Do you know of anyone that wants to go to hell? What would you think of such a person? So then, why did the God-fearing man Job want to go to hell?
Notice how one translation (there are others beside this one) translates Job 14:13 (Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition): “Who will grant me this, that thou mayest protect me in hell, and hide me till thy wrath pass, and appoint me a time when thou wilt remember me?”
In this Bible translation the Hebrew word “sheohl” is translated as “hell” in this verse while others translate it as grave or transliterate itas Sheol. The same translations that translate it as grave in Job 14:13 also translate it as hell in other verses.
So where did Job want to go? Job wanted to go to sheohl. What is sheohl? To get more information on this word, please go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheol
So what is sheohl? The best definition I have found is that sheohl is the common grave where everyone that dies goes, both good and bad. There is no pain or suffering there. (See Ecclesiastes 9:10)
So why did righteous Job want to go to sheohl (hell, grave)? The simple reason is that Job was in excruciating pain and he simply wanted to die and be buried in the grave. He
He is not the only one that wanted to die when he was suffering. Many that suffer want to die so that the pain will stop. Can we blame Job or those that are suffering if they can’t stand the pain and prefer death?
However if sheohl or hell was a place of suffering and torture, who want to go there? It would be like going out of the pan and into the fire. Not much relief if that happened.
If we did the proper research on the word sheohl we would find that this is a reasonable explanation as to why the good man Job wanted to go to hell, according to some translations. In fact many translators have misunderstood the true meaning of the word sheohl (hell).
My suggestion is do your own homework and decide for yourself as to the true meaning of the Hebrew word sheohl. Don’t be frightened, as the truth will set you free.