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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

New American Standard 1977
“And there you will serve gods, the work of man’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor 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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
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 as you see and hear, not only in Ephesus, but in nearly the whole province of Asia, Paul has persuaded a great number of people to turn away. He says that man-made gods 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 works of their hands. They did not stop worshiping demons and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk.

Deuteronomy 28:36
"The LORD will bring you and your king, whom you set over you, to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone.

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 29:17
moreover, you have seen their abominations and their idols of wood, stone, silver, and gold, which they had with them);

Psalm 115:4
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man's hands.

Psalm 135:15
The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, The work of man's hands.

Isaiah 26:14
The dead will not live, the departed spirits will not rise; Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, And You have wiped out all remembrance of them.

Isaiah 44:12
The man shapes iron into a cutting tool and does his work over the coals, fashioning it with hammers and working it with his strong arm. He also gets hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary.

Jeremiah 16:13
'So I will hurl you out of this land into the land which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers; and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will grant you no favor.'
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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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