In Luke 8:31 the devils beg Jesus not to consign them to "the deep" so, instead, He allows them to enter the swine which, consequently, run down the hill and drown in a lake. Most people think that the lake close-by is "the deep" the devils don't want to go into. That does not appear to be the case, according to the Greek word here: Strongs: abussoV abussos ab'-us-sos from 1 (as a negative particle) and a variation of 1037; depthless, i.e. (specially) (infernal) "abyss":--deep, (bottomless) pit. This presents a problem in the case of Luke 8:31 because in verse Luke 8:33 the word for the nearby lake is: Strongs: limnh limne lim'-nay probably from 3040 (through the idea of nearness of shore); a pond (large or small):--lake. The "deep" in 8:31 and the nearby lake in 8:33 do not appear to be the same places. This is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word for the abyss, which is used in Genesis 1:2. People normally assume that "the deep" is the earth's ocean in that verse. But if it was a reference to the ocean or sea, then there is also a problem because the sea is nowhere near this place. So what exactly is this "abyss" in both Genesis 1:2 (In the Hebrew) and in Luke 8:31 (in Greek)? Look at this peculiar wording: Luke 8:31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go OUT INTO the deep. (emphesis mine) It does not appear to be a reference to Hell, either, because the direction to it is OUT not DOWN. Could "the deep" here in both verses be a reference to the 'deep' of outer space or the regions outside the material world? The Scriptures interpret themselves and, if they can not be broken, then there is a valuable interpretational nugget in Luke that provides a better understanding of the context 'deep' back in Genesis 1:2. Could the 'deep' spoken of in Genesis 1:2 be the entire physical realm of space and time under the third heaven? Is this question TOO DEEP for you (smile)?