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Job 9:34

34 someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.

Read Job 9:34 Using Other Translations

Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:
Let him take his rod away from me, and let not dread of him terrify me.
The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment.

What does Job 9:34 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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 ) .

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