Hell or H E double hockey sticks, the place where the devil lives. The red hot stinky place where the bad people go. Dante had different layers of it for different degrees of evil.
But I am not here to talk about evil, brimstone, or Billy Crystal as the Devil in a Woody Allen film.
I am here to talk about the word hell.
In English, it means the bad place.
In German, it means light, bright, clear or pale.
Hellblau is light blue. Ein heller Morgen… a bright morning…
Mir wird mein helles Haar zur Last –Rilke (my pale hair becomes a burden to me)
In English hell is the bad place and in German hell is light. Hölle is the German word for the bad place.
Who lives in hell? Satan, the devil, also known as Lucifer.
Isaiah 14:12 – “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” (and what is also associated with morning?!? – Lightness, brightness)
2 Corinthians 11:14 – “… for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
So we have
Hell = Light
Hölle = Hell
Draw your own conclusions