Job 33:18
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New International Version
to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword.

King James Bible
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

Darby Bible Translation
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from passing away by the sword.

World English Bible
He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

Young's Literal Translation
He keepeth back his soul from corruption, And his life from passing away by a dart.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He keepeth back his soul from the pit - By the above means, how many have been snatched from an untimely death! By taking the warning thus given, some have been prevented from perishing by the pit - some sudden accident; and others from the sword of the assassin or nocturnal murderer. It would be easy to give examples, in all these kinds; but the knowledge of the reader may save this trouble to the commentator.

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Acts 16:27-33 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword...

Romans 2:4 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering...

2 Peter 3:9,15 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward...

perishing. Heb. passing

The Host of Heaven and of Earth.
"The Spirit of God hath made me."--Job xxxiii. 4. Understanding somewhat the characteristic note of the work of the Holy Spirit, let us see what this work was and is and shall be. The Father brings forth, the Son disposes and arranges, the Holy Spirit perfects. There is one God and Father of whom are all things, and one Lord Jesus Christ through whom are all things; but what does the Scripture say of the special work the Holy Spirit did in creation and is still doing? For the sake of order we examine
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

Whether for the Justification of the Ungodly is Required a Movement of the Free-Will?
Objection 1: It would seem that no movement of the free-will is required for the justification of the ungodly. For we see that by the sacrament of Baptism, infants and sometimes adults are justified without a movement of their free-will: hence Augustine says (Confess. iv) that when one of his friends was taken with a fever, "he lay for a long time senseless and in a deadly sweat, and when he was despaired of, he was baptized without his knowing, and was regenerated"; which is effected by sanctifying
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

The Angel of the Lord in the Pentateuch, and the Book of Joshua.
The New Testament distinguishes between the hidden God and the revealed God--the Son or Logos--who is connected with the former by oneness of nature, and who from everlasting, and even at the creation itself, filled up the immeasurable distance between the Creator and the creation;--who has been the Mediator in all God's relations to the world;--who at all times, and even before He became man in Christ, has been the light of [Pg 116] the world,--and to whom, specially, was committed the direction
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit as Revealed in his Names.
At least twenty-five different names are used in the Old and New Testaments in speaking of the Holy Spirit. There is the deepest significance in these names. By the careful study of them, we find a wonderful revelation of the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. I. The Spirit. The simplest name by which the Holy Spirit is mentioned in the Bible is that which stands at the head of this paragraph--"The Spirit." This name is also used as the basis of other names, so we begin our study with this.
R. A. Torrey—The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit

Cross References
Job 15:22
He despairs of escaping the realm of darkness; he is marked for the sword.

Job 33:17
to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride,

Job 33:22
They draw near to the pit, and their life to the messengers of death.

Job 33:24
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 33:30
to turn them back from the pit, that the light of life may shine on them.

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