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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Galatians 3:13

Redeemed us (hmav exhgorasen).
First aorist active of the compound verb exagorazw (Polybius, Plutarch, Diodorus), to buy from, to buy back, to ransom. The simple verb agorazw (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23) is used in an inscription for the purchase of slaves in a will (Deissmann, Light from the Ancient East, p. 324). See also Galatians 4:5; Colossians 4:5; Ephesians 5:16. Christ purchased us

from the curse of the law (ek thv katarav tou nomou).
"Out from (ek repeated) under (upo in verse 10) the curse of the law."

Having become a curse for us (genomenov uper hmwn katara).
Here the graphic picture is completed. We were under (upo) a curse, Christ became a curse

over (uper)
us and so between us and the overhanging curse which fell on him instead of on us. Thus he bought us out (ek) and we are free from the curse which he took on himself. This use of uper for substitution is common in the papyri and in ancient Greek as in the N.T. (John 11:50; 2 Corinthians 5:14).

That hangeth on a tree (o kremamenov epi xulou).
Quotation from Deuteronomy 21:23 with the omission of upo teou (by God). Since Christ was not cursed by God. The allusion was to exposure of dead bodies on stakes or crosses (Joshua 10:26). Xulon means wood, not usually tree, though so in Luke 23:31 and in later Greek. It was used of gallows, crosses, etc. See Acts 5:30; 10:39; 1 Peter 2:24. On the present middle participle from the old verb kremannumi, to hang, see on Matthew 18:6; see also Acts 5:30.


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The Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Copyright © Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board)

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Galatians 3:13". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.


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