New International Version
Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.
King James Bible
All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
Darby Bible Translation
All the nations are as nothing before him; they are esteemed by him less than a cipher, 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.
Isaiah 40:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And Lebanon is not sufficient - The image is beautiful and uncommon. It has been imitated by an apocryphal writer, who however comes far short of the original: -
"For all sacrifice is too little for a sweet savor unto thee:
And all the fat is not sufficient for thy burnt-offering."
Does not the prophet mean here that all the burnt-offerings and sacrifices that could be offered were insufficient to atone for sin? That the nations were as nothing before him, not merely because of his immensity, but because of their insufficiency to make any atonement by their oblations for the iniquities which they had committed? Therefore the Redeemer was to come to Zion, etc.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 18. "They Shall Mount up with Wings" (Isa. Xl. 31).
"They shall mount up with wings" (Isa. xl. 31). "They shall mount up with wings as eagles," is God's preliminary; for the next promise is, "They shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint." Hours of holy exultation are necessary for hours of patient plodding, waiting and working. Nature has its springs, and so has grace. Let us rejoice in the Lord evermore, and again we say, rejoice. And let us take Him to be our continual joy, whose heart is a fountain of blessedness, and who …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
O Thou that Bringest Good Tidings
8Th Day. Reviving Grace.
"And the Redeemer Shall Come unto Zion, and unto them that Turn,"
Surely the lowborn are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie. If weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.
Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Ariel, that attack her and her fortress and besiege her, will be as it is with a dream, with a vision in the night--
All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?"
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