New American Standard Bible
He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.
King James Bible
That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
Darby Bible Translation
that bringeth the princes to nothing, that maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
World English Bible
who brings princes to nothing; who makes the judges of the earth like meaningless.
Young's Literal Translation
He who is making princes become nothing, Judges of earth as emptiness hath made;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
That bringeth the princes to nothing - That is, all princes and kings. No matter how great their power, their wealth, and their dignity, they are, by his hand, reduced to nothing before him. The design of this passage is to contrast the majesty of God with that of princes and nobles, and to show how far he excels them all. The general truth is therefore stated, that all monarchs are by him removed from their thrones, and consigned to nothing. The same idea is expressed in Job 12:21 :
He poureth contempt upon princes,
And weakeneth the strength of the mighty.
And in Psalm 107:40 :
He poureth contempt upon princes,
And causeth them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way.
The particular idea here, as appears from the next verse, is, that the princes and rulers who are opposed to God constitute no real resistance to the execution of his purposes. He can strip off their honors and glory, and obliterate even their names.
He maketh the judges of the earth - Kings and princes often executed judgment personally, and hence, the words judges and kings seem to be synonymous as they are used here, and in Psalm 2:10 :
Be wise now, therefore, O ye kings;
Be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
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'...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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"He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong.
He pours contempt upon princes And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight!
Its nobles-- there is no one there Whom they may proclaim king-- And all its princes will be nothing.
Jerusalem and the cities of Judah and its kings and its princes, to make them a ruin, a horror, a hissing and a curse, as it is this day;
"I will also cut off the judge from her midst And slay all her princes with him," says the LORD.
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