Isaiah 34:12
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New American Standard Bible
Its nobles-- there is no one there Whom they may proclaim king-- And all its princes will be nothing.

King James Bible
They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing.

Darby Bible Translation
Of her nobles who should proclaim the kingdom, none are there; and all her princes shall be nought.

World English Bible
They shall call its nobles to the kingdom, but none shall be there; and all its princes shall be nothing.

Young's Literal Translation
To the kingdom her freemen they call, But there are none there, And all her princes are at an end.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom - A more correct rendering of this would be, 'As to the nobles, they shall call them, but there shall be there no kingdom.' The idea is, that the kingdom would be desolate; there would be no people to rule. Or, there will be no nobles there who shall survive the destruction, and who can undertake the government of the state. The idea is taken from a government or constitution where the monarch is chosen from the ranks of the nobility. Idumea was formerly governed, as we have seen (see the Introduction to the chapter), by dukes or princes; and it is probable that when it became a monarchy it was a part of the constitution that the sovereign should be chosen from their ranks. The idea here is, that none would be left who could be called to the throne; or if any were left, they would be unwilling to undertake the government of a country where all was disorder and confusion.

And all her princes shall be nothing - Long since Idumea has ceased to be a kingdom, and there are neither nobles nor princes there, nor are there any remains of an organized and independent government.

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Library
How the Simple and the Crafty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 12.) Differently to be admonished are the simple and the insincere. The simple are to be praised for studying never to say what is false, but to be admonished to know how sometimes to be silent about what is true. For, as falsehood has always harmed him that speaks it, so sometimes the hearing of truth has done harm to some. Wherefore the Lord before His disciples, tempering His speech with silence, says, I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now (Joh. xvi. 12).
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Isaiah
CHAPTERS I-XXXIX Isaiah is the most regal of the prophets. His words and thoughts are those of a man whose eyes had seen the King, vi. 5. The times in which he lived were big with political problems, which he met as a statesman who saw the large meaning of events, and as a prophet who read a divine purpose in history. Unlike his younger contemporary Micah, he was, in all probability, an aristocrat; and during his long ministry (740-701 B.C., possibly, but not probably later) he bore testimony, as
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Isaiah 40:23
He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.

Isaiah 41:11
"Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.

Isaiah 41:12
"You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them, Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.

Jeremiah 27:20
which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon did not take when he carried into exile Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, from Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 39:6
Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes at Riblah; the king of Babylon also slew all the nobles of Judah.

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