They, and all that belonged to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
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George Leo Haydock
Hell. Hebrew adds, "they, and whatsoever belonged to them, descended into hell, or the pit. "Sale.
The souls of the impenitent into the former, the bodies of the cattle, into the bowels of the earth. (Haydock)
It is evident that those who are alive know and feel what is done to them, but the dead feel nothing. People would be dead in going down to hell if they did evil out of ignorance; but if they have knowledge of evil and yet commit it, they go down alive— wretched and conscious—to the hell of iniquity. ...