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!

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

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

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Why withdrawest thou thy hand - It has been remarked, that as the outward habit of the easterns had no sleeves, the hands and arms were frequently covered with the folds of the robe; and in order to do any thing, the hand must be disentangled and drawn out. The literal version of the Hebrew is: "To what time wilt thou draw back thy hand; yea, thy right hand, from within thy bosom?" Consomme; that is, manifest thy power, and destroy thy adversaries. I have, in the introduction to the book of Psalms, spoken of the old metrical version by Sternhold and Hopkins, and have stated that it was formed from the original text. A proof of this may be seen by the learned reader in this and the preceding verse; where, though their version is harsh, and some of their expressions quaint almost to ridicule, yet they have hit the true mean ing which our prose translators have missed: -

Psalm 74:10 When wilt thou once, Lord, end this shame,And cease thine en'mies strong?Shall they always blaspheme thy name,And rail on thee so long?

Psalm 74:11 Why dost thou draw thy hand aback,And hide it in thy lap?O pluck it out, and be not slackTo give thy foes a rap!

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Isaiah 64:12 Will you refrain yourself for these things, O LORD? will you hold your peace, and afflict us very sore?

Lamentations 2:3 He has cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he has drawn back his right hand from before the enemy...

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 shouts by reason of wine...

The Meaning
Of the Red Dragon with Seven Heads fighting with Michael about the new-born Child. The first vision of the little book, of which we treated in the eleventh chapter, ran through the whole Apocalyptical course, from the beginning to the end, and that, as we elsewhere observed, to point out its connexion with the seals and trumpets. Now to that vision the remaining prophecies of the same interval, and of the affairs of the Church are to be accommodated, in order to complete the system of the little
Joseph Mede—A Key to the Apocalypse

The Wisdom of God
The next attribute is God's wisdom, which is one of the brightest beams of the Godhead. He is wise in heart.' Job 9:9. The heart is the seat of wisdom. Cor in Hebraeo sumitur pro judicio. Pineda. Among the Hebrews, the heart is put for wisdom.' Let men of understanding tell me:' Job 34:44: in the Hebrew, Let men of heart tell me.' God is wise in heart, that is, he is most wise. God only is wise; he solely and wholly possesses all wisdom; therefore he is called, the only wise God.' I Tim 1:17. All
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Psalm 59:13
consume them in your wrath, consume them till they are no more. Then it will be known to the ends of the earth that God rules over Jacob.

Isaiah 64:12
After all this, LORD, will you hold yourself back? Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?

Lamentations 2:3
In fierce anger he has cut off every horn of Israel. He has withdrawn his right hand at the approach of the enemy. He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire that consumes everything around it.

Daniel 9:19
Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name."

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