Psalm 74:11
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New International Version
Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!

New Living Translation
Why do you hold back your strong right hand? Unleash your powerful fist and destroy them.

English Standard Version
Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the fold of your garment and destroy them!

New American Standard Bible
Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? From within Your bosom, destroy them!

King James Bible
Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why do You hold back Your hand? Stretch out Your right hand and destroy them!

International Standard Version
Why do you not withdraw your hand— your right hand—from your bosom and destroy them?

NET Bible
Why do you remain inactive? Intervene and destroy him!

New Heart English Bible
Why do you draw back your hand, even your right hand? Take it out of your pocket and consume them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why have you turned your hand and your right hand from within your assembly?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why do you hold back your hand, especially your right hand? Take your hands out of your pockets. Destroy your enemies!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Why withdrawest Thou Thy hand, even Thy right hand? Draw it out of Thy bosom and consume them.

New American Standard 1977
Why dost Thou withdraw Thy hand, even Thy right hand?
            From within Thy bosom, destroy them!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why dost thou withdraw thy hand, even thy right hand? Why dost thou hide it in thy bosom.

King James 2000 Bible
Why withdraw you your hand, even your right hand? pluck it out of your bosom.

American King James Version
Why withdraw you your hand, even your right hand? pluck it out of your bosom.

American Standard Version
Why drawest thou back thy hand, even thy right hand? Pluck it out of thy bosom and consume them .

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why dost thou turn away thy hand: and thy right hand out of the midst of thy bosom for ever ?

Darby Bible Translation
Why withdrawest thou thy hand, and thy right hand? [pluck it] out of thy bosom: consume [them].

English Revised Version
Why drawest thou back thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom and consume them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.

World English Bible
Why do you draw back your hand, even your right hand? Take it out of your pocket and consume them!

Young's Literal Translation
Why dost Thou turn back Thy hand, Even Thy right hand? From the midst of Thy bosom remove it.
Study Bible
Why have You Rejected Us?
10How long, O God, will the adversary revile, And the enemy spurn Your name forever? 11Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? From within Your bosom, destroy them! 12Yet God is my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.…
Cross References
Psalm 59:13
Destroy them in wrath, destroy them that they may be no more; That men may know that God rules in Jacob To the ends of the earth. Selah.

Isaiah 64:12
Will You restrain Yourself at these things, O LORD? Will You keep silent and afflict us beyond measure?

Lamentations 2:3
In fierce anger He has cut off All the strength of Israel; He has drawn back His right hand From before the enemy. And He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire Consuming round about.

Daniel 9:19
"O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name."
Treasury of Scripture

Why withdraw you your hand, even your right hand? pluck it out of your bosom.

withdrawest

Isaiah 64:12 Will you refrain yourself for these things, O LORD? will you hold …

Lamentations 2:3 He has cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he has …

pluck it out. As the outward habit of the easterns has no sleeves, the hands and arms are frequently covered with the folds of the robe; and, in order to do anything, the hand must be disentangled, and drawn out.

Psalm 44:23 Awake, why sleep you, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.

Psalm 78:65,66 Then the LORD awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that …

(11) Why withdrawest thou.--Literally, returnest, i.e., into the ample folds of the Eastern robe. The poet is thinking of Exodus 4:7.

Pluck it out of thy bosom.--Literally, out of the midst of thy bosom consume. For the same absolute use of this verb comp. Psalm 59:13. The clause is an instance of pregnant construction (comp. Psalm 74:7), and is plainly equivalent to, Why dost thou not pluck out thy right hand to consume?

Verse 11. - Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? Why dost thou keep back the right hand of thy power, hiding it in thy besom? Why not show forth thy power, and consume them, as it were, in a moment? (See the next clause.) Pluck it out of thy bosom; rather, out with it frown thy bosom, and consume them. The psalmist sees no reason why the Babylonians should not be consumed, and Israel delivered, at once. He has an insufficient sense of the greatness of Israel's sin. Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even that right hand?.... By which is meant the power of God; by which he made the heavens and the earth, and all things therein, and supports them in their beings; by which the work of his grace is wrought in the hearts of his people, and they are upheld; and by which he conquers their enemies, and saves them: this may be said to be withdrawn when he denies his people the help and succour they have had from him; when he seems to have forsaken the work of his hands; when there is not that success in the ministry of the word there formerly was, his arm being not revealed and made bare; and when the enemies of religion prosper and get ground; and when the Lord seems to be altogether inactive and unconcerned, like a man that folds up his arms under his arm holes, or hides his hands in his bosom, see Psalm 44:23 wherefore it follows:

pluck it out of thy bosom; as he will one day, and strike with a home blow, antichrist and his followers, and destroy them with his rod of iron, with which he will break them in shivers as a potter's vessel; and all his enemies shall feel the lighting down of his arm with the indignation of his anger; and then this request will be fulfilled: the word used signifies to "consume" (a); and Kimchi interprets it, consume the enemy out of thy bosom, which is the house of the sanctuary; his secret place, as the bosom is to man; but both senses of the word maybe retained, and the meaning be, pluck it out of thy bosom to consume them (b): also it signifies to restrain (c); and the sense may be, as the above writer observes, restrain it, that it may not return to thy bosom, till thou hast executed judgment on the wicked.

(a) "consume", Montanus, Gejerus. (b) So some in Vatablus. (c) "Cohibe", Junius & Tremellius. 11. Why cease to help us? (Compare Ps 3:7; 7:6; 60:5).74:1-11 This psalm appears to describe the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by the Chaldeans. The deplorable case of the people of God, at the time, is spread before the Lord, and left with him. They plead the great things God had done for them. If the deliverance of Israel out of Egypt was encouragement to hope that he would not cast them off, much more reason have we to believe, that God will not cast off any whom Christ has redeemed with his own blood. Infidels and persecutors may silence faithful ministers, and shut up places of worship, and say they will destroy the people of God and their religion together. For a long time they may prosper in these attempts, and God's oppressed servants may see no prospect of deliverance; but there is a remnant of believers, the seed of a future harvest, and the despised church has survived those who once triumphed over her. When the power of enemies is most threatening, it is comfortable to flee to the power of God by earnest prayer.
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