Mark 9:44

King James Bible
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

New King James Version
where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’

New American Standard Bible

NASB 1995

NASB 1977

Amplified Bible

Holman Christian Standard Bible
where Their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. - - -

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Where their worm does not die and their fire is not quenched.”

Douay-Rheims Bible
Where there worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished.

International Standard Version
In that place, worms never die, and the fire is never put out.

Literal Standard Version
[[where their worm is not dying, and the fire is not being quenched.]]

New American Bible

Weymouth New Testament

World English Bible
'where their worm doesn't die, and the fire is not quenched.'

Young's Literal Translation
where their worm is not dying, and the fire is not being quenched.

Additional Translations ...
Temptations and Trespasses

Cross References
Mark 9:43
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two hands and go into hell, into the unquenchable fire.

Mark 9:45
If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.

Treasury of Scripture

Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.


Mark 9:46,48
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched…

Isaiah 66:24
And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

the fire.

Isaiah 33:14
The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

Matthew 3:12
Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Matthew 25:41,46
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: …

(44) Where their worm dieth not.--The words are taken almost literatim from the closing verse of Isaiah (Isaiah 66:24), where they appear as part of the description of the triumph of Jehovah. The true worshippers should serve in His Temple continually, and they should go forth and see the carcases of the transgressors, "for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh." The scenery is, like that of Isaiah 63:1-6, drawn from the slaughter of earthly battles, and the prophet exults in vision over the putrid carcases and the blazing fires that consume them, and thinks of that scene as perpetuated throughout eternity. The imagery was thus already familiar, and it coalesced naturally with the ideas of Gehenna. Possibly the valley of Hinnom, as the great cloaca of Jerusalem, receiving its solid as well as its fluid sewage, with putrid offal and blazing fires consuming them, had become in this way a visible type of the unseen Gehenna; but the authorities are hardly definite enough to warrant the positive statement that it presented such a scene. The interpretation of the symbols (for a literal acceptance of the words is obviously out of the question) is not far to seek. Well-nigh all Christian thinkers have seen in the gnawing worm, the anguish of an endless remorse, the memory of past sins. Fire retains its wonted force as the expression of the righteousness of God (Hebrews 12:29) manifesting itself to the consciousness of the sinner in all its awfulness, purifying where there is any desire, and therefore capacity, for purification, but never altering its essential character, even as the fire "never can be quenched." So much the words declare distinctly, as the law of righteous retribution. They do not absolutely exclude the thought that the fire may consume or destroy that which it cannot purify; still less do they affirm that it will.

Verse 44. - Where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched. These words are a quotation from Isaiah 66:24, and they are repeated three times in the Authorized Version. But the best ancient authorities omit them in the two first places, retaining them at ver. 48. The metaphor is very striking as well as awful. Ordinarily the worm feeds upon the disorganized body, and then dies. The fire consumes the fuel, and then itself expires. But here the worm never dies; the fire never goes out. The words of Cornelius a Lapide on the original passage in Isaiah are well worth recording here: "I beseech you, O reader, by the mercies of our God, by your own salvation, by that one little life entrusted to you and committed to your care, that you will ever keep before your eyes the living memory, as of eternity and of eternal torments, so also of the eternal joys on the other side offered to you by God, and concerning which you here cast the die, and that irrevocable. Let these two things never depart from your mind. In this world, 'Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity.' Oh, what a void there is in earthly things! Oh, how vain is all our life without Christ! In the world to come, truth of truths, and all is truth; stability of stabilities, and all is stability; eternity of eternities, and all is eternity. An eternity in heaven most happy, in hell most miserable, ' Where their worm dies not, and the. fire is not quenched.'" St. Bernard says "the worm that never dies is the memory of the past, which never ceases to gnaw the conscience of the impenitent."

Parallel Commentaries ...

ὅπου (hopou)
Strong's 3699: Where, whither, in what place.

αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same.

σκώληξ (skōlēx)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 4663: A gnawing worm; gnawing anguish.

{does} not
οὐ (ou)
Strong's 3756: No, not.

τελευτᾷ (teleuta)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 5053: To end, finish, die, complete.

καὶ (kai)
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article.

πῦρ (pyr)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4442: Fire; the heat of the sun, lightning; fig: strife, trials; the eternal fire.

is not quenched.
σβέννυται (sbennytai)
Verb - Present Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 4570: (a) to extinguish, quench, (b) to suppress, thwart.

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