Isaiah 44:10
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New International Version
Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit nothing?

New Living Translation
Who but a fool would make his own god--an idol that cannot help him one bit?

English Standard Version
Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing?

New American Standard Bible
Who has fashioned a god or cast an idol to no profit?

King James Bible
Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who makes a god or casts a metal image for no profit?

International Standard Version
Who would shape a god or cast an image that profits nothing?

NET Bible
Who forms a god and casts an idol that will prove worthless?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Nothing comes from making gods or casting metal idols.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who has formed God? And who cast a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

King James 2000 Bible
Who fashions a god, or molds a graven image, that is profitable for nothing?

American King James Version
Who has formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

American Standard Version
Who hath fashioned a god, or molten an image that is profitable for nothing?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who hath formed a god, and made a graven thing that is profitable for nothing?

Darby Bible Translation
Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

English Revised Version
Who hath fashioned a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who hath formed a god, or cast a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

World English Bible
Who has fashioned a god, or molds an image that is profitable for nothing?

Young's Literal Translation
Who hath formed a god, And a molten image poured out -- not profitable?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

44:9-20 Image-making is described, to expose the folly of idolaters. Though a man had used part of a log for fuel, he fell down before an image made of the remainder, praying it to deliver him. Man greatly dishonours God, when he represents him after the image of man. Satan blinds the eyes of unbelievers, causing absurd reasonings in matters of religion. Whether men seek happiness in worldly things, or run into unbelief, superstition, or any false system, they feed on ashes. A heart deceived by pride, love of sin, and departure from God, turns men aside from his holy truth and worship. While the affections are depraved, a man holds fast the lie as his best treasure. Are our hearts set upon the wealth of the world and its pleasures? They will certainly prove a lie. If we trust to outward professions and doings, as if those would save us, we deceive ourselves. Self-suspicion is the first step towards self-deliverance. He that would deliver his soul, must question his conscience, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Who hath... molten a graven image? Metal idols were mostly cast in the first instance, and then finished off with a graving-tool. "Who hath molten" means "who has been so foolish as to do so - to take so much trouble about a thing which cannot possibly profit any one?"

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who hath formed a god,.... Who ever made one? was such a thing ever known? or can that be a god which is made or formed? who so mad, foolish and sottish, as to imagine he has made a god? or is it possible for a creature to be the maker of a god? or any so stupid as to fancy he had made one? yet such there were, so void of understanding and reason, and even common sense: "or molten a graven image": first melted it, and cast it into a mould, and then graved and polished it, and called it a god?

that is profitable for nothing? or seeing it "is profitable for nothing", as a god; cannot see the persons, nor hear the prayers, nor relieve the distresses of those that worship it; and therefore it must be great folly indeed to make an image for such a purpose, which answers no end.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. Who … ?—Sarcastic question: "How debased the man must be who forms a god!" It is a contradiction in terms. A made god, worshipped by its maker (1Co 8:4)!

Isaiah 44:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Folly of Idolatry
9Those who fashion a graven image are all of them futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame. 10Who has fashioned a god or cast an idol to no profit? 11Behold, all his companions will be put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame.…
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.

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

Isaiah 40:19
As for an idol, a metalworker casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it.

Isaiah 41:29
See, they are all false! Their deeds amount to nothing; their images are but wind and confusion.

Jeremiah 10:5
Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good."

Jeremiah 16:19
LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, "Our ancestors possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.

Habakkuk 2:18
"Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman? Or an image that teaches lies? For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.
Treasury of Scripture

Who has formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

1 Kings 12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and …

Jeremiah 10:5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs …

Daniel 3:1,14 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was three …

Habakkuk 2:18 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; …

Acts 19:26 Moreover you see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost …

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

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