New American Standard Bible
"Now gird up your loins like a man; I will ask you, and you instruct Me.
King James Bible
Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Darby Bible Translation
Gird up now thy loins like a man: I will demand of thee, and inform thou me.
World English Bible
"Now brace yourself like a man. I will question you, and you will answer me.
Young's Literal Translation
Gird, I pray thee, as a man, thy loins, I ask thee, and cause thou Me to know.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Gird up thy loins now like a man - An expression taken from the ancient mode of dress. That was a loose, flowing robe, which was secured by a girdle when traveling, or when one entered upon anything requiring energy; see the notes at Matthew 5:38-41. The meaning here is, "Prepare thyself for the highest effort that can be made. Put forth all your strength, and explain to me what will now be said;" compare the notes at Isaiah 41:21.
I will demand of thee - Hebrew "I will ask of thee." That is, I will submit some questions to you to be answered.
And declare thou unto me - Hebrew "Cause me to know." That is, furnish a satisfactory answer to these inquiries, so as to show that you understand the subject. The object is to appeal to the proofs of divine wisdom, and to show that the whole subject was far above human comprehension.
LibraryWhether at the Coming Judgment the Angels Will be Judged?
Objection 1: It would seem that the angels will be judged at the coming judgment. For it is written (1 Cor. 6:3): "Know you not that we shall judge angels?" But this cannot refer to the state of the present time. Therefore it should refer to the judgment to come. Objection 2: Further, it is written concerning Behemoth or Leviathan, whereby the devil is signified (Job 40:28): "In the sight of all he shall be cast down"; and (Mk. 1:24)* the demon cried out to Christ: "Why art Thou come to destroy us …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Letter xx. Self-Examination.
Book vii. On the Useful or the Ordinary
"But we are all as an Unclean Thing, and all Our Righteousnesses are as Filthy Rags,"
"Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
'Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me.'
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