valley of the shadow of death

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From Psalm 23 of the Book of Psalms. "Shadow of death" is a calque of Hebrew צלמות‎.

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valley of the shadow of death

  1. The world, a place where darkness and death are figurative valleys one must walk through as part of the human experience.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, Psalms 23:4:
      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.
    • 1995, “Gangsta's Paradise”, performed by Coolio:
      As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death / I take a look at my life and realize there's nothin' left
  2. A very dangerous place.

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