Job 13:21

21 Withdraw your hand far from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors.

Job 13:21 in Other Translations

21 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.
21 withdraw your hand far from me, and let not dread of you terrify me.
21 Remove your heavy hand from me, and don’t terrify me with your awesome presence.
21 First, lay off the afflictions; the terror is too much for me.
21 remove Your hand from me, and do not let Your terror frighten me.

Job 13:21 Meaning and Commentary

Job 13:21

Withdraw thine hand far from me
His afflicting hand, which pressed him; this he desires might be removed, or otherwise he could not have the command of himself, make use of his reasoning faculties, recollect his arguments, and give them in their due force and strength; for afflictions of body affect the soul and memory, understanding and judgment; this is one of the things he would have agreed unto before the dispute was entered on; the other follows:

and let not thy dread make me afraid;
the terrors of his law, or the dreadful apprehensions of his wrath; he desires to be freed from all slavish fear of God, that now possessed his mind through the severity of his dispensations towards him, behaving as if he was his enemy; or he deprecates his appearance in any external visible way and manner, which might be frightening to him, and so hinder freedom of speech in his own defence; these two things are before requested, ( Job 9:34 Job 9:35 ) ; which should they be granted, he proposes as follows.

Job 13:21 In-Context

19 Can anyone bring charges against me? If so, I will be silent and die.
20 “Only grant me these two things, God, and then I will not hide from you:
21 Withdraw your hand far from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors.
22 Then summon me and I will answer, or let me speak, and you reply to me.
23 How many wrongs and sins have I committed? Show me my offense and my sin.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Exodus 9:3; Hebrews 10:31; Psalms 39:10
  • 2. S Job 6:4
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