Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
One of the possible meanings of the Greek word (κόλασις) translated here as “punishment” is also “correction”. So theoretically it could imply some kind of punishment or penalty aimed at the reformation of the unrighteous. But then again, it’s quite unlikely that the New Testament uses the term in that sense. Also, given the fact that the Greek word for “everlasting” might mean “age-enduring”, many Universalists claim that there will be some reformatory punishment but it won’t be eternal. As a side nore, an older definition of the word for “punishment” (κόλασις) refers to the cutting off of branches of fruit trees (pruning/lopping off) — so technically this verse could also mean that the righteous will go into eternal life while the rest will be “cut off” from life forever (a feasible interpretation for supporters of annihilationism).
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