"They are devils of the Pit"
by cm
Satan in the Pit
Public DomainSatan in the Pit - Credit: Gustave Doré

This language evokes the Bible's Book of Revelation, as well as Milton's Paradise Lost and Dante's Inferno.


And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

- Revelation 20:1-3


Back to th' infernal pit I drag thee chaind,
And Seale thee so, as henceforth not to scorne
The facil gates of hell too slightly barrd

- Lines 965-7, Book 4, Paradise Lost


Dante paints the ninth and last circle of Hell as a pit in which Satan is imprisoned, along with four rounds of traitors embedded in a lake of ice.