Job 33:24

24 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—

Job 33:24 in Other Translations

24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
24 and he is merciful to him, and says, 'Deliver him from going down into the pit; I have found a ransom;
24 he will be gracious and say, ‘Rescue him from the grave, for I have found a ransom for his life.’
24 A messenger who would mercifully intervene, canceling the death sentence with the words: 'I've come up with the ransom!'
24 and to be gracious to him and say, "Spare him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom,"

Job 33:24 Meaning and Commentary

Job 33:24

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" 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" 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 F19 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" for so the words F20 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.


F19 (rpk) "propitiationem", Beza, Pagninus, Montanus, Munster, Bolducius, Vatablus; "expiationem", Tigurine version; "lytrum", Cocceius; "satisfactionem", Schmidt.
F20 (whedp) "redime eum", Pagninus, Montanus &c.

Job 33:24 In-Context

22 They draw near to the pit, and their life to the messengers of death.
23 Yet if there is an angel at their side, a messenger, one out of a thousand, sent to tell them how to be upright,
24 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—
25 let their flesh be renewed like a child’s; let them be restored as in the days of their youth’—
26 then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S ver 18; Isaiah 38:17
  • 2. S Job 6:22
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