Isaiah 44:9
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New International Version
All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.

New Living Translation
How foolish are those who manufacture idols. These prized objects are really worthless. The people who worship idols don't know this, so they are all put to shame.

English Standard Version
All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame.

New American Standard Bible
Those 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.

King James Bible
They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All who make idols are nothing, and what they treasure does not profit. Their witnesses do not see or know anything, so they will be put to shame.

International Standard Version
Now, all the forming of images means nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Their own witnesses cannot see, and they know nothing. So they will be put to shame.

NET Bible
All who form idols are nothing; the things in which they delight are worthless. Their witnesses cannot see; they recognize nothing, so they are put to shame.

New Heart English Bible
Everyone who makes an engraved image is vain. The things that they delight in will not profit. Their own witnesses do not see, nor know, that they may be disappointed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All who make idols are nothing. Their precious treasures are worthless. Their own witnesses do not see or know anything, so they will be put to shame.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They that fashion a graven image are all of them vanity, And their delectable things shall not profit; And their own witnesses see not, nor know; That they may be ashamed.

New American Standard 1977
Those 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Those that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and that which is most precious to them is useful for nothing; and they are their own witnesses that they do not see, nor understand; therefore, they shall be ashamed.

King James 2000 Bible
They that make a graven image are all of them nothing; and their precious things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

American King James Version
They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

American Standard Version
They that fashion a graven image are all of them vanity; and the things that they delight in shall not profit; and their own witnesses see not, nor know: that they may be put to shame.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The makers of idols are all of them nothing, and their best beloved things shall not profit them. They are their witnesses, that they do not see, nor understand, that they may be ashamed.

Darby Bible Translation
They that form a graven image are all of them vanity, and their delectable things are of no profit; and they are their own witnesses: they see not, nor know; -- that they may be ashamed.

English Revised Version
They that fashion a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit: and their own witnesses see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

Webster's Bible Translation
They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

World English Bible
Everyone who makes an engraved image is vain. The things that they delight in will not profit. Their own witnesses don't see, nor know, that they may be disappointed.

Young's Literal Translation
Framers of a graven image are all of them emptiness, And their desirable things do not profit, And their own witnesses they are, They see not, nor know, that they may be ashamed.
Study Bible
The Folly of Idolatry
8Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.'" 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?…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 27:15
Cursed is the man who makes an idol or a molten image, an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.' And all the people shall answer and say, 'Amen.'

2 Kings 19:18
and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them.

Psalm 97:7
Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images, Who boast themselves of idols; Worship Him, all you gods.

Psalm 115:8
Those who make them will become like them, Everyone who trusts in them.

Isaiah 26:11
O LORD, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it. They see Your zeal for the people and are put to shame; Indeed, fire will devour Your enemies.

Isaiah 41:24
Behold, you are of no account, And your work amounts to nothing; He who chooses you is an abomination.

Isaiah 41:29
"Behold, all of them are false; Their works are worthless, Their molten images are wind and emptiness.

Isaiah 42:17
They will be turned back and be utterly put to shame, Who trust in idols, Who say to molten images, "You are our gods."

Isaiah 43:9
All the nations have gathered together So that the peoples may be assembled. Who among them can declare this And proclaim to us the former things? Let them present their witnesses that they may be justified, Or let them hear and say, "It is true."

Isaiah 44:11
Behold, 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.
Treasury of Scripture

They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

make

Isaiah 41:24,29 Behold, you are of nothing, and your work of nothing: an abomination …

Deuteronomy 27:15 Cursed be the man that makes any graven or molten image, an abomination …

Psalm 97:7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves …

Jeremiah 10:3-8,14,15 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of …

and their

Isaiah 2:20,21 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of …

Isaiah 37:18-20 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, …

Isaiah 46:1,2,6,7 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops, their idols were on the beasts, and on …

Judges 10:14 Go and cry to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you …

1 Kings 18:26-40 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed …

1 Kings 2:11,27,28 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven …

1 Kings 14:22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him …

1 Kings 16:19,20 For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of the LORD, …

Daniel 5:23 But have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven; and they …

Hosea 8:4-6 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and …

Habakkuk 2:18-20 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; …

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

delectable. Heb. desirable

Daniel 11:38 But in his estate shall he honor the God of forces: and a god whom …

their own

Isaiah 44:18,20 They have not known nor understood: for he has shut their eyes, that …

Isaiah 42:18 Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see.

Isaiah 43:8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

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

Psalm 115:8 They that make them are like to them; so is every one that trusts in them.

Psalm 135:18 They that make them are like to them: so is every one that trusts in them.

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life …

Ephesians 5:8 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: …

(9) Are all of them vanity . . .--Once more Isaiah's favourite tohu--the symbol of the primeval chaos.

Their delectable things . . .--The generic term used for works of art (Isaiah 2:16), specially for what men delight to worship. (Comp. Isaiah 64:11; Lamentations 1:10.)

They are their own witnesses . . .--Better, their witnesses (i.e., the worshippers who sing their praises) see not and know not.

Verses 9-20. - The uniqueness of God having been set forth, the prophet now turns to the images and the image-makers, overwhelming them with his scorn and ridicule. The passage may be compared with Jeremiah 10:3-10 and Baruch 6:8-72. Verse 9. - They that make a graven image are... vanity; rather, are confusion. The word used is tohu, which, together with bohu, describes the primitive chaos in Genesis 1:2 (comp. Isaiah 24:10; Isaiah 34:11; Isaiah 40:17, 23; Isaiah 41:29; Isaiah 59:4). Their delectable things shall not profit. "Their delectable things" are their idols, which are "pets, favourites, treasures." These cannot possibly be of any advantage to them. They are their own witnesses. Their powerlessness stands confessed in their very appearance, since they are manifestly sightless and senseless. That they may be ashamed. The subject of this clause cannot be sought in the earlier part of the verse. It is the idol-makers that will be put to shame. They that make a graven image are all of them vanity,.... They show themselves to be vain men, by making such vain things as graven images are; both images, makers, and worshippers of them are all vain, yea vanity itself:

and their delectable things shall not profit; their idols made of gold and silver, or covered with them, and adorned with precious stones, and so delightful and desirable, are of no manner of profit and advantage, unless the matter they are made of, and the ornaments about them, were converted to other uses; yet not as gods, and worshipped as such, who can be of no service to their worshippers to help them in distress, or save them from ruin:

and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know that they may be ashamed; they that made them must be witnesses against themselves, and the idols they have made; they must be convicted in their own consciences that they cannot be gods; they must be sensible that they have no sight nor knowledge of persons and things; that they cannot see, nor know their worshippers, nor their wants, and cannot give them relief; and this they ought to acknowledge to their own shame that made them, and that their worshippers of them might be ashamed also. 9. (Isa 40:18, 20; 41:29).

delectable things—the idols in which they take such pride and delight.

not profit—(Hab 2:18).

they are their own witnesses—contrasted with, "Ye are My witnesses" (Isa 44:8). "They," that is, both the makers and the idols, are witnesses against themselves, for the idols palpably see and know nothing (Ps 115:4-8).

that they may be ashamed—the consequence deducible from the whole previous argument, not merely from the words immediately preceding, as in Isa 28:13; 36:12. I say all this to show that they are doomed to perish with shame, which is their only fitting end.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?
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