New American Standard Bible
The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
King James Bible
The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah frustrateth the counsel of the nations; he maketh the thoughts of the peoples of none effect.
World English Bible
Yahweh brings the counsel of the nations to nothing. He makes the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect.
Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah made void the counsel of nations, He disallowed the thoughts of the peoples.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought - Margin: "maketh frustrate." The Hebrew word means to "break," or to "annul." The word here rendered "heathen" means "nations;" and the idea is that God, by his own overruling purpose and providence, frustrates the designs of the nations of the earth; that he carries forward his own designs and purposes in spite of theirs; that their plans avail nothing when they come in competition with his. their purposes must yield to His purpose. Compare Isaiah 8:9-10, note; Isaiah 19:3, note. All the plans and purposes of the nations of the earth that conflict with the purposes of God will be vain; all those plans, whatever they may be, will be made subservient under His providence to the promotion of His great designs.
He maketh the devices of the people of none effect - That is, He renders them vain, unsuccessful, ineffectual. The word "people" here is synonymous with "nations," and the idea is, that whatever may be the thoughts and purposes of human beings, if they are opposed to the plans of God, or if they do not tend to promote His glory, they will be rendered futile or vain. God is a great and glorious Sovereign over all, and He will make everything subordinate to the promotion of His own great designs.
LibraryThe Indwelling and Outgoing Works of God.
"And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth."--Psalm xxxiii. 6. The thorough and clear-headed theologians of the most flourishing periods of the Church used to distinguish between the indwelling and outgoing works of God. The same distinction exists to some extent in nature. The lion watching his prey differs widely from the lion resting among his whelps. See the blazing eye, the lifted head, the strained muscles and panting breath. One can see that the crouching lion is laboring intensely. …
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit
The Providence of God
The Power of God
"He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success.
Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?
His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish.
Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.
"Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a proposal, but it will not stand, For God is with us."
"Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them; And I will confound their strategy, So that they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead And to mediums and spiritists.
Causing the omens of boasters to fail, Making fools out of diviners, Causing wise men to draw back And turning their knowledge into foolishness,
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