Isaiah 40:23
New International Version
He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

New Living Translation
He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing.

English Standard Version
who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.

Berean Study Bible
He brings the princes to nothing and makes the rulers of the earth meaningless.

King James Bible
That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

New King James Version
He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless.

New American Standard Bible
It is He who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.

NASB 1995
He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.

NASB 1977
He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.

Amplified Bible
It is He who reduces dignitaries to nothing, Who makes the judges (rulers) of the earth meaningless (useless).

Christian Standard Bible
He reduces princes to nothing and makes judges of the earth like a wasteland.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He reduces princes to nothing and makes judges of the earth irrational.

American Standard Version
that bringeth princes to nothing; that maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who made the Rulers nothing and the Judges of the Earth as if they are not

Brenton Septuagint Translation
he that appoints princes to rule as nothing, and has made the earth as nothing.

Contemporary English Version
God brings down rulers and turns them into nothing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that bringeth the searchers of secrets to nothing, that hath made the judges of the earth as vanity.

English Revised Version
that bringeth princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

Good News Translation
He brings down powerful rulers and reduces them to nothing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He makes rulers unimportant and makes earthly judges worth nothing.

International Standard Version
who brings princes to nothing, and makes void the rulers of the earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That bringeth princes to nothing; He maketh the judges of the earth as a thing of nought.

Literal Standard Version
He who is making princes become nothing, Has made judges of earth formless;

NET Bible
He is the one who reduces rulers to nothing; he makes the earth's leaders insignificant.

New Heart English Bible
who brings princes to nothing; who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.

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;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Here is Your God!
22He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth; its dwellers are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. 23He brings the princes to nothing and makes the rulers of the earth meaningless. 24No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner have their stems taken root in the ground, than He blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like stubble.…

Cross References
Job 12:21
He pours out contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty.

Psalm 107:40
He pours out contempt on the nobles and makes them wander in a trackless wasteland.

Isaiah 5:21
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.

Isaiah 34:12
No nobles will be left to proclaim a king, and all her princes will come to nothing.

Jeremiah 25:18
to make them a ruin, an object of horror and contempt and cursing, as they are to this day--Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, its kings and officials;

Amos 2:3
I will cut off the ruler of Moab and kill all the officials with him," says the LORD.


Treasury of Scripture

That brings the princes to nothing; he makes the judges of the earth as vanity.

Isaiah 19:13,14
The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, even they that are the stay of the tribes thereof…

Isaiah 23:9
The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.

Isaiah 24:21,22
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth…









(23) That bringeth the princes to nothing.--The words imply, like those of Isaiah 14:9, the prophetic strain of experience. The past is full of the records of kingdoms that are no more; so also shall the future be; mortalia facta peribunt. In "vanity" we have the familiar tohu once more.

Verse 23. - The princes... the judges; rather, princes, judges. The entire class of such is meant, not any special individuals (comp. Psalm 107:40; Job 12:19-21). As vanity; or, as chaos - the same word that is used in ver. 17.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He brings
הַנּוֹתֵ֥ן (han·nō·w·ṯên)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

the princes
רוֹזְנִ֖ים (rō·wz·nîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 7336: To be weighty, judicious or commanding

to nothing
לְאָ֑יִן (lə·’ā·yin)
Preposition-l | Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

and makes
עָשָֽׂה׃ (‘ā·śāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

the judges
שֹׁ֥פְטֵי (šō·p̄ə·ṭê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's 8199: To judge, pronounce sentence, to vindicate, punish, to govern, to litigate

of the earth
אֶ֖רֶץ (’e·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

meaningless.
כַּתֹּ֥הוּ (kat·tō·hū)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8414: A desolation, desert, a worthless thing, in vain


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