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

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

Darby Bible Translation
that bringeth the princes to nothing, that maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

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;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

As a curtain "As a thin veil" - "It is usual in the summer season, and upon all occasions when a large company is to be received, to have the court sheltered from heat or inclemency of the weather by a velum, umbrella, or veil, as I shall call it; which being expanded on ropes from one side of the parapet wall to the other, may be folded or unfolded at pleasure. The psalmist seems to allude to some covering of this kind in that beautiful expression of spreading out the heavens like a curtain." - Shaw's Travels, p. 274.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Isaiah 19:13,14 The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt...

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

Job 12:21 He pours contempt on princes, and weakens the strength of the mighty.

Job 34:19,20 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor...

Psalm 76:12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.

Psalm 107:40 He pours contempt on princes, and causes them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.

Jeremiah 25:18-27 To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment...

Luke 1:52,52 He has put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree...

Revelation 19:18-20 That you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses...

Library
April 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
'O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain: O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!'--ISAIAH xl. 9. There is something very grand in these august and mysterious voices which call one to another in the opening verses of this chapter. First, the purged ear of the prophet hears the divine command to him and to his brethren--Comfort Jerusalem with the message of the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

8Th Day. Reviving Grace.
"He is Faithful that Promised." "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint."--ISAIAH xl. 31. Reviving Grace. "Wilt thou not revive us, O Lord?" My soul! art thou conscious of thy declining state? Is thy walk less with God, thy frame less heavenly? Hast thou less conscious nearness to the mercy-seat,--diminished communion with thy Saviour? Is prayer less a privilege than it has
John Ross Macduff—The Faithful Promiser

"And the Redeemer Shall Come unto Zion, and unto them that Turn,"
Isaiah lix. 20.--"And the Redeemer shall come unto Zion, and unto them that turn," &c. Doctrines, as things, have their seasons and times. Every thing is beautiful in its season. So there is no word of truth, but it hath a season and time in which it is beautiful. And indeed that is a great part of wisdom, to bring forth everything in its season, to discern when and where, and to whom it is pertinent and edifying, to speak such and such truths. But there is one doctrine that is never out of season,
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

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

Psalm 107:40
he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste.

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

Isaiah 34:12
Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom, all her princes will vanish away.

Jeremiah 25:18
Jerusalem and the towns of Judah, its kings and officials, to make them a ruin and an object of horror and scorn, a curse --as they are today;

Amos 2:3
I will destroy her ruler and kill all her officials with him," says the LORD.

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