Now to establish “irrefutable context” with regards to the meaning of “SHADOW of DEATH” in Psalm 107:14 and Psalm 107:10, we just need to see whether in each occurrence (where there are exactly 7 EXACT occurrence of this word which are equal in ‘all sense’ in the Bible) —-> the meaning refers to the DARKNESS of HELL or not?
(i) Psalm 44:19
A Dwelling of Dragons
Now we claim that the exact Same Word in All Sense meaning “SHADOW of DEATH” in Psalm 107:10 and Psalm 107:14 is Definitely Referring to “HELL” as this has only 7 Occurences in the Bible & each refer to the ‘afterlife punishment regions’ as listed below and especially this Mysterious Verse below speaking of that region being the Dwelling of “Dragons”, pretty obvious right?
“Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the SHADOW of DEATH.” (Psalm 44:19, KJV)
These ones are punished in the afterlife as evidenced by the phrase “sore broken us” in the “place of Dragons” (HELL) where they are Covered (Without Hope) in the “SHADOW of DEATH” (in the DARKNESS of HELL).
Please note that the translation of “jackals” instead of “dragons” is NOT literal and scholars arrive at this by ‘adding their own interpretation only’ – can you see it? As even the YLT literal translation testifies to this and agrees to the KJV perfectly in this:
“But Thou hast smitten us in a place of DRAGONS, And dost cover us over with death-shade.” (Psalm 44:19, YLT)
Scholars change the meaning from “dragons” to “jackals” though that is NOT the “actual” word found in this verse simply because they do not understand the meaning of this verse referring to HELL in the afterlife punishment regions & thus look at it metaphorically instead missing this meaning entirely which is what is ACTUALLY WRITTEN.
Do we rather prefer to miss it too?
Here are the other 6 occurrences:
(ii) Job 3:5
Job Curses the day of his birth with it (Job 3:3)
“Let darkness and the SHADOW of DEATH stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.” (Job 3:5, KJV)
Job wants the day of his birth (which is life) to be DEATH as he is Sad (Job 3:4 – 5), and thus refers to the phrase “SHADOW of DEATH” in the Context of ‘Death’ or ‘afterlife in sadness or HELL influence on it’ in Job 3:5.
(iii) Job 10:21
Job clearly sets the context of afterlife when referring to go to the region of the SHADOW of DEATH from which he will not return in Job 10:21. It’s obvious from the surrounding verses too such as Job 10:19 – 20 which points to his few days on earth from womb to the grave.
“Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the SHADOW of DEATH;
A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.” (Job 10:21 – 22, KJV)
(iv) Job 28:3
Again we find Job referring to the usage of SHADOW of DEATH to mean the gloomy regions of the afterlife here as man tries to search even this out in an attempt to know or understand it (implied):
“He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the SHADOW of DEATH.” (Job 28:3, KJV)
(v) Jeremiah 2:6
“Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the SHADOW of DEATH, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?” (Jeremiah 2:6, KJV)
Apart from forgetting the LORD in regards to His Deliverance from earth itself (e. g. through Egypt and the Wilderness), they also forgot that He kept them safe even “of the SHADOW of DEATH” too (which is from dying & going to a place of afterlife punishments regions of Sheol).
(vi) Psalm 107:10
“Such as sit in darkness and in the SHADOW of DEATH, being bound in affliction and iron;” (Psalm 107:10, KJV)
These ones are punished in the afterlife gloomy regions of Sheol (the SHADOW of DEATH) for “rebelling” against the “Word of God” & viewing “His Counsel” with “contempt” (Psalm 107:11).
(vii) Psalm 107:14
“He brought THEM OUT of darkness and the SHADOW of DEATH, and brake their bands in sunder.” (Psalm 107:14, KJV)
God in Christ SAVES them that were Bound to these afterlife punishment regions of Sheol (SHADOW of DEATH) as it is mentioned in verse above so clearly after they cried out to Him first as it is mentioned in Psalm 107:13.
This Post-Judgment afterlife SALVATION is ONLY available through Lord Jesus Christ through His Mercy which Triumphs over (and ENDS, James 2:13) —-> even these afterlife Judgments in HELL (signified by the Phrase “SHADOW of DEATH” in both Psalm 107:10 and Psalm 107:14 too) as these verses clearly describe as it is WRITTEN PROPHETICALLY Regarding Christ’s Saving Act from HELL itself as discussed further in post in link below too:
This post shows that the EXACT phrase “SHADOW of DEATH” in ‘all sense’ as it occurs in each verse above in the Bible all point to an ‘afterlife context’ only making the claim irrefutable with Holy Scripture.
Peace to you and let us realize wisely this Great Forgotten HOPE of the GOSPEL (Acts 24:15).
P/S: Here’s a closely related post for further edification:
What happens at Death?
How is this possible?
How could the existing Bible scholars mostly miss it?
“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” (Matthew 11:25, KJV)
‘In case you still have doubts, please consult a little child by asking if God (Christ) can defeat the Dragons and Save from HELL or not? An innocent child usually knows the answer to this better than your best theologians’ – Anonymous
‘God is the Genius’ – Unknown
Yes, in Luke, this FACT of Understanding Him to be All Powerful (implied) like a little child who would think of Him as such (Luke 10:21) is mentioned to be the ‘meaning of He is ONLY known to whom HE makes known like this’ (in Luke 10:22) as the context of consecutive verses clearly imply as it is Written too:
“At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
“All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Luke 10:21 – 22, NASB)
Are we like little children who know or like the wise who don’t know?