valley of the shadow of death

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Etymology[edit]

From Psalm 23 of the Book of Psalms. "Shadow of death" is from the Hebrew צלמות‎ (tzal "shadow" + mavet "death").

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valley of the shadow of death

  1. (idiomatic) A symbolic description of the world, meaning darkness and death are (symbolic) valleys on earth one must walk through as part of the human experience.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. - Psalm 23:4.
  2. (idiomatic) A very dangerous place.

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