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Psalms 74:11

    Psalms 74:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Why are you keeping back your hand, and covering your right hand in your robe?

    Webster's Revision

    Why drawest thou back thy hand, even thy right hand? Pluck it out of thy bosom and 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!

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 74:11

    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!

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 74:11

    Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? - Why dost thou not stretch forth thy hand for our deliverance? The hand, especially the right hand, is the instrument by which we wield a sword, or strike a blow; and the expression here is equivalent to asking why God did not interfere and save them.

    Pluck it out of thy bosom - As if God had hidden his hand beneath the folds of his garment, or had wrapped his robe tightly around him. It "seemed" as if he had done this, as if he looked calmly on, and saw the temple fired, the synagogues burned up, the land laid waste, and the people slaughtered, without an attempt to interpose. How often are we constrained to use similar language - to ask a similar question - when iniquity abounds, when crime prevails, when sinners are perishing, when the church mourns - for God seems to have withdrawn his hand, and to be looking on with unconcern! No one can tell why this is so; and, without irreverence, or a spirit of complaining, but deeply affected with the mystery of the fact, we may ask "Why" this is so.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 74:11

    74:11 Why - Why dost thou forebear the exercise of thy power? Bosom - In which thou now seemest to hide it.