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Bible Commentaries
Job 33

Gann's Commentary on the BibleGann on the Bible

Verse 14

Job 33:14

Job 33:14-15

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Whereas in Old Testament times God often spoke in dreams as well as through other media (Hebrews 1:1), He now communicates to people through Christ, the Living Word (Hebrews 1:2), and the Bible, the written Word (2 Timothy 3:16). - BKC

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2 Peter 1:3

Verse 24

Job 33.24

Ransom -- perhaps he means "a redeeming quality" or trait within Job.

BKC "The “ransom,” while not specified, means something that can be regarded as a consideration or reason for the sufferer to be relieved from his illness.

Psalms 49:7-9;


A ransom - Margin, or, “an atonement.” Hebrew, ëôø kôpher. On the meaning of this word, see the notes at Isaiah 43:3. The expression here means that there was something which could be regarded as a valuable consideration, or a reason why the sufferer should not be further afflicted, and why he should be preserved from going down to the grave. What that price, or valuable consideration was, is not specified; and what was the actual idea which Elihu attached to it, it is now impossible with certainty to determine. The connection would rather lead us to suppose that it was something seen in the sufferer himself; some change done in his mind by his trials; some evidence of acquiescence in the government of God, and some manifestation of true repentance, which was the reason why the stroke of punishment should be removed, and why the sufferer should be saved from death. This might be called by Elihu “a ransom” - using the word in a very large sense. [cf. for more]

- Barnes

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Graciously, He reveals the righteousness of God and announces that He has found the "ransom" to redeem the condemned soul from the punishment of the Pit (Job 33:24). Most likely, Elihu does not even know what he is saying. Job has asked for a mediator to plead the case of his innocence before God; Elihu tells him that the mediator will personally pay the debt of his sin before God. How else could Elihu foresee the role of Jesus Christ as the mediator who ransoms us with his own life except as he is inspired to speak with the "breath of the Almighty"? - Preacher.

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33:24 The ransom is ultimately found in Christ (Matt 20:28; Rom 3:24–25; 1 Tim 2:6; 1 Pet 1:18–19). NLT Study Bible.

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Bibliographical Information
Gann, Windell. "Commentary on Job 33". Gann's Commentary on the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gbc/job-33.html. 2021.
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