25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

Other Translations of Job 13:25

New International Version

25 Will you torment a windblown leaf? Will you chase after dry chaff?

English Standard Version

25 Will you frighten a driven leaf and pursue dry chaff?

The Message

25 Why kick me around like an old tin can? Why beat a dead horse?

New King James Version

25 Will You frighten a leaf driven to and fro? And will You pursue dry stubble?

New Living Translation

25 Would you terrify a leaf blown by the wind? Would you chase dry straw?

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 13:25

Commentary on Job 13:23-28

(Read Job 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.