Deuteronomy 32:17
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New International Version
They sacrificed to false gods, which are not God-- gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your ancestors did not fear.

New Living Translation
They offered sacrifices to demons, which are not God, to gods they had not known before, to new gods only recently arrived, to gods their ancestors had never feared.

English Standard Version
They sacrificed to demons that were no gods, to gods they had never known, to new gods that had come recently, whom your fathers had never dreaded.

New American Standard Bible
"They sacrificed to demons who were not God, To gods whom they have not known, New gods who came lately, Whom your fathers did not dread.

King James Bible
They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They sacrificed to demons, not God, to gods they had not known, new gods that had just arrived, which your fathers did not fear.

International Standard Version
They sacrificed to demons— not to the real God— gods whom they didn't know, new neighbors who had recently appeared, whom your ancestors never feared.

NET Bible
They sacrificed to demons, not God, to gods they had not known; to new gods who had recently come along, gods your ancestors had not known about.

New Heart English Bible
They sacrificed to demons, not God, to gods that they did not know, to new gods that came up recently, which your fathers did not dread.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They sacrificed to demons that are not God, to gods they never heard of. These were new gods, who came from nearby, gods your ancestors never worshiped.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They sacrificed unto demons, no-gods, Gods that they knew not, New gods that came up of late, Which your fathers dreaded not.

New American Standard 1977
“They sacrificed to demons who were not God,
            To gods whom they have not known,
            New gods who came lately,
            Whom your fathers did not dread.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They sacrificed unto devils, not to God, to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came from nearby, whom your fathers feared not.

King James 2000 Bible
They sacrificed unto demons, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came in of late, whom your fathers feared not.

American King James Version
They sacrificed to devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

American Standard Version
They sacrificed unto demons, which were no God, To gods that they knew not, To new gods that came up of late, Which your fathers dreaded not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They sacrificed to devils and not to God: to gods whom they knew not: that were newly come up, whom their fathers worshipped not.

Darby Bible Translation
They sacrificed unto demons who are not +God; To gods whom they knew not, To new ones, who came newly up, Whom your fathers revered not.

English Revised Version
They sacrificed unto demons, which were no God, To gods whom they knew not, To new gods that came up of late, Whom your fathers dreaded not.

Webster's Bible Translation
They sacrificed to devils, not to God; to gods which they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

World English Bible
They sacrificed to demons, [which were] no God, to gods that they didn't know, to new [gods] that came up of late, which your fathers didn't dread.

Young's Literal Translation
They sacrifice to demons -- no god! Gods they have not known -- New ones -- from the vicinity they came; Not feared them have your fathers!
Study Bible
The Song of Moses
16"They made Him jealous with strange gods; With abominations they provoked Him to anger. 17"They sacrificed to demons who were not God, To gods whom they have not known, New gods who came lately, Whom your fathers did not dread. 18"You neglected the Rock who begot you, And forgot the God who gave you birth.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:20
No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God. And I do not want you to be participants with demons.

Exodus 32:8
"They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and have sacrificed to it and said, 'This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!'"

Leviticus 17:7
"They shall no longer sacrifice their sacrifices to the goat demons with which they play the harlot. This shall be a permanent statute to them throughout their generations."'

Deuteronomy 28:64
"Moreover, the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone, which you or your fathers have not known.

Deuteronomy 32:21
They have made Me jealous with what is not God; They have provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation,

Judges 5:8
"New gods were chosen; Then war was in the gates. Not a shield or a spear was seen Among forty thousand in Israel.

Psalm 106:37
They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,

Jeremiah 44:3
because of their wickedness which they committed so as to provoke Me to anger by continuing to burn sacrifices and to serve other gods whom they had not known, neither they, you, nor your fathers.

Amos 5:25
"Did you present Me with sacrifices and grain offerings in the wilderness for forty years, O house of Israel?
Treasury of Scripture

They sacrificed to devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

sacrificed

Leviticus 17:7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices to devils, after whom …

Psalm 106:37,38 Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to devils…

1 Corinthians 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice …

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall …

Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet …

not to God. or, which were not God

Deuteronomy 32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have …

Jeremiah 10:15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation …

1 Corinthians 8:4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered …

1 Corinthians 10:19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered …

to gods

Deuteronomy 28:64 And the LORD shall scatter you among all people, from the one end …

Isaiah 44:8 Fear you not, neither be afraid: have not I told you from that time, …

to new gods

Judges 5:8 They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield …

(17) They sacrificed unto devils, not to God.--St. Paul repeats this expression in 1Corinthians 11:20.

Gods that came newly up.--Literally, that came from close at hand. Compare the description of the idol in Isaiah 44:15, easily made from the firewood; and see also Wisdom Of Solomon 13:13, "A carpenter taking a crooked piece of wood, and full of knots, hath carved it diligently, when he had nothing else to do"--a comment on the passage in Isaiah 44

Verse 17. - Devils; shedim, a word which occurs only here and Psalm 106:37. It stands connected with the verb שׁוּד, to rule, and means primarily "lords." The LXX. render by δαιμόνια, demons. In Assyrian it is said to be a name for demigods. Not to God; rather, to a not God, a composite term in apposition to shedim; the meaning is rightly given in the margin of the Authorized Version, "which were not God." To new gods that came newly up. The word rendered by "newly" (קָרוב) properly means "near;" it is an adjective both of place and of time; here it is the latter, equal to of a near time, recently - gods recently invented or discovered. They sacrificed to devils, not to God,.... Their sacrifices being continued, when it was the will of God they should cease, were reckoned by him not as, offered to him, but to demons, and to such that were not God; they being therein under the instigation of Satan, and doing his lusts, John 8:44; just as Pagans and Papists, worshipping idols under the influence and direction of Satan, are said to worship devils, and sacrifice to them, 1 Corinthians 10:20; and indeed setting up their own righteousness was sacrificing to their own net, and burning incense to their own drag, to an idol, and not to God: to which may be added, that whereas they trampled under foot the Son of God, and did despite to the Spirit of grace, by which Christ cast out devils, and offered himself without spot, they excluded two of the divine Persons in the Deity, and so worshipped not the true God, Father, Son, and Spirit:

to gods whom they knew not, to gods that came newly up; such as angels, into the worship of which they fell, as their writings testify (i), and to which the apostle seems to have respect, Colossians 2:18,

whom your fathers feared not; paid no regard unto, put no trust or confidence in; or, as the Targum of Jonathan,"with whom your fathers had nothing to do:''as they had not with the idol of man's righteousness, but wholly looked unto and trusted in the grace and righteousness of Christ, and expected salvation alone by him: the Gospel of righteousness and salvation by Christ was preached to our first parents in Eden's garden, which they embraced and believed in; Noah was an heir and preacher of the righteousness of faith, that is, of the righteousness of Christ, received by faith; that righteousness, which was what Abraham believed in, was imputed to him for his justifying righteousness; and Jacob waited for the Messiah, the salvation of God; in short all the Old Testament saints were saved by the grace of Christ, as we are; the idols, the works of men's own righteousness, are new deities they paid no deference to, placed no confidence in.

(i) Vid. Van Till in loc. 17. They sacrificed unto devils—(See on [168]Le 17:7).32:15-18 Here are two instances of the wickedness of Israel, each was apostacy from God. These people were called Jeshurun, an upright people, so some; a seeing people, so others: but they soon lost the reputation both of their knowledge and of their righteousness. They indulged their appetites, as if they had nothing to do but to make provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts of it. Those who make a god of themselves, and a god of their bellies, in pride and wantonness, and cannot bear to be told of it, thereby forsake God, and show they esteem him lightly. There is but one way of a sinner's acceptance and sanctification, however different modes of irreligion, or false religion, may show that favourable regard for other ways, which is often miscalled candid. How mad are idolaters, who forsake the Rock of salvation, to run themselves upon the rock of perdition!
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