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This word has several meanings in the Bible.
pit, a hole in the ground (Ex. 21:33-34)
pit, a cistern for water (Gen. 37:24; Jer. 14:3)
These were also sometimes used for other purposes.
Now as for the cistern where Ishmael had cast all the corpses of the men whom he had struck down because of Gedaliah, it was the one that King Asa had made on account of Baasha, king of Israel; Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with the slain. —Jeremiah 41:9 NASB
pit, a grave
O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. —Psalms 30:3 KJV
It is used as a figure of speech for troublemaking.
The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made… —Psalms 9:15a NASB
tar pits / KJV: slime pits
Now the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell into them… —Gen. 14:10a NASB
- the bottomless pit, the abyss where Satan and his demons will be bound (Revelation 9:1-12)
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. —Rev. 20:1-3 KJV
Also see: deep, hell