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.
Darby Bible Translation
All the nations are as nothing before him; they are esteemed by him less than a cipher, 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Are as nothing - This expresses literally what had been expressed by the beautiful and striking imagery above.
Less than nothing - A strong hyperbolic expression denoting the utter insignificance of the nations as compared with God. Such expressions are common in the Scriptures.
And vanity - Hebrew, תהו tôhû - 'Emptiness;' the word which in Genesis 1:2 is rendered 'without form.'
LibraryUnfailing Stabs and Fainting Men
'...For that He is strong in power; not one faileth.... He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.'-- ISAIAH xl. 26 and 29. These two verses set forth two widely different operations of the divine power as exercised in two sadly different fields, the starry heavens and this weary world. They are interlocked, as it were, by the recurrence in the latter of the emphatic words of the former. The one verse says, 'He is strong in power'; the other, 'He giveth …
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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.
Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?
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.
"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?'
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