Isaiah 40:17
New International Version
Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.

New Living Translation
The nations of the world are worth nothing to him. In his eyes they count for less than nothing— mere emptiness and froth.

English Standard Version
All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.

Berean Study Bible
All the nations are as nothing before Him; He regards them as nothingness and emptiness.

King James Bible
All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

New King James Version
All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.

New American Standard Bible
All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.

NASB 1995
All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.

NASB 1977
All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.

Amplified Bible
All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.

Christian Standard Bible
All the nations are as nothing before him; they are considered by him as empty nothingness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All the nations are as nothing before Him; they are considered by Him as nothingness and emptiness.

American Standard Version
All the nations are as nothing before him; they are accounted by him as less than nothing, and vanity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And all the nations are considered as nothing to him. They are considered by him for destruction and for the sword

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and all the nations are as nothing, and counted as nothing.

Contemporary English Version
God thinks of the nations as far less than nothing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All nations are before him as if they had no being at all, and are counted to him as nothing, and vanity.

English Revised Version
All the nations are as nothing before him; they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

Good News Translation
The nations are nothing at all to him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All the nations amount to nothing in his presence. He considers them less than nothing and worthless.

International Standard Version
All the nations are as nothing before him— they are reckoned by him as nothing and chaos.

JPS Tanakh 1917
All the nations are as nothing before Him; They are accounted by Him as things of nought, and vanity.

Literal Standard Version
All the nations [are] as nothing before Him, Less than nothing and emptiness, They have been reckoned to Him.

NET Bible
All the nations are insignificant before him; they are regarded as absolutely nothing.

New Heart English Bible
All the nations are like nothing before him. They are regarded by him as less than nothing, 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Here is Your God!
16Lebanon is not sufficient for fuel, nor its animals enough for a burnt offering. 17All the nations are as nothing before Him; He regards them as nothingness and emptiness. 18To whom will you liken God? To what image will you compare Him?…

Cross References
Psalm 62:9
Lowborn men are but a vapor, the exalted but a lie. Weighed on the scale, they go up; together they are but a vapor.

Isaiah 2:22
Put no more trust in man, who has only the breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?

Isaiah 29:7
All the many nations going out to battle against Ariel--even all who war against her, laying siege and attacking her--will be like a dream, like a vision in the night,

Daniel 4:35
All the peoples of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does as He pleases with the army of heaven and the peoples of the earth. There is no one who can restrain His hand or say to Him, 'What have You done?'"


Treasury of Scripture

All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

as nothing

Job 25:6
How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

Psalm 62:9
Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

Daniel 4:34,35
And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: …









(17) Less than nothing.--Literally, as things of nought.

Vanity.--Once more the tohu, or chaos, of Genesis 1:2--one of Isaiah's favourite phrases (Isaiah 24:10, Isa_29:21, Isa_34:11).

Verse 17. - All nations; rather, all the nations; i.e. all the nations of the earth put together. In ver. 15 single "nations" had been declared to be of no account; now the same is said of all the nations of the earth collectively. They are accounted of God as 'ephes, nothingness, and tohu, chaos or confusion.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
All
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the nations
הַגּוֹיִ֖ם (hag·gō·w·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

are as nothing
כְּאַ֣יִן (kə·’a·yin)
Preposition-k | Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

before Him;
נֶגְדּ֑וֹ (neḡ·dōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5048: A front, part opposite, a counterpart, mate, over against, before

He regards them
נֶחְשְׁבוּ־ (neḥ·šə·ḇū-)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 2803: To think, account

as nothingness
מֵאֶ֥פֶס (mê·’e·p̄es)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 657: Cessation, an end, no further, the ankle, foot

and emptiness.
וָתֹ֖הוּ (wā·ṯō·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8414: A desolation, desert, a worthless thing, in vain


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