How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff swept away by a gale?
"Are they as straw before the wind, And like chaff which the storm carries away?
Are they driven before the wind like straw? Are they carried away by the storm? Not at all!
How often are they blown away by bad luck? Not very often.
How frequently are they as dry stems before the wind, or as grass taken away by the storm-wind?
How often are they like straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm carries away?
They are like straw before the wind, And like chaff that a storm carries away.
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1 tn To retain the sense that the wicked do not suffer as others, this verse must either be taken as a question or a continuation of the question in v. 17.
2 tn The verb used actually means “rob.” It is appropriate to the image of a whirlwind suddenly taking away the wisp of straw.