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- n. A symbolic description of the world, meaning darkness and death are (symbolic) valleys on earth one must walk through, that is, part of the human experience
- n. A very dangerous place.
Biblical. "Shadow of death" from the Hebrew צלמות (tzal "shadow" + mavet "death") c.f. Old Testament, Psalm 23. (Wiktionary)
I repeated the words of the Twenty-third Psalm, and when I came to the line “yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil” I felt a shadow lift from me and my hope took wings.