Job 9:34

34 1Let him take his 2rod away from me, and let 3not dread of him terrify me.

Job 9:34 Meaning and Commentary

Job 9:34

Let him take his rod away from me
Not his government over him, of which the rod or sceptre is an ensign, Job did not want to be freed from that; but, his rod of affliction, or stroke, as the Targum, the stroke of his hand, which, though a fatherly chastisement, lay heavy upon him, and depressed his spirits; so that he could not, while it was on him, reason so freely about things as he thought he could if it was removed, and for which he here prays:

and let not his fear terrify me;
not the fear of him as a father, which is not terrifying, but the fear of him as a judge; the terror of his majesty, the dread of his wrath and vengeance, the fearful apprehensions he had of him as a God of strict justice; that would by no means clear the guilty, yea, would not hold him innocent, though he was with respect to the charge of his friends; being now without those views of him as a God gracious and merciful; to these words Elihu seeks to have respect, ( Job 33:6 Job 33:7 ) .

Job 9:34 In-Context

32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together.
33 There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both.
34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not dread of him terrify me.
35 Then I would speak without fear of him, for I am not so in myself.

Cross References 3

  • 1. [Psalms 39:10]
  • 2. Job 21:9; Psalms 89:32; Isaiah 10:24
  • 3. [Job 13:21; Job 33:7]