Deuteronomy 4:28
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New International Version
There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell.

New Living Translation
There, in a foreign land, you will worship idols made from wood and stone--gods that neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

English Standard Version
And there you will serve gods of wood and stone, the work of human hands, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

New American Standard Bible
"There you will serve gods, the work of man's hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

King James Bible
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see, hear, eat, or smell.

International Standard Version
There you'll serve gods made by human hands, serving trees and stones that cannot see, hear, eat, nor smell.

NET Bible
There you will worship gods made by human hands--wood and stone that can neither see, hear, eat, nor smell.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There you will worship wooden and stone gods made by human hands. These gods can't see, hear, eat, or smell.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

King James 2000 Bible
And there you shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

American King James Version
And there you shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

American Standard Version
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there you shah serve gods, that were framed with men's hands: wood and stone, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Darby Bible Translation
And ye shall there serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

English Revised Version
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

World English Bible
There you shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Young's Literal Translation
and ye have served there gods, work of man's hands, wood and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:24-40 Moses urged the greatness, glory, and goodness of God. Did we consider what a God he is with whom we have to do, we should surely make conscience of our duty to him, and not dare to sin against him. Shall we forsake a merciful God, who will never forsake us, if we are faithful unto him? Whither can we go? Let us be held to our duty by the bonds of love, and prevailed with by the mercies of God to cleave to him. Moses urged God's authority over them, and their obligations to him. In keeping God's commandments they would act wisely for themselves. The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. Those who enjoy the benefit of Divine light and laws, ought to support their character for wisdom and honour, that God may be glorified thereby. Those who call upon God, shall certainly find him within call, ready to give an answer of peace to every prayer of faith. All these statutes and judgments of the Divine law are just and righteous, above the statutes and judgments of any of the nations. What they saw at mount Sinai, gave an earnest of the day of judgment, in which the Lord Jesus shall be revealed in flaming fire. They must also remember what they heard at mount Sinai. God manifests himself in the works of the creation, without speech or language, yet their voice is heard, Ps 19:1,3; but to Israel he made himself known by speech and language, condescending to their weakness. The rise of this nation was quite different from the origin of all other nations. See the reasons of free grace; we are not beloved for our own sakes, but for Christ's sake. Moses urged the certain benefit and advantage of obedience. This argument he had begun with, ver. 1, That ye may live, and go in and possess the land; and this he concludes with, ver. 40, That it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee. He reminds them that their prosperity would depend upon their piety. Apostacy from God would undoubtedly be the ruin of their nation. He foresees their revolt from God to idols. Those, and those only, shall find God to their comfort, who seek him with all their heart. Afflictions engage and quicken us to seek God; and, by the grace of God working with them, many are thus brought back to their right mind. When these things are come upon thee, turn to the Lord thy God, for thou seest what comes of turning from him. Let all the arguments be laid together, and then say, if religion has not reason on its side. None cast off the government of their God, but those who first abandon the understanding of a man.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone,.... Idols made by men, cut out of wood and stone; these they should be enticed into the service of, or compelled to serve; which was still more brutish and stupid than to worship the sun, moon, and stars, which were not the works of men's hand, but the glorious works of the eternal God. But since in their captivities they were not subject to idolatry, but were cured of it thereby, another sense of the words is given by some, as by Onkelos and Jonathan, who paraphrase the words of serving the people, that serve idols; but what follows confirms the first sense:

which neither see, nor hear, nor taste, nor smell; senseless things, which have none of the senses of seeing, hearing, and smelling, nor the faculty of eating, which they need not to support life, of which they are destitute; and therefore it must be monstrous stupidity to worship such lifeless, senseless, objects; see Psalm 115:4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands—The compulsory measures of their tyrannical conquerors would force them into idolatry, so that their choice would become their punishment.

Deuteronomy 4:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
Warning against Idolatry
27"The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD drives you. 28"There you will serve gods, the work of man's hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. 29"But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.…
Cross References
Acts 19:26
And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all.

Revelation 9:20
The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood--idols that cannot see or hear or walk.

Deuteronomy 28:36
The LORD will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your ancestors. There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone.

Deuteronomy 28:64
Then the LORD will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods--gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known.

Deuteronomy 29:17
You saw among them their detestable images and idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold.

Psalm 115:4
But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.

Psalm 135:15
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands.

Isaiah 26:14
They are now dead, they live no more; their spirits do not rise. You punished them and brought them to ruin; you wiped out all memory of them.

Isaiah 44:12
The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.

Jeremiah 16:13
So I will throw you out of this land into a land neither you nor your ancestors have known, and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.'
Treasury of Scripture

And there you shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

ye shall

Deuteronomy 28:36,64 The LORD shall bring you, and your king which you shall set over …

1 Samuel 26:19 Now therefore, I pray you, let my lord the king hear the words of …

Jeremiah 16:13 Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that you know …

Ezekiel 20:32,39 And that which comes into your mind shall not be at all, that you …

Acts 7:42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; …

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Psalm 115:4-7 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands…

Psalm 135:15,16 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands…

Isaiah 44:9 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable …

Isaiah 45:20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you that are escaped …

Isaiah 46:7 They bear him on the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his …

Jeremiah 10:3,9 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of …

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