Psalms 74:11

11 Why do you hold back your hand; why do you keep your hand in your bosom?

Psalms 74:11 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 74:11

Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even that right hand?
&c.] By which is meant the power of God; by which he made the heavens and the earth, and all things therein, and supports them in their beings; by which the work of his grace is wrought in the hearts of his people, and they are upheld; and by which he conquers their enemies, and saves them: this may be said to be withdrawn when he denies his people the help and succour they have had from him; when he seems to have forsaken the work of his hands; when there is not that success in the ministry of the word there formerly was, his arm being not revealed and made bare; and when the enemies of religion prosper and get ground; and when the Lord seems to be altogether inactive and unconcerned, like a man that folds up his arms under his arm holes, or hides his hands in his bosom, see ( Psalms 44:23-26 ) ( Proverbs 19:24 ) ( Lamentations 2:3-8 ) wherefore it follows:

pluck it out of thy bosom;
as he will one day, and strike with a home blow, antichrist and his followers, and destroy them with his rod of iron, with which he will break them in shivers as a potter's vessel; and all his enemies shall feel the lighting down of his arm with the indignation of his anger; and then this request will be fulfilled: the word used signifies to "consume" F1; and Kimchi interprets it, consume the enemy out of thy bosom, which is the house of the sanctuary; his secret place, as the bosom is to man; but both senses of the word maybe retained, and the meaning be, pluck it out of thy bosom to consume them {b}: also it signifies to restrain F3; and the sense may be, as the above writer observes, restrain it, that it may not return to thy bosom, till thou hast executed judgment on the wicked.


F1 (hlk) "consume", Montanus, Gejerus.
F2 So some in Vatablus.
F3 "Cohibe", Junius & Tremellius.

Psalms 74:11 In-Context

9 We do not see our emblems; there is no longer any prophet, and there is no one among us who knows how long.
10 How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand; why do you keep your hand in your bosom?
12 Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the earth.
13 You divided the sea by your might; you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Cn: Heb [do you consume your right hand from]