Despair. That was his life. He had no hope. His family had no hope. He worked day-by-day under a harsh taskmaster. He endured beatings. He worried about whether his young son would be sold to another. All he had known was being a slave. He was born a slave and he would die a slave.
Then one day he learned that he in his family had been bought. The assumption was that they were bought by another plantation owner, destined to the same work. However, they were surprised to learn that the new owner did not want them for slaves. No, he wanted to restore them to freedom. He had paid their price to set them free and allow them to truly live. They had been redeemed.