Deep (the representative in the A. V. of several Heb. words, especially תּהוֹם, tehom', Ge 1:2, etc. an abyss, often rendered "depth;" ἄβυσσος, Lu 8:31; Ro 10:7, elsewhere "bottomless pit'). The deep, or the great deep, in its literal sense, signifies, chiefly in Scripture —
1. Hell, the place of punishment, the bottomless pit (Lu 8:31; Re 9:1; Re 11:7).
2. The common receptacle of the dead; the grave, the deep or depths of the earth, under which the body is deposited: the state of the soul corresponding thereto, still more unseen, still deeper, still further distant from human inspection, is that remote country, that "bourne from whence no traveler returns" (Ro 10:7).
3. The deepest parts of the sea.(Ps 49:15; Ps 107:26).
4. The chaos, which, in the beginning of the world, was unformed and vacant (Ge 1:2). SEE ABYSS.