil will not deliver those who practice it.
For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.
In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.
Because You will not abandon my soul to Hades, Nor allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.
“ His skin is devoured by disease, The firstborn of death devours his limbs.
They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months.