Job 33:24
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New International Version
and he is gracious to that person and says to God, 'Spare them from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for them--

New Living Translation
he will be gracious and say, 'Rescue him from the grave, for I have found a ransom for his life.'

English Standard Version
and he is merciful to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down into the pit; I have found a ransom;

New American Standard Bible
Then let him be gracious to him, and say, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom';

King James Bible
Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and to be gracious to him and say, "Spare him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom,"

International Standard Version
to show favor to him and to plead, 'Deliver him from having to go down to the Pit — I know where his ransom is!'

NET Bible
and if God is gracious to him and says, 'Spare him from going down to the place of corruption, I have found a ransom for him,'

New Heart English Bible
then he is gracious to him, and says, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
then he will have pity on them and say, 'Free them from going into the pit. I have found a ransom.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then He is gracious unto him, and saith: 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.'

New American Standard 1977
Then let him be gracious to him, and say,
            ‘Deliver him from going down to the pit,
            I have found a ransom’;

Jubilee Bible 2000
to tell him that God had mercy on him, that he delivered him from going down to the pit; that he found a ransom;

King James 2000 Bible
Then he is gracious unto him, and says, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

American King James Version
Then he is gracious to him, and said, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

American Standard Version
Then God is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall have mercy on him, and shall say : Deliver him, that he may not go down to corruption : I have found wherein I may be merciful to him.

Darby Bible Translation
Then he will be gracious unto him, and say, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

English Revised Version
Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then he is gracious to him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

World English Bible
then God is gracious to him, and says, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.'

Young's Literal Translation
Then He doth favour him and saith, 'Ransom him from going down to the pit, I have found an atonement.'
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job
23"If there is an angel as mediator for him, One out of a thousand, To remind a man what is right for him, 24Then let him be gracious to him, and say, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom'; 25Let his flesh become fresher than in youth, Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;…
Cross References
Job 33:18
He keeps back his soul from the pit, And his life from passing over into Sheol.

Job 33:25
Let his flesh become fresher than in youth, Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;

Job 33:28
'He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall see the light.'

Job 36:18
"Beware that wrath does not entice you to scoffing; And do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside.

Psalm 49:7
No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him--

Isaiah 38:17
"Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness; It is You who has kept my soul from the pit of nothingness, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.
Treasury of Scripture

Then he is gracious to him, and said, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

Then

Job 33:18 He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

Job 22:21 Acquaint now yourself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come to you.

Exodus 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will …

Exodus 34:6,7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The …

Psalm 86:5,15 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy …

Hosea 14:2,4 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say to him, Take away …

Micah 7:18-20 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

Romans 5:20,21 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where …

Deliver

Job 36:10,11 He opens also their ear to discipline, and commands that they return …

Psalm 22:4 Our fathers trusted in you: they trusted, and you did deliver them.

Psalm 30:9-12 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall …

Psalm 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, …

Psalm 71:3 Be you my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: …

Psalm 86:13 For great is your mercy toward me: and you have delivered my soul …

Isaiah 38:17-19 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but you have in love to …

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke …

Zechariah 9:11 As for you also, by the blood of your covenant I have sent forth …

I

Job 33:24 Then he is gracious to him, and said, Deliver him from going down …

Psalm 49:7,8 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God …

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, …

Romans 3:24-26 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is …

1 Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

1 Peter 1:18,19 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible …

a ransom. or, an atonement

(24) Then he is gracious unto him--i.e., God is gracious; He accepts the mediation of the mediating angel. These words of Elihu's must have fallen on Job's ear with a grateful and refreshing sound, confirming to him his longing for the daysman (Job 9:33).

And saith--i.e., to the destroying angels of Job 33:22. It is remarkable that it is God who finds the ransom, as it was by God's grace that the interpreting angel was forthcoming. It is not man's righteousness that has saved him, but the ransom that God has found, even though God, who judgeth the actions, may have justly recognised what of righteousness there was in man.

Verse 24. - Then he is gracious unto him; and saith. Some interpret, "Then he (i.e. God) is gracious unto him, and he (i.e. the angel) saith. Others make God the subject of both clauses. But the angel is the natural subject. Deliver him from going down to the pit. The mediating angel thus addresses God, and adds, I have found a ransom, leaving the nature of the ransom unexplained. Some notion of ransom, or atonemeat, underlay the whole idea of sacrifice, which appears to have been universally practised from the remotest times, by the Oriental nations. Then he is gracious to him,.... To the sick man; either the messenger or the minister that is with him, who pities his case and prays for him; and by some the following words are supposed to be a prayer of his, "deliver me", &c. since one find in the Gospel there is a ransom for such persons. Rather Christ, who is gracious to man, as appears by his assumption of their nature and becoming a ransom for them, and who upon the foot of redemption which he has "found" or obtained, see Hebrews 9:12; pleads for the present comfort and future happiness of his people, in such language as after expressed, "deliver him", &c. Or rather God the Father is gracious to the sick man for his Son's sake,

and saith, deliver him from going down to the pit; addressing either the disease, so Mr. Broughton renders the word, "spare him (O killing malady) from descending into the pit", the grave, for the present his disease threatened him with. Or the minister of the word attending the sick man, who is bid to declare to him, as Nathan to David, and Isaiah to Hezekiah, that he should live longer, and not die for the present: or rather the address is to law and justice, to let the redeemed of the Lord go free, and particularly the sick man being one of them; and not thrust him down into the bottomless pit of everlasting ruin and destruction, for the reason following:

I have found a ransom; which is no other than Christ the Son of God; whom Jehovah, in his infinite wisdom, found out and settled upon to be the ransomer of his people; to which he agreed, and in the fulness of time came to give his life a ransom for many, and for whom he has given himself as a ransom price, which has been testified in due time: and this ransom is for all the elect of God, and is of them from sin, Satan, law, hell, and death; and the finding of it is not of man, nor is the scheme of propitiation, peace and reconciliation by Christ, or of atonement and satisfaction (s) by the sacrifice of Christ, as the word here used signifies, an invention of men; but is the effect of infinite wisdom, and a scheme drawn in the eternal mind, and formed in Christ from everlasting; see 2 Corinthians 5:19. Some take these words to be spoken by the Father to the Son, upon his appointment and agreement to be the ransomer and Redeemer, saying, "go, redeem him", &c. for so the words (t) may be rendered; and others think they are the words of the Son the messenger to his Father, the advocate with him for his people, as before observed.

(s) "propitiationem", Beza, Pagninus, Montanus, Munster, Bolducius, Vatablus; "expiationem", Tigurine version; "lytrum", Cocceius; "satisfactionem", Schmidt. (t) "redime eum", Pagninus, Montanus &c. 24. Apodosis to Job 33:23.

he—God.

Deliver—literally, "redeem"; in it and "ransom" there is reference to the consideration, on account of which God pardons and relieves the sufferers; here it is primarily the intercession of Elihu. But the language is too strong for its full meaning to be exhausted by this. The Holy Ghost has suggested language which receives its full realization only in the "eternal redemption found" by God in the price paid by Jesus Christ for it; that is, His blood and meritorious intercession (Heb 9:12). "Obtained," literally, "found"; implying the earnest zeal, wisdom, and faithfulness of the finder, and the newness and joyousness of the finding. Jesus Christ could not but have found it, but still His seeking it was needed [Bengel], (Lu 15:8). God the Father, is the Finder (Ps 89:19). Jesus Christ the Redeemer, to whom He saith, Redeem (so Hebrew) him from going, etc. (2Co 5:19).

ransom—used in a general sense by Elihu, but meant by the Holy Ghost in its strict sense as applied to Jesus Christ, of a price paid for deliverance (Ex 21:30), an atonement (that is, means of selling at once, that is, reconciling "two" who are estranged), a covering, as of the ark with pitch, typical of what covers us sinners from wrath (Ge 6:14; Ps 32:1). The pit is primarily here the grave (Isa 38:17), but the spiritual pit is mainly shadowed forth (Zec 9:11).33:19-28 Job complained of his diseases, and judged by them that God was angry with him; his friends did so too: but Elihu shows that God often afflicts the body for good to the soul. This thought will be of great use for our getting good from sickness, in and by which God speaks to men. Pain is the fruit of sin; yet, by the grace of God, the pain of the body is often made a means of good to the soul. When afflictions have done their work, they shall be removed. A ransom or propitiation is found. Jesus Christ is the Messenger and the Ransom, so Elihu calls him, as Job had called him his Redeemer, for he is both the Purchaser and the Price, the Priest and the sacrifice. So high was the value of souls, that nothing less would redeem them; and so great the hurt done by sin, that nothing less would atone for it, than the blood of the Son of God, who gave his life a ransom for many. A blessed change follows. Recovery from sickness is a mercy indeed, when it proceeds from the remission of sin. All that truly repent of their sins, shall find mercy with God. The works of darkness are unfruitful works; all the gains of sin will come far short of the damage. We must, with a broken and contrite heart, confess our sins to God, 1Jo 1:9. We must confess the fact of sin; and not try to justify or excuse ourselves. We must confess the fault of sin; I have perverted that which was right. We must confess the folly of sin; So foolish have I been and ignorant. Is there not good reason why we should make such a confession?
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