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.

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.

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.

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

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.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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.

Isaiah 41:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Meaningless Idols
23Declare the things that are going to come afterward, That we may know that you are gods; Indeed, do good or evil, that we may anxiously look about us and fear together. 24Behold, you are of no account, And your work amounts to nothing; He who chooses you is an abomination. 25"I have aroused one from the north, and he has come; From the rising of the sun he will call on My name; And he will come upon rulers as upon mortar, Even as the potter treads clay."…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 8:4
So then, 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, and so will all who trust in them.

Proverbs 3:32
For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.

Proverbs 28:9
If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.

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

Isaiah 41:29
See, they are all false! Their deeds amount to nothing; their images are but wind and confusion.

Isaiah 44:9
All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.

Jeremiah 10:5
Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good."

Jeremiah 10:15
They are worthless, the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.
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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, …

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