The Hebrew term amad means to “stand aside,” “stand still,” “desist,” or “be inactive.” Here are some examples:
- “Must I wait, now that they are silent, now that they stand there [stand still or desist] with no reply?” (Job 32:16).
- “Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up [arose and kept quiet or stood still]” (Nehemiah 8:5).
- “The king said, ‘Stand aside and wait here.’ So he stepped aside and stood there [stood aside or stood still]” (2 Samuel 18:30).
- “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise [step aside or stand still]. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered” (Daniel 12:1).