The concept that after death an individual can be subjected to ongoing retribution for evil acts committed during life. The notion of eternal punishment appears a few times in the OT. In (Isa 66:24) it is said of the wicked that “their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” In (Dan 12:2) it is said that some will rise from the dead to shame and everlasting contempt. In the NT, the idea is expressed more explicitly (Matt 25:46; 2Thess 1:9)
24And they shall go out and look at the dead bodies of the people who have rebelled against me; for their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, ... View more
2Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
9These will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, separated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,