Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
 

40:15 the nations. The old cliche, “like a drop in a bucket,” originated in this verse, with its striking evaluation of the world’s great nations in comparison to the greatness of God.


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