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Isaiah 40:23–24

23  dwho brings princes to nothing,

and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.

24  Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,

scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,

when he blows on them, and they wither,

eand the tempest carries them off like stubble.

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Isaiah 40:23–24 — The New International Version (NIV)

23 He brings princes to naught

and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

24 No sooner are they planted,

no sooner are they sown,

no sooner do they take root in the ground,

than he blows on them and they wither,

and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

Isaiah 40:23–24 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

23 That bringeth the princes to nothing;

He maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

24 Yea, they shall not be planted;

Yea, they shall not be sown:

Yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth:

And he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither,

And the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.

Isaiah 40:23–24 — New Living Translation (NLT)

23 He judges the great people of the world

and brings them all to nothing.

24 They hardly get started, barely taking root,

when he blows on them and they wither.

The wind carries them off like chaff.

Isaiah 40:23–24 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

23 He brings the princes to nothing;

He makes the judges of the earth useless.

24 Scarcely shall they be planted,

Scarcely shall they be sown,

Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth,

When He will also blow on them,

And they will wither,

And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.

Isaiah 40:23–24 — New Century Version (NCV)

23 He makes rulers unimportant

and the judges of this world worth nothing.

24 They are like plants that are placed in the ground,

like seeds that are planted.

As soon as they begin to grow strong,

he blows on them and they die,

and the wind blows them away like chaff.

Isaiah 40:23–24 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

23 that bringeth princes to nothing; that maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. 24 Yea, they have not been planted; yea, they have not been sown; yea, their stock hath not taken root in the earth: moreover he bloweth upon them, and they wither, and the whirlwind taketh them away as stubble.

Isaiah 40:23–24 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

23 that bringeth the princes to nothing, that maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. 24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely are they sown, scarcely hath their stock taken root in the earth, but he also bloweth upon them and they wither, and the whirlwind taketh them away as stubble.

Isaiah 40:23–24 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

23 He makes rulers unimportant

and makes earthly judges worth nothing.

24 They have hardly been planted.

They have hardly been sown.

They have hardly taken root in the ground.

Then he blows on them and they wither,

and a windstorm sweeps them away like straw.

Isaiah 40:23–24 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

23 He reduces princes to nothing

and makes judges of the earth irrational.

24 They are barely planted, barely sown,

their stem hardly takes root in the ground

when He blows on them and they wither,

and a whirlwind carries them away like stubble.

Isaiah 40:23–24 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

23 who brings princes to naught,

and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,

scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,

when he blows upon them, and they wither,

and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

Isaiah 40:23–24 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

23 the one who brings princes to nothing;

he makes rulers of the earth like nothing.

24 Indeed, hardly are they planted; indeed, hardly are they sown;

indeed, hardly has their shoot taken root in the earth

when he blows on them and they wither,

and the tempest carries them like stubble.

Isaiah 40:23–24 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

23 He takes the power of princes away from them.

He reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

24 They are planted.

They are scattered like seeds.

They put down roots in the ground.

But as soon as that happens, God blows on them and they dry up.

Then a windstorm sweeps them away like straw.

Isaiah 40:23–24 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

23 He it is who reduces rulers to nothing,

Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.

24 Scarcely have they been planted,

Scarcely have they been sown,

Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,

But He merely blows on them, and they wither,

And the storm carries them away like stubble.