11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!

Other Translations of Psalm 74:11

King James Version

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

English Standard Version

11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the fold of your garmentHebrew from your bosom and destroy them!

The Message

11 Why don't you do something? How long are you going to sit there with your hands folded in your lap?

New King James Version

11 Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? Take it out of Your bosom and destroy them.

New Living Translation

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

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 74:11

Commentary on Psalm 74:1-11

(Read Psalm 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.