Deuteronomy 4:17
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New International Version
or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air,

New Living Translation
an animal on the ground, a bird in the sky,

English Standard Version
the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air,

New American Standard Bible
the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky,

King James Bible
The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
or the form of any beast on the earth, any winged creature that flies in the sky,

International Standard Version
any animal on earth, any winged bird that flies in the sky,

NET Bible
any kind of land animal, any bird that flies in the sky,

New Heart English Bible
the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
any animal on earth, any creature with wings that flies,

JPS Tanakh 1917
the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the heaven,

New American Standard 1977
the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky,

Jubilee Bible 2000
the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flies in the air,

King James 2000 Bible
The likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flies in the air,

American King James Version
The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flies in the air,

American Standard Version
the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flieth in the heavens,

Douay-Rheims Bible
The similitude of any beasts, that are upon the earth, or of birds, that fly under heaven,

Darby Bible Translation
the pattern of any beast that is on the earth, the pattern of any winged fowl that flieth in the heaven,

English Revised Version
the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the heaven,

Webster's Bible Translation
The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,

World English Bible
the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky,

Young's Literal Translation
a form of any beast which is in the earth -- a form of any winged bird which flieth in the heavens --
Study Bible
Warning against Idolatry
16so that you do not act corruptly and make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky, 18the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water below the earth.…
Cross References
Romans 1:23
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

Deuteronomy 4:18
the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water below the earth.
Treasury of Scripture

The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flies in the air,

In these verses there is an evident allusion to the idolatrous worship in Egypt. Among the Egyptians, almost everything in nature was the object of their idolatry; among BEASTS were oxen heifers, sheep, goats, lions, dogs, monkeys, and cats; among BIRDS, the ibis, crane, and hawk; among REPTILES, the crocodile, serpents, frogs, flies, and beetles; all the FISH of the Nile, and the Nile itself; besides the sun, moon, planets, stars, fire, light, air, darkness, and night. These are all included in the very circumstantial prohibition in the text, and very forcibly in the general terms of Ex.

Deuteronomy 20:4 For the LORD your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you …

Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made …

Verses 17, 18. - The likeness - the figure - of any beast, etc. A warning against the animal-worship of Egypt. The likeness of any beast that is on the earth,.... As there are scarce any but the likeness of them has been made and worshipped, or the creatures themselves, as the ox by the Egyptians, the sheep by the Thebans, the goat by the Mendesians, and others by different people:

the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air; as the hawk, and the bird called Ibis, and another by the name of Cneph by the Egyptians, and the eagle by others. 4:1-23 The power and love of God to Israel are here made the ground and reason of a number of cautions and serious warnings; and although there is much reference to their national covenant, yet all may be applied to those who live under the gospel. What are laws made for but to be observed and obeyed? Our obedience as individuals cannot merit salvation; but it is the only evidence that we are partakers of the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ, Considering how many temptations we are compassed with, and what corrupt desires we have in our bosoms, we have great need to keep our hearts with all diligence. Those cannot walk aright, who walk carelessly. Moses charges particularly to take heed of the sin of idolatry. He shows how weak the temptation would be to those who thought aright; for these pretended gods, the sun, moon, and stars, were only blessings which the Lord their God had imparted to all nations. It is absurd to worship them; shall we serve those that were made to serve us? Take heed lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God. We must take heed lest at any time we forget our religion. Care, caution, and watchfulness, are helps against a bad memory.
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