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Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.
~ Revelation 20:1-3 (about the Bottomless Pit/Hell).
To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
~ Psalm 28:1.

The Bottomless Pit is a common device found in fiction and folklore - an imaginary chasm that goes on (seemingly) forever: it can also be used in a loose term for any extremely deep chasm whether man-made or natural.

A great many villains in fiction and folklore utilize Bottomless Pits as Death-Traps and many villains also fall into seemingly Bottomless Pits when they are defeated (this is a staple of most classic Disney villains).

It is also a common theme in scripture for the supreme spirit of evil, Satan, to be cast into a bottomless pit when he attempts a large-scale incursion into the mortal world, apparently the only way to contain the spirit (short of God's omnipotence).

The Bottomless Pit in this sense is a unique prison set forth purely to contain the power of Satan and is separated even from Hell, often an angel is tasked with both imprisoning Satan and with freeing him after a set period of time - after three such events God intervenes personally, destroying Satan completely via the Lake of Fire.

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  • The Bottomless Pit is another name for Hell in a religious sense (though this is not entirely accurate, it likely gained this name due to the common theme of Satan being imprisoned temporarily within a bottomless pit whenever he made large-scale intrusions upon the mortal world)

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