Leviticus 19:4
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New International Version
"'Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

New Living Translation
"Do not put your trust in idols or make metal images of gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

English Standard Version
Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the LORD your God.

New American Standard Bible
'Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the LORD your God.

King James Bible
Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not turn to idols or make cast images of gods for yourselves; I am Yahweh your God."

International Standard Version
"You are not to turn to their idols or cast gods out of melted metal for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

NET Bible
Do not turn to idols, and you must not make for yourselves gods of cast metal. I am the LORD your God.

New Heart English Bible
"'Do not turn to idols, nor make molten gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Don't turn to worthless gods or cast metal idols. Never make any gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Turn ye not unto the idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

New American Standard 1977
‘Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the LORD your God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not return unto idols nor make to yourselves molten gods. I AM your God.

King James 2000 Bible
Turn you not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

American King James Version
Turn you not to idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

American Standard Version
Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am Jehovah your God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Turn ye not to idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods. I am the Lord your God.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye shall not turn unto idols, and ye shall not make to yourselves molten gods: I am Jehovah your God.

English Revised Version
Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Turn ye not to idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

World English Bible
"'Don't turn to idols, nor make molten gods for yourselves. I am Yahweh your God.

Young's Literal Translation
Ye do not turn unto the idols, and a molten god ye do not make to yourselves; I am Jehovah your God.
Study Bible
Idolatry Forbidden
3'Every one of you shall reverence his mother and his father, and you shall keep My sabbaths; I am the LORD your God. 4Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the LORD your God. 5'Now when you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted.…
Cross References
Exodus 20:4
"You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

Exodus 20:23
You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves.

Exodus 34:17
"You shall make for yourself no molten gods.

Leviticus 19:5
'Now when you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted.

Leviticus 26:1
You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down to it; for I am the LORD your God.

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.'

1 Chronicles 16:26
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.

Psalm 96:5
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.

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

Turn you not to idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

not unto

Leviticus 26:1 You shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither raise you up …

Exodus 20:3-5 You shall have no other gods before me…

1 Corinthians 10:14 Why, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

molten gods

Exodus 20:23 You shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall you make …

Exodus 32:4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a engraving …

Exodus 34:17 You shall make you no molten gods.

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

Haggai 2:18 Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth …

(4) Turn ye not unto idols.--As the Lord is their God, and there is no other God besides Him, the Israelites must never turn their affections nor address prayers or enquiries to idols. This part of the verse therefore corresponds with the first commandment of the Decalogue (Exodus 20:3). The expression here rendered "idols," which, apart from the Prophets and Hagiographa, only occurs once more (see Leviticus 26:1), denotes non-entities--nothings, and it is in allusion to this import of the word that the Apostle remarks, "We know that an idol is nothing in the world" (1Corinthians 8:4). According to the administrators of the law during the second Temple, the injunction here "turn not" means "face not," and forbids even the looking at or the examination of an idol.

Nor make yourselves molten gods.--This part of the verse corresponds with the second commandment in the Decalogue (Exodus 20:4-6), though the phrase "molten gods" only occurs once more where the same prohibition is enforced (Exodus 34:17).

Verse 4. - Turn ye not unto idols. The word used for idols, elilim, meaning nothings, is contrasted with Elohim, God. Psalm 115 exhibits this contrast in several of its particulars. Cf. St. Paul's statement, "We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one" (1 Corinthians 8:4). "If the heart of man becomes benumbed to the use of images of false gods of any kind, he sinks down to the idols which are his ideals, and becomes as dumb and unspiritual as they are" (Lunge). The remainder of the verse forbids the transgression of the second commandment, as the earlier part of the verse forbids the transgression of the first commandment: nor make to yourselves molten gods, as was done by Jeroboam when he set up the calves (1 Kings 12:23). Turn ye not unto idols,.... From the one only true and living God to them that are not gods, as the word used signifies, who are nothing; for, as the apostle says, an idol is nothing in the world, 1 Corinthians 8:4, is of no worth and value, of no consequence and importance, of no avail and usefulness to its devotees; wherefore to turn from the true God to such as these is the greatest stupidity, as well as wickedness: or "look not" at them (g) for help or assistance, for they are not able to give it: and to look at them so as to view them attentively, and consider their likeness, the Jews say (h) is forbidden; and even in the heart and mind, as Aben Ezra observes, to have respect unto them was not right; or in the thoughts, as Gersom:

nor make to yourselves molten gods; of gold, silver, or brass, melted and cast into a mould, as the golden calf was, to which respect may be had. These laws have a respect unto the first and second commandments, Exodus 20:3,

I am the Lord, your God; who only is to be worshipped, and who has forbid the making and worshipping any image, molten or graven, and who will therefore resent idolatry of every sort, and punish for it.

(g) "ne respiciatis", Montanus, Tigurine version, Drusius. (h) Pesichta, Maimonides. 19:1-37 laws. - There are some ceremonial precepts in this chapter, but most of these precepts are binding on us, for they are explanations of the ten commandments. It is required that Israel be a holy people, because the God of Israel is a holy God, ver. 2. To teach real separation from the world and the flesh, and entire devotedness to God. This is now the law of Christ; may the Lord bring every thought within us into obedience to it! Children are to be obedient to their parents, ver. 3. The fear here required includes inward reverence and esteem, outward respect and obedience, care to please them and to make them easy. God only is to be worshipped, ver. 4. Turn not from the true God to false ones, from the God who will make you holy and happy, to those that will deceive you, and make you for ever miserable. Turn not your eyes to them, much less your heart. They should leave the gleanings of their harvest and vintage for the poor, ver. 9. Works of piety must be always attended with works of charity, according to our ability. We must not be covetous, griping, and greedy of every thing we can lay claim to, nor insist upon our right in all things. We are to be honest and true in all our dealings, ver. 11. Whatever we have in the world, we must see that we get it honestly, for we cannot be truly rich, or long rich, with that which is not so. Reverence to the sacred name of God must be shown, ver. 12. We must not detain what belongs to another, particularly the wages of the hireling, ver. 13. We must be tender of the credit and safety of those that cannot help themselves, ver. 14. Do no hurt to any, because they are unwilling or unable to avenge themselves. We ought to take heed of doing any thing which may occasion our weak brother to fall. The fear of God should keep us from doing wrong things, though they will not expose us to men's anger. Judges, and all in authority, are commanded to give judgment without partiality, ver. 15. To be a tale-bearer, and to sow discord among neighbours, is as bad an office as a man can put himself into. We are to rebuke our neighbour in love, ver. 17. Rather rebuke him than hate him, for an injury done to thyself. We incur guilt by not reproving; it is hating our brother. We should say, I will do him the kindness to tell him of his faults. We are to put off all malice, and to put on brotherly love, ver. 18. We often wrong ourselves, but we soon forgive ourselves those wrongs, and they do not at all lessen our love to ourselves; in like manner we should love our neighbour. We must in many cases deny ourselves for the good of our neighbour. Ver. 31: For Christians to have their fortunes told, to use spells and charms, or the like, is a sad affront to God. They must be grossly ignorant who ask, What harm is there in these things? Here is a charge to young people to show respect to the aged, ver. 32. Religion teaches good manners, and obliges us to honour those to whom honour is due. A charge was given to the Israelites to be very tender of strangers, ver. 33. Strangers, and the widows and fatherless, are God's particular care. It is at our peril, if we do them any wrong. Strangers shall be welcome to God's grace; we should do what we can to recommend religion to them. Justice in weights and measures is commanded, ver. 35. We must make conscience of obeying God's precepts. We are not to pick and choose our duty, but must aim at standing complete in all the will of God. And the nearer our lives and tempers are to the precepts of God's law, the happier shall we be, and the happier shall we make all around us, and the better shall we adorn the gospel.
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