The most vivid portraiture of Sheol is to be found in the exilian passage Isa.
5, 6); there is absolutely no knowledge and no work in Sheol (ix.
Descent into Sheol is intensely tragic. Whether these discourses were all uttered between the investment of Jerusalem and its fall, or were here inserted by Ezekiel or by a scribe, it is not possible to say.
3: though a man have the great good fortune to live long and to have many children, yet, if he have not proper burial the blank darkness of an untimely birth is better than he: this latter is merely the negation of existence; the former, it appears to be held, is positive misfortune, the loss of a desirable place in Sheol, though elsewhere (ix.
5) existence in Sheol is represented as the negation of real life.