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Redemption

REDEMPTION (Heb. ge’ullâh, Gr. lytrōsis, apolytrōsis). A metaphor used in both OT and NT to describe God’s merciful and costly action on behalf of his people (sinful human beings). The basic meaning of the word is release or freedom on payment of a price, deliverance by a costly method. When used of God it does not suggest that he paid a price to anyone, but rather that his mercy required his almighty power and involved the greatest possible depth of suffering. Thus God redeemed Israel from Egypt by delivering the people from bondage and placing them in a new land (Exod.6.6; Exod.15.13; Ps.77.14-Ps.77.15), and he did this by his “mighty hand.”