Topical Index of Scriptures

Driven or Led?

Notice the difference between being "driven" and being "led":

Driven usually implies a controlling force pushing or forcing a passive subject (cattle, enemies, rebellious people, ship, etc):

"He is driven from light into darkness..." Job 18:18

"...until He has driven out His enemies from before Him."
Numbers 32:21

" shall be driven mad because of the sight which your eyes see."
Deuteronomy 28:34-35

“For the Lord has driven out from before you great and strong nations; but as for you, no one has been able to stand against you to this day."
Joshua 23:9

"David took all the flocks and herds they had driven before those other livestock."
1 Samuel 30:19-20

"Will You frighten a leaf driven to and fro?"
Job 13:25

"Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness." 
Isaiah 8:22

"But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds."
Jeremiah 23:3

"You shall be driven out, everyone headlong, and no one will gather those who wander off." 
Jeremiah 49:5

"But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him.  Then he was driven from the sons of men, his heart was made like the beasts."
Daniel 5:20-21

"But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."
James 1:6-8

"Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds."
James 3:4

Led or lead usually implies a  choice on the part of God's  people -- those who look to His Word and want to know and follow His ways:

 "And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way." Exodus 13:21

Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me." 
Psalm 43:3

"O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.”
Isaiah 3:12

"Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day."  Psalm 25:5

"I will lead them in paths they have not known.  I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. "
Isaiah 42:16

"Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me." 
Psalm 139:10

"...see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." 
Psalm 139:24

"Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness." 
Psalm 143:10

"I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;  I will lead them in paths they have not known.  I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. "
Isaiah 42:16

"And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever."
Matthew 6:13

"...for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” 
Revelation 7:17