Job 14:2
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English Standard Version
He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not.

King James Bible
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

American Standard Version
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who cometh forth like a flower, and is destroyed, and fleeth as a shadow, and never continueth in the same state.

English Revised Version
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

Webster's Bible Translation
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

23 How many are mine iniquities and sins?

Make me to know my transgression and sin! - -

24 Wherefore dost Thou hide Thy face,

And regard me as Thine enemy?

25 Wilt Thou frighten away a leaf driven to and fro,

And pursue the dry stubble?

When עון and חטּאת, פּשׁע and חטּאת, are used in close connection, the latter, which describes sin as failing and error, signifies sins of weakness (infirmities, Schwachheitssnde); whereas עון (prop. distorting or bending) signifies misdeed, and פשׁע (prop. breaking loose, or away from, Arab. fsq) wickedness which designedly estranges itself from God and removes from favour, both therefore malignant sin (Bosheitssnde).

(Note: Comp. the development of the idea of the synonyms for sin in von Hofmann, Schriftbeweis, i. 483ff., at the commencement of the fourth Lehrstck.)

The bold self-confidence which is expressed in the question and challenge of Job 13:23 is, in Job 13:24, changed to grievous astonishment that God does not appear to him, and on the contrary continues to pursue him as an enemy without investigating his cause. Has the Almighty then pleasure in scaring away a leaf that is already blown to and fro? העלה, with He interrog., like החכם, Job 15:2, according to Ges. 100, 4. ערץ used as transitive here, like Psalm 10:18, to terrify, scare away affrighted. Does it give Him satisfaction to pursue dried-up stubble? By את (before an indeterminate noun, according to Ges. 117, 2) he points δεικτικῶς to himself: he, the powerless one, completely deprived of strength by sickness and pain, is as dried-up stubble; nevertheless God is after him, as though He would get rid of every trace of a dangerous enemy by summoning His utmost strength against him.

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Psalm 90:5-9 You carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which grows up...

Psalm 92:7,12 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever...

Psalm 103:15,16 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes...

Isaiah 40:6-8 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field...

James 1:10,11 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away...

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time...

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass wither, and the flower thereof falls away:

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Job 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days on earth are a shadow:)

Job 9:25,26 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good...

1 Chronicles 29:15 For we are strangers before you, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow...

Psalm 102:11 My days are like a shadow that declines; and I am withered like grass.

Psalm 144:4 Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passes away.

Ecclesiastes 8:13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he fears not before God.

Cross References
James 1:10
and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.

1 Peter 1:24
for "All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,

1 Chronicles 29:15
For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.

Job 4:20
Between morning and evening they are beaten to pieces; they perish forever without anyone regarding it.

Job 8:9
For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, for our days on earth are a shadow.

Job 15:33
He will shake off his unripe grape like the vine, and cast off his blossom like the olive tree.

Psalm 37:2
For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.

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