The word for horrible, means noise, uproar, tumult, as the waters of a stormy ocean, as people at war. It refers to noise as no rhyme or reason, an uproar that is impossible to sort out the various components of that roar.
The word for pit, refers to a prison, a dungeon, a grave. It typically refers to any calamity or trouble where a person my say that he has gotten himself into a fix, or trapped in a pit.
Miry clay is a reference to the bottom of the pit. It means no solid ground. You are standing in muck that has no stability, and virtually no substance.
And this is the description of the world, and especially the world without truth, without God, without Christ, and without Bible doctrine. There is no clarity, there is no stability, and there is certainly no certainty and no proper orientation to anything around you.
People cannot pick themselves up within the pit of the world, and they cannot climb out of the pit of the world.
The only way out is when Christ lifts you out of pit. And this is done by salvation, when you believe in Christ. That is the ladder so to speak. And then Bible doctrine when it is learned, is the climb up the ladder, and out of the pit.
When a person sticks with their spiritual life, then they are forever out of the pit. Even though we live in this world, the pit, then the world, has no claim over us. At least no claim that would stick.
When a person does not stick with their spiritual life, because for whatever reason, they simply don’t believe in it, or don’t believe they need it, but for whatever reason, no spiritual life means entrapment in the pit.
All unbelievers are permanently stuck in the pit and have no way out on their own.
The only way out of the pit is through Christ.
Christ is salvation, and Christ is Bible doctrine.
Faith results in salvation, and learning Bible doctrine results in spiritual growth.
In Christ, through doctrine is the rock, the solid surface, the secure foundation, which provides security and stability and certainty in life.
Study [by instruction],
to show thyself approved [spiritually mature]
a workman [student]
that need not be ashamed [ignorant],
rightly dividing [learning, understanding, discerning]
the word of truth [Bible doctrine].