Jeremiah 10:4
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New International Version
They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.

New Living Translation
They decorate it with gold and silver and then fasten it securely with hammer and nails so it won't fall over.

English Standard Version
They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move.

Berean Study Bible
They adorn it with silver and gold and fasten it with hammer and nails, so that it will not totter.

New American Standard Bible
"They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter.

King James Bible
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

Christian Standard Bible
He decorates it with silver and gold. It is fastened with hammer and nails, so it won't totter.

Contemporary English Version
cover it with silver and gold, and then nail it down so it won't fall over.

Good News Translation
and decorated with silver and gold. It is fastened down with nails to keep it from falling over.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He decorates it with silver and gold. It is fastened with hammer and nails, so it won't totter.

International Standard Version
They decorate it with silver and gold. They secure it with nails and hammers so it won't totter.

NET Bible
He decorates it with overlays of silver and gold. He uses hammer and nails to fasten it together so that it will not fall over.

New Heart English Bible
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it not move.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Craftsmen decorate them with silver and gold and fasten them [together] with hammers and nails so that they won't fall over.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They deck it with silver and with gold, They fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

New American Standard 1977
“They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails, that it not move.

King James 2000 Bible
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it moves not.

American King James Version
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

American Standard Version
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath decked it with silver and gold: he hath put it together with nails and hammers, that it may not fall asunder.

Darby Bible Translation
they deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

English Revised Version
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

Webster's Bible Translation
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it may not move.

World English Bible
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it not move.

Young's Literal Translation
With silver and with gold they beautify it, With nails and with hammers they fix it, And it doth not stumble.
Study Bible
The Sovereignty of God
3For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut down a tree from the forest; it is shaped with a chisel by the hands of a craftsman. 4They adorn it with silver and gold and fasten it with hammer and nails, so that it will not totter. 5Like scarecrows in a cucumber patch, their idols cannot speak. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them, for they can do no harm, and neither can they do any good.”…
Cross References
Psalm 115:4
Their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.

Isaiah 40:19
To an idol that a craftsman casts and a metalworker overlays with gold and fits with silver chains?

Isaiah 40:20
To one bereft of an offering who chooses wood that does not rot? He looks for a skilled craftsman to set up an idol that will not fall over.

Isaiah 41:7
The craftsman encourages the goldsmith, and he who wields the hammer cheers him who strikes the anvil, saying of the soldering, "It is good." He nails it down so will not be toppled.

Isaiah 46:6
Those who pour out their bags of gold and weigh out silver on scales hire a goldsmith to fashion it into a god they can bow down and worship.

Hosea 13:2
Now they sin more and more and make for themselves cast images, idols skillfully made from their silver, all of them the work of craftsmen. People say of them, "Let the men who offer human sacrifice kiss the calves!"

Habakkuk 2:19
Woe to him who says to wood, 'Awaken!' or to silent stone, 'Come alive!' Can it give guidance? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, yet there is no breath in it at all.

Treasury of Scripture

They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

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

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

Isaiah 40:19,20 The workman melts a graven image, and the goldsmith spreads it over …

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Isaiah 41:6 They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, …

Isaiah 44:12 The smith with the tongs both works in the coals, and fashions it …

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

Verse 4. - They deck it... that it move not. The close resemblance of this verse to Isaiah 40:19, 20; Isaiah 41:7, will strike every reader. "Move" should rather be totter. They deck it with silver and with gold,.... Cover it with plates of silver and gold, for the sake of ornament, that it may look grand, majestic, and venerable; and by this means draw the eye and attention, and so the devotion of people to it:

they fasten it with nails and hammers, that it move not. The sense is, either that the idol was fastened to some post or pillar, or in some certain place on a pedestal, that it might not fall, it not being able otherwise to support itself; or the plates of silver and gold, as Kimchi thinks, were fastened to the idol with nails and hammers, that so they might not be taken away from it; for, were it not for the nails, the god would not be able to keep his silver and golden deckings. 4. fasten … move not—that is, that it may stand upright without risk of falling, which the god (!) would do, if left to itself (Isa 41:7).10:1-16 The prophet shows the glory of Israel's God, and exposes the folly of idolaters. Charms and other attempts to obtain supernatural help, or to pry into futurity, are copied from the wicked customs of the heathen. Let us stand in awe, and not dare provoke God, by giving that glory to another which is due to him alone. He is ready to forgive, and save all who repent and believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. Faith learns these blessed truths from the word of God; but all knowledge not from that source, leads to doctrines of vanity.
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