Isaiah 41:24
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New International Version
But you are less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; whoever chooses you is detestable.

New Living Translation
But no! You are less than nothing and can do nothing at all. Those who choose you pollute themselves.

English Standard Version
Behold, you are nothing, and your work is less than nothing; an abomination is he who chooses you.

Berean Study Bible
Behold, you are nothing and your work is of no value. Anyone who chooses you is detestable.

New American Standard Bible
Behold, you are of no account, And your work amounts to nothing; He who chooses you is an abomination.

King James Bible
Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.

Christian Standard Bible
Look, you are nothing and your work is worthless. Anyone who chooses you is detestable.

Contemporary English Version
You idols are nothing, and you are powerless. To worship you would be disgusting.

Good News Translation
You and all you do are nothing; those who worship you are disgusting!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look, you are nothing and your work is worthless. Anyone who chooses you is detestable."

International Standard Version
"Look! You and your work are less than nothing; whoever finds you pleasing is disgusting."

NET Bible
Look, you are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent; the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting.

New Heart English Bible
Look, you are of nothing, and your work is of nothing. He who chooses you is an abomination.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You are nothing! You can't do anything! Whoever chooses you is disgusting.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, ye are nothing, And your work a thing of nought; An abomination is he that chooseth you.

New American Standard 1977
Behold, you are of no account, And your work amounts to nothing; He who chooses you is an abomination.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, ye are of nothing and your works of vanity; an abomination is he that chooses you.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, you are of nothing, and your work is nothing: an abomination is he that chooses you.

American King James Version
Behold, you are of nothing, and your work of nothing: an abomination is he that chooses you.

American Standard Version
Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work is of nought; an abomination is he that chooseth you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold, you are of nothing, and your work of that which hath no being: he that hath chosen you is an abomination.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, ye are less than nothing, and your work is of nought; an abomination is he that chooseth you. ...

English Revised Version
Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of naught: an abomination is he that chooseth you.

World English Bible
Behold, you are of nothing, and your work is of nothing. He who chooses you is an abomination.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought, An abomination -- it fixeth on you.
Study Bible
Meaningless Idols
23Tell us the things that are to come, so that we may know that you are gods. Yes, do something good or evil, that we may look on together in dismay. 24Behold, you are nothing and your work is of no value. Anyone who chooses you is detestable. 25“I have raised up one from the north, and he has come—one from the east who calls on My name. He will march over rulers as if they were mortar, like a potter who treads the clay.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 8:4
So about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world, and that there is no God but one.

Psalm 115:8
Those who make them will be like them, as will all who trust in them.

Proverbs 3:32
for the LORD detests the perverse, but He is a friend to the upright.

Proverbs 28:9
Whoever turns his ear away from hearing the law, even his prayer is detestable.

Isaiah 37:19
They have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but only wood and stone fashioned by human hands. So they have destroyed them.

Isaiah 41:29
See, they are all a delusion; their works amount to nothing; their images are as empty as the wind.

Isaiah 44:9
All makers of idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Their witnesses fail to see or know anything, so they are put to shame.

Jeremiah 10:5
Like scarecrows in a cucumber patch, their idols cannot speak. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them, for they can do no harm, and neither can they do any good.”

Jeremiah 10:15
They are worthless, a work to be mocked. In the time of their punishment, they will perish.

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, you are of nothing, and your work of nothing: an abomination is he that chooses you.

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Isaiah 41:29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten …

Isaiah 44:9,10 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable …

Psalm 115:8 They that make them are like to them; so is every one that trusts in them.

Jeremiah 10:8,14 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine …

Jeremiah 51:17,18 Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded …

1 Corinthians 8:4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered …

of nothing. or, worse than nothing. of nought. or, worse than of a viper. an abomination

Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look on the carcasses of the men that …

Deuteronomy 7:26 Neither shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you …

Deuteronomy 27:15 Cursed be the man that makes any graven or molten image, an abomination …

Revelation 17:5 And on her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, …







(24) Behold, ye are of nothing.--This is the summing up of the prophet, speaking as in the Judge's name. The idol was "nothing in the world" (1Corinthians 8:4). The demonic view of the gods of the heathen does not appear, as in St. Paul's argument (1Corinthians 10:20), side by side with that of their nothingness.

Verse 24. - A pause may be supposed between vers. 23 and 24, during which the idol-gods are given the opportunity of "bringing, forth their strong reasons," and, in one way or other, proving their Divinity. But they are stricken dumb; they say nothing. Accordingly, "judgment goes against them by default" (Cheyne), and Jehovah breaks out upon them with words of contempt and contumely, Behold, ye are of nothing, etc. "Ye are utterly vain and futile." Behold, ye are of nothing,.... Not as to the matter of them, for they were made of gold, silver, brass, &c. but as to the divinity of them: there was none in them, they were of no worth and value; they could do nothing, either good or evil, either help their friends, or hurt their enemies; yea, they were less than nothing; for the words may be rendered by way of comparison, "behold, ye are less than nothing"; (a). See Gill on Isaiah 40:17;

and your work of nought; the workmanship bestowed on them, in casting or carving them, was all to no purpose, and answered no end; or the work they did, or pretended to do, their feigned oracles, and false predictions: or, "worse than nothing": some render it, "worse than a viper" (b); a word like this is used for one, Isaiah 49:5 and so denotes the poisonous and pernicious effects of idolatry:

an abomination is he that chooseth you; as the object of his worship; he is not only abominable, but an abomination itself to God, and to all men of sense and religion; for the choice he makes of an idol to be his god shows him to be a man void of common sense and reason, and destitute of all true religion and godliness, and must be a stupid sottish creature. The Targum is,

"an abomination is that which ye have chosen for yourselves, or in which ye delight;''

meaning their idols. This is the final issue of the controversy, and the judgment passed both upon the idols and their worshippers.

(a) "vos minus quam nihil estis", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (b) "pejus opere viperae", Junius & Tremellius; "pejus est opere basilisci", Piscator. 24. of nothing—(See on [782]Isa 40:17). The Hebrew text is here corrupt; so English Version treats it.

abomination—abstract for concrete: not merely abominable, but the essence of whatever is so (De 18:12).

chooseth you—as an object of worship.41:21-29 There needs no more to show the folly of sin, than to bring to notice the reasons given in defence of it. There is nothing in idols worthy of regard. They are less than nothing, and worse than nothing. Let the advocates of other doctrines than that of salvation through Christ, bring their arguments. Can they tell of a cure for human depravity? Jehovah has power which cannot be withstood; this he will make appear. But the certain knowledge of the future must be only with Jehovah, who fulfils his own plans. All prophecies, except those of the Bible, have been uncertain. In the work of redemption the Lord showed himself much more than in the release of the Jews from Babylon. The good tidings the Lord will send in the gospel, is a mystery hid from ages and generations. A Deliverer is raised up for us, of nobler name and greater power than the deliverer of the captive Jews. May we be numbered among his obedient servants and faithful friends.



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