A symbol for what is evil: it encompasses the underworld (Ps. 143:3), but is not impenetrable by God (Ps. 139:12). it is the sphere of punishment [[➝ punishment, everlasting]] (Ps. 35:6) and will therefore be part of the experience of the day of the Lord which the prophets predicted (e.g. Amos 5:18), thereby overturning popular expectation. In the Manual of Discipline of the Dead Sea scrolls there is an exposition of two spirits contending for victory who are called the Angel [[➝ angels]] of Light and the Angel of Darkness; and a similar contrast is a theme of the gospel of John (John 3:19).

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