Job 21:18
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New American Standard Bible
"Are they as straw before the wind, And like chaff which the storm carries away?

King James Bible
They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.

Darby Bible Translation
Do they become as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away?

World English Bible
How often is it that they are as stubble before the wind, as chaff that the storm carries away?

Young's Literal Translation
They are as straw before wind, And as chaff a hurricane hath stolen away,

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

They are as stubble before the wind - According to the interpretation proposed of the previous verse, this may be read as a question, "How often is it that the wicked are made like stubble? You say that God deals with people exactly according to their characters, and that the wicked are certainly subjected to calamities; but how often does this, in fact, occur? Is it a uniform law? Do they not, in fact, live in prosperity, and arrive at a good old age?" It is not uncommon in the Scriptures to compare the wicked with stubble, and to affirm that they shall be driven away, as the chaff is driven by the wind; see the notes at Isaiah 17:13.

The storm carrieth away - Margin, "stealeth away." This is a literal translation of the Hebrew. The idea is that of stealing away before one is aware, as a thief carries off spoil.

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Dancing.
DANCING is the expression of inward feelings by means of rhythmical movements of the body. Usually these movements are in measured step, and are accompanied by music. In some form or another dancing is as old as the world, and has been practiced by rude as well as by civilized peoples. The passion for amateur dancing always has been strongest among savage nations, who have made equal use of it in religious rites and in war. With the savages the dancers work themselves into a perfect frenzy, into
J. M. Judy—Questionable Amusements and Worthy Substitutes

Whether a Man Can Hate the Truth?
Objection 1: It would seem that a man cannot hate the truth. For good, true, and being are convertible. But a man cannot hate good. Neither, therefore, can he hate the truth. Objection 2: Further, "All men have a natural desire for knowledge," as stated in the beginning of the Metaphysics i, 1. But knowledge is only of truth. Therefore truth is naturally desired and loved. But that which is in a thing naturally, is always in it. Therefore no man can hate the truth. Objection 3: Further, the Philosopher
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

The Careless Sinner Awakened.
1, 2. It is too supposable a case that this Treatise may come into such hands.--3, 4. Since many, not grossly vicious, fail under that character.--5, 6. A more particular illustration of this case, with an appeal to the reader, whether it be not his own.--7 to 9. Expostulation with such.--10 to 12. More particularly--From acknowledged principles relating to the Nature of Got, his universal presence, agency, and perfection.--13. From a view of personal obligations to him.--14. From the danger Of this
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

The Resemblance Between the Old Testament and the New.
1. Introduction, showing the necessity of proving the similarity of both dispensations in opposition to Servetus and the Anabaptists. 2. This similarity in general. Both covenants truly one, though differently administered. Three things in which they entirely agree. 3. First general similarity, or agreement--viz. that the Old Testament, equally with the New, extended its promises beyond the present life, and held out a sure hope of immortality. Reason for this resemblance. Objection answered. 4.
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:12
Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,

Job 13:25
"Will You cause a driven leaf to tremble? Or will You pursue the dry chaff?

Job 22:16
Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundations were washed away by a river?

Job 27:21
"The east wind carries him away, and he is gone, For it whirls him away from his place.

Psalm 1:4
The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.

Psalm 35:5
Let them be like chaff before the wind, With the angel of the LORD driving them on.

Psalm 83:13
O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like chaff before the wind.

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