Job 13:25
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New International Version
Will you torment a windblown leaf? Will you chase after dry chaff?

New Living Translation
Would you terrify a leaf blown by the wind? Would you chase dry straw?

English Standard Version
Will you frighten a driven leaf and pursue dry chaff?

New American Standard Bible
"Will You cause a driven leaf to tremble? Or will You pursue the dry chaff?

King James Bible
Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Will You frighten a wind-driven leaf? Will You chase after dry straw?

International Standard Version
Are you a god who would make a leaf tremble or who would prosecute a dry straw?

NET Bible
Do you wish to torment a windblown leaf and chase after dry chaff?

New Heart English Bible
Will you harass a driven leaf? Will you pursue the dry stubble?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Are you trying to make a fluttering leaf tremble or trying to chase dry husks?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wilt Thou harass a driven leaf? And wilt Thou pursue the dry stubble?

New American Standard 1977
“Wilt Thou cause a driven leaf to tremble?
            Or wilt Thou pursue the dry chaff?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? Wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

King James 2000 Bible
Will you break a leaf driven to and fro? and will you pursue the dry stubble?

American King James Version
Will you break a leaf driven to and fro? and will you pursue the dry stubble?

American Standard Version
Wilt thou harass a driven leaf? And wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Against a leaf, that is carried away with the wind, thou shewest thy power, and thou pursuest a dry straw.

Darby Bible Translation
Wilt thou terrify a driven leaf? and wilt thou pursue dry stubble?

English Revised Version
Wilt thou harass a driven leaf? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

Webster's Bible Translation
Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

World English Bible
Will you harass a driven leaf? Will you pursue the dry stubble?

Young's Literal Translation
A leaf driven away dost Thou terrify? And the dry stubble dost Thou pursue?
Study Bible
Job Reproves his Friends
24"Why do You hide Your face And consider me Your enemy? 25"Will You cause a driven leaf to tremble? Or will You pursue the dry chaff? 26"For You write bitter things against me And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:36
'As for those of you who may be left, I will also bring weakness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies. And the sound of a driven leaf will chase them, and even when no one is pursuing they will flee as though from the sword, and they will fall.

Job 19:22
"Why do you persecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with my flesh?

Job 21:18
"Are they as straw before the wind, And like chaff which the storm carries away?
Treasury of Scripture

Will you break a leaf driven to and fro? and will you pursue the dry stubble?

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Job 14:3 And does you open your eyes on such an one, and bring me into judgment with you?

1 Samuel 24:14 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom do you pursue? …

Isaiah 17:13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall …

Matthew 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not …

(25) Wilt thou break a leaf.--His confession of sin here approaches even to what the Psalmist describes as the condition of the ungodly (Psalm 1:4).

Verse 25. - Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble? Job compares himself to two of the weakest things in nature - a withered leaf, and a morsel of dry stubble. He cannot believe that God will employ his almighty strength in crushing and destroying what is so slight and feeble. A deep sense of God's goodness and compassion underlies the thought. Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro?.... A leaf that falls from a tree in autumn, and withers and is rolled up, and driven about by the wind, which it cannot resist, to which Job here compares himself; but it is not to be understood of him with respect to his spiritual estate; for being a good man, and one that trusted in the Lord, and made him his hope, he was, as every good man is, like to a tree planted by rivers of water, whose leaf withers not, but is always green, and does not fall off, as is the case of carnal professors, who are compared to trees in autumn, which cast their leaves and rotten fruit; see Psalm 1:3; but in respect to his outward estate, his frailty, weakness, and feebleness, especially as now under the afflicting hand of God; see Isaiah 64:6; so John the Baptist, on account of his being a frail mortal man, a weak feeble creature, compares himself to a reed shaken with the wind, Matthew 11:7; now to break such an one was to add affliction to affliction, and which could not well be borne; and the like is signified by the next clause,

and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble? which cannot stand before the wind, or the force of devouring fire; this also respects not Job in his spiritual estate, with regard to which he was not like to dry stubble or chaff, to which wicked men are compared, Psalm 1:4; but to standing corn and wheat in the full ear; and not only to green grass, which is flourishing, but to palm trees, and cedar trees of the Lord, which are full of sap, to which good men are like; but he describes him in his weak and afflicted state, tossed to and fro like dry stubble; and no more able to contend and grapple with an incensed God than dry stubble can withstand devouring flames; this he says, partly to suggest that it was below the Divine Being to set his strength against his weakness; as David said to Saul, "after whom is the king of Israel come out? after a dead dog, after a flea?" 1 Samuel 24:14; which words Bar Tzemach compares with these; and partly to move the divine pity and commiseration towards him, who uses not to "break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax", Isaiah 42:3. 25. (Le 26:36; Ps 1:4). Job compares himself to a leaf already fallen, which the storm still chases hither and thither.

break—literally, "shake with (Thy) terrors." Jesus Christ does not "break the bruised reed" (Isa 42:3, 27:8).13:23-28 Job begs to have his sins discovered to him. A true penitent is willing to know the worst of himself; and we should all desire to know what our transgressions are, that we may confess them, and guard against them for the future. Job complains sorrowfully of God's severe dealings with him. Time does not wear out the guilt of sin. When God writes bitter things against us, his design is to make us bring forgotten sins to mind, and so to bring us to repent of them, as to break us off from them. Let young persons beware of indulging in sin. Even in this world they may so possess the sins of their youth, as to have months of sorrow for moments of pleasure. Their wisdom is to remember their Creator in their early days, that they may have assured hope, and sweet peace of conscience, as the solace of their declining years. Job also complains that his present mistakes are strictly noticed. So far from this, God deals not with us according to our deserts. This was the language of Job's melancholy views. If God marks our steps, and narrowly examines our paths, in judgment, both body and soul feel his righteous vengeance. This will be the awful case of unbelievers, yet there is salvation devised, provided, and made known in Christ.
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