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Valley of the Shadow of Death

through which Christian had to pass in order to get to the Celestial City. The prophet Jeremiah describes it as a “wilderness, a land of deserts and of pits, a land of drought and of the shadow of death” (ii. 6); and the Psalmist says, “Though I walk through the valley of `he shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me” (xxiii. 4).

“The light there is darkness, and the way full of traps and gins to catch the unwary.” —Bunyan: Pilgrim's Progress, pt. i.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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