Isaiah 40:17

17 Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.

Read Isaiah 40:17 Using Other Translations

All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
The nations of the world are worth nothing to him. In his eyes they count for less than nothing— mere emptiness and froth.

What does Isaiah 40:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 40:17

All nations before him are as nothing
As if they were nonentities, and were not real beings in comparison of him, who is the Being of beings, the author of all beings which exist in all nations; who are all in his sight, and are not only as grasshoppers, as is after mentioned, but even as nothing: and they are counted to him as less than nothing, and vanity;
if there is or could be such a thing less than nothing, that they are; and so they are accounted of by him; they are like the chaos out of which the earth was formed, when it was "tohu" and "bohu", the first of which words is used here; this serves to humble the pride of men, and to lessen the glory of the nations, and the inhabitants of them.

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