Yishayahu 66:24

Question

Unlike christianity, there is no concept of eternal hell in Judaism. However, Yeshayahu 66:24 seems to imply that there is eternal hell punishment for the evil. What is the proper interpretation of this verse?

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Answers

  1. The commentaries are split as to how understand the verse. Some of them interpret the verse as referring to corpses of the armies of Gog and Magog. According to their in interpretation the corpses would remain unburied for seven months. Other commentaries explain that the verse is referring to the punishment in the World to Come. Whilst it is true that “eternal damnation” is not really a Jewish concept our Sages teach that there are certain sinners who are doomed to be punished in Gehinom for ever.

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