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"And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters." Genesis 1:2

Representative Translations of the Hebrew Word Tohu

Genesis 1:2without formformlessformlesswithout form
Deut. 32:10wastewastebarrenwaste
1 Sam. 12:21vain thingsfutile thingsuselessempty things
1 Sam. 12:21vainfutileuselessempty things
Isaiah 24:10confusionchaosruinedwasted
Isaiah 29:21a thing of noughtmeaningless argumentsfalse testimonyempty plea
Isaiah 34:11confusiondesolationchaosconfusion
Isaiah 40:17vanitymeaninglessworthlessemptiness
Isaiah 40:23vanitymeaninglessnothingemptiness
Isaiah 41:29confusionemptinessconfusionempty
Isaiah 44:9vanityfutilenothingnothing
Isaiah 45:18in vainwaste placeemptyempty
Isaiah 45:19in vainwaste placein vainin vain
Isaiah 49:4for noughtfor nothingin vain ?for nothing
Isaiah 59:4vanityconfusionempty argumentsempty pleas
Jer. 4:23without formformlessformlesswithout form
Psalm 107:40wildernesspathless wastetrackless wastetrackless wastes
Job 6:18nothingnothingwastelandwaste
Job 12:24wildernesspathless wastetrackless wastepathless waste
Job 26:7empty placeempty spaceempty space(the) void

Representative Translations of the Hebrew Word Bohu

Genesis 1:2voidvoidemptyvoid
Isaiah 34:11emptinessemptinessdesolationemptiness
Jeremiah 4:23voidvoidemptyvoid

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(Scripture quotation taken from the NASB.)

Updated November 5, 2010
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