Normally used as a synonym for heaven, inferring a place of beauty, a place where the souls/spirits of deceased believers temporarily go awaiting the resurrection, and ultimately the new heaven (Lk 23:43; 2 Cor 12:3,4; Rev 2:7). The corresponding place for the unbelievers is sheol, prior to their eternal damnation.

See also: death, heaven, new heaven, sheol.