Isaiah 40:17
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New International Version
Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.

New Living Translation
The nations of the world are worth nothing to him. In his eyes they count for less than nothing--mere emptiness and froth.

English Standard Version
All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.

New American Standard Bible
All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.

King James Bible
All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All the nations are as nothing before Him; they are considered by Him as nothingness and emptiness.

International Standard Version
All the nations are as nothing before him— they are reckoned by him as nothing and chaos.

NET Bible
All the nations are insignificant before him; they are regarded as absolutely nothing.

New Heart English Bible
All the nations are like nothing before him. They are regarded by him as less than nothing, and vanity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All the nations amount to nothing in his presence. He considers them less than nothing and worthless.

JPS Tanakh 1917
All the nations are as nothing before Him; They are accounted by Him as things of nought, and vanity.

New American Standard 1977
All the nations are as nothing before Him,
            They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All the Gentiles are as nothing before him, and they are counted to him as vanity and as less than nothing.

King James 2000 Bible
All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and worthless.

American King James Version
All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

American Standard Version
All the nations are as nothing before him; they are accounted by him as less than nothing, and vanity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All nations are before him as if they had no being at all, and are counted to him as nothing, and vanity.

Darby Bible Translation
All the nations are as nothing before him; they are esteemed by him less than a cipher, and vanity.

English Revised Version
All the nations are as nothing before him; they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

Webster's Bible Translation
All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

World English Bible
All the nations are like nothing before him. They are regarded by him as less than nothing, and vanity.

Young's Literal Translation
All the nations are as nothing before Him, Less than nothing and emptiness, They have been reckoned to Him.
Study Bible
Here is Your God!
16Even Lebanon is not enough to burn, Nor its beasts enough for a burnt offering. 17All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless. 18To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him?…
Cross References
Psalm 62:9
Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath.

Isaiah 2:22
Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?

Isaiah 29:7
And the multitude of all the nations who wage war against Ariel, Even all who wage war against her and her stronghold, and who distress her, Will be like a dream, a vision of the night.

Daniel 4:35
"All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, 'What have You done?'
Treasury of Scripture

All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

as nothing

Job 25:6 How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

Psalm 62:9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a …

Daniel 4:34,35 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes to …

2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; you have compelled me: for I ought …

(17) Less than nothing.--Literally, as things of nought.

Vanity.--Once more the tohu, or chaos, of Genesis 1:2--one of Isaiah's favourite phrases (Isaiah 24:10, Isa_29:21, Isa_34:11).

Verse 17. - All nations; rather, all the nations; i.e. all the nations of the earth put together. In ver. 15 single "nations" had been declared to be of no account; now the same is said of all the nations of the earth collectively. They are accounted of God as 'ephes, nothingness, and tohu, chaos or confusion. All nations before him are as nothing,.... As if they were nonentities, and were not real beings in comparison of him, who is the Being of beings, the author of all beings which exist in all nations; who are all in his sight, and are not only as grasshoppers, as is after mentioned, but even as nothing:

and they are counted to him as less than nothing, and vanity; if there is or could be such a thing less than nothing, that they are; and so they are accounted of by him; they are like the chaos out of which the earth was formed, when it was "tohu" and "bohu", the first of which words is used here; this serves to humble the pride of men, and to lessen the glory of the nations, and the inhabitants of them. 17. (Ps 62:9; Da 4:35).

less than nothing—Maurer translates, as in Isa 41:24, "of nothing" (partitively; or expressive of the nature of a thing), a mere nothing.

vanity—emptiness.40:12-17 All created beings shrink to nothing in comparison with the Creator. When the Lord, by his Spirit, made the world, none directed his Spirit, or gave advice what to do, or how to do it. The nations, in comparison of him, are as a drop which remains in the bucket, compared with the vast ocean; or as the small dust in the balance, which does not turn it, compared with all the earth. This magnifies God's love to the world, that, though it is of such small account and value with him, yet, for the redemption of it, he gave his only-begotten Son, Joh 3:16. The services of the church can make no addition to him. Our souls must have perished for ever, if the only Son of the Father had not given himself for us.
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