Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 33:28

‘He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall see the light.'
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Afflictions and Adversities;   Agency;   Conviction;   God;   God Continued...;   Penitent;   Philosophy;   Repentance;   Wicked (People);   The Topic Concordance - Deliverance;   Enlightenment;   Grace;   Light;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Anger of God, the;   Confession of Sin;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Job;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Pit;   Proverbs, the Book of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;   Sheol;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Job;   Pit;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Advocate ;   Light and Darkness;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Pit;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elihu;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Job, Book of;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Confession of Sin;  
Devotionals:
Faith's Checkbook - Devotion for January 25;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He will deliver his soul - He will do that to every individual penitent sinner which he has promised in his word to do for a lost world - he will deliver his soul from going down to the pit of hell.

And his life shall see the light - He shall walk in the light, as Christ is in the light; always enjoying a clear sense of his acceptance through the blood of the Lamb. See another mode of paraphrasing these verses at the end of the chapter.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 33:28". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-33.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

He will deliver his soul - Margin, “He hath delivered my soul.” There are various readings here in the text, which give rise to this diversity of interpretation. The present reading in the text is נפשׁי nepheshay - “my soul”; and according to this, it is to be regarded as the language of the sufferer celebrating the mercy of God, and is language which is connected with the confession in the previous verse, “I have sinned; I found it no advantage; and he hath rescued me from death.” Many manuscripts, however, read נפשׁו nepheshô - “his soul”; and according to this, the language would be that of Elihu, saying, that in those circumstances God would deliver him when he made suitable confession of his sin. The sense is essentially the same. The Vulgate has, “He will deliver his soul;” the Septuagint, “Save my soul.”

From going into the pit - Notes Job 33:18.

And his life shall see the light - Here there is the same variety of reading which occurs in regard to the word soul. The present Hebrew text is (חיתי chayātay ) “my life”; many manuscripts read (חיתו chayātô ), “his life.” The phrase “to see the light” is equivalent to live. Death was represented as going down into regions where there was no ray of light. See Job 3:5; Job 10:21-22.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 33:28". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-33.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

He will deliver his soul from going into the pit,.... Into the pit of the grave; and then the soul is put for the man or for the body; or into the pit of hell or perdition:

and his life shall see the light; or he shall live and enjoy outward prosperity here, and the light of eternal happiness hereafter; and so the Targum interprets it of superior light, or the light above, even the inheritance of the saints in light. These words have a double reading; the "Keri", or marginal reading, is what we follow; but the "Cetib", or textual reading, is, "he hath delivered my soul from going into the pit, and my life sees the light"; and which seems to be the better reading; and so the words are a continuation of the address of the man recovered from illness to his friends; setting forth and acknowledging, with joy and thankfulness, the great goodness of God unto him, that he had delivered him from the grave, and spared his life, and given him to enjoy great prosperity, both temporal and spiritual.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 33:28". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-33.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

u He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.

(u) God will forgive the penitent sinner.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 33:28". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-33.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

my life.” Continuation of the penitent‘s testimony to the people.

light — (Job 33:30; Job 3:16, Job 3:20; Psalm 56:13; Ecclesiastes 11:7).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 33:28". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-33.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.

Life — His life which was endangered, shall be restored and continued. Yea, farther, God shall Deliver his soul from going into the pit of hell: and his life shall see the light, all good, in the vision and fruition of God.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 33:28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.

Ver. 28. He will deliver his soul from going, &c.] God will heal him, and lengthen out his life. Or, the sick man will, by his unfeigned repentance, procure his own reprieve and deliverance from deadly danger. Some make these words to be the sick man’s thankful confession, He hath redeemed my soul, &c., not unlike that of David, Psalms 116:8, and that of Hezekiah, Isaiah 38:17.

And his life shall see the light] He shall not only live, but live happily and comfortably: a joyless life is no life.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 33:28". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-33.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He, i.e. God, whose work alone this is.

His soul; himself; or, as it follows,

his life. His life: See Poole "Job 33:18".

Shall see the light, i.e. shall enjoy, either,

1. Prosperity, which is oft called light, as darkness is put for affliction; or,

2. The light of the living, as it follows, Job 33:30; the light of this world, i.e. his life, which was endangered, shall be restored and continued. This is opposed to his going down into the pit, in the former branch.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 33:28". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-33.html. 1685.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(28) He will deliver his soul.—There are two readings in the Hebrew here, of which one is represented by the Authorised Version; but the better one is, “He hath redeemed my soul from going into the pit, and my life shall see the light”—this is part of the restored man’s confession, which appears to be continued till the speaker resumes in Job 33:29.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Job 33:28". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/job-33.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
will deliver, etc
or, hath delivered my soul, etc. and my life.
18,24; 17:16; Psalms 55:23; 69:15; Isaiah 38:17,18; Revelation 20:1-3
see
20,22; 3:9,16,20; Psalms 49:19; Isaiah 9:2; John 11:9
Reciprocal: Genesis 42:21 - they said;  Genesis 50:17 - they did;  Leviticus 26:40 - confess;  Numbers 5:7 - confess;  2 Samuel 24:10 - I have sinned;  1 Kings 8:47 - done perversely;  2 Chronicles 6:37 - We have sinned;  Job 33:30 - To bring;  Psalm 28:1 - I become;  Psalm 30:3 - brought;  Psalm 86:13 - and thou;  Psalm 107:20 - delivered;  Ecclesiastes 11:7 - the light;  Jeremiah 3:13 - acknowledge;  Jeremiah 8:6 - hearkened;  Jeremiah 24:6 - For I will;  Jeremiah 31:18 - surely;  Lamentations 3:42 - transgressed;  Ezekiel 18:23 - not that;  Ezekiel 28:8 - shall bring;  Jonah 2:6 - corruption;  Jonah 3:10 - God saw;  Matthew 3:6 - confessing;  Luke 15:18 - I have;  Luke 15:20 - But;  John 3:36 - see;  John 8:12 - shall have;  Acts 19:18 - confessed;  2 Corinthians 7:10 - repentance;  1 Peter 3:10 - see;  1 John 1:9 - we confess

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 33:28". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-33.html.