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

New Living Translation
Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.

English Standard Version
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.

New American Standard Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man's hands.

King James Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.

International Standard Version
Their idols are silver and gold, crafted by human hands.

NET Bible
Their idols are made of silver and gold--they are man-made.

New Heart English Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of the hands of man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Their idols are made of silver and gold. They were made by human hands.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men's hands.

New American Standard 1977
Their idols are silver and gold,
            The work of man’s hands.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

King James 2000 Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

American King James Version
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

American Standard Version
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men's hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The idols of the gentiles are silver and gold, the works of the hands of men.

Darby Bible Translation
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands:

English Revised Version
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
Their idols are silver and gold; the work of men's hands.

World English Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

Young's Literal Translation
Their idols are silver and gold, work of man's hands,
Study Bible
To Your Name Give Glory
3But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. 4Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man's hands. 5They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see;…
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.

Leviticus 19:4
'Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 4:28
"There you will serve gods, the work of man's hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

1 Kings 16:7
Moreover, the word of the LORD through the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani also came against Baasha and his household, both because of all the evil which he did in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam, and because he struck it.

1 Kings 18:26
Then they took the ox which was given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, "O Baal, answer us." But there was no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar which they made.

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.

2 Chronicles 32:19
They spoke of the God of Jerusalem as of the gods of the peoples of the earth, the work of men's hands.

Isaiah 2:8
Their land has also been filled with idols; They worship the work of their hands, That which their fingers have made.

Isaiah 37:19
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.
Treasury of Scripture

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

their idols. They are metal, stone, and wood; and though generally made in the form of man, they can neither see, hear, smell, feel, walk, nor speak! Even the wiser heathen made them the objects of their jests.

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

Psalm 135:15-17 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands…

Deuteronomy 4:28 And there you shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and …

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

Isaiah 42:17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust …

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

Jeremiah 10:3-6 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of …

Hosea 8:6 For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is …

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

Acts 19:26,35 Moreover you see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost …

1 Corinthians 10:19,20 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered …

(4-8) This passage cannot compare with the magnificent irony of Isaiah 44:9-20, but there is still a noticeable vein of sarcasm running through it, visible even more in the original than in the English. (Comp. Psalm 135:15-18.)

Verses 4-8. - The scorn of the heathen is retaliated. They scoff at the God of Israel. What, then, are their own gods? Silver and gold indeed (ver. 4), but the work of human hands. Fashioned into a human shape, as if they were sentient being - but absolutely devoid of all sense and intelligence. The satire is somewhat roughly worked out (vers. 5-7), but idolatry provokes rough speaking; and the tone here adopted is imitated in Psalm 135:15-18, and echoed in Isaiah 44:9-20. The inspired writers seem to have felt, that, when idolatry came under consideration, the criticism should be brief and trenchant. Verse 4. - Their idols are silver and gold. At the best - often mere wood and stone (Deuteronomy 4:28); but the idols of the Babylonians were mostly of the more precious materials (Herod., 1:183; Daniel 3:1; Ep. Jeremiah 1:4, 11, etc.). The work of men's hands (Psalm 135:15; Isaiah 44:12-17). To avoid this reproach, some images were said to have fallen down from heaven (Acts 19:35). Their idols are silver and gold,.... The idols of the Gentiles; so the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions. The gods they serve and worship are not in the heavens; but the matter of which they are made is dug out of the earth: and this is the greatest excellency and value that there is in them; and such as are made of these are of the greatest worth, and yet only for the matter of them, otherwise useless and inanimate statues; such are the idols of the Papists, Revelation 9:20.

The work of men's hands; the matter of them is gold and silver, which they owe to the earth as their original; the form of them they owe to men, and therefore can not be God, Hosea 8:6. If it is idolatry to worship what God has made, the sun, moon, and stars, it must be gross idolatry, and great stupidity, to worship what man has made: if it is sinful to worship the creature besides the Creator, or more than him, it must be still more so to worship the creature of a creature. 4-7. (Compare Isa 40:18-20; 44:9-20).115:1-8 Let no opinion of our own merits have any place in our prayers or in our praises. All the good we do, is done by the power of his grace; and all the good we have, is the gift of his mere mercy, and he must have all the praise. Are we in pursuit of any mercy, and wrestling with God for it, we must take encouragement in prayer from God only. Lord, do so for us; not that we may have the credit and comfort of it, but that they mercy and truth may have the glory of it. The heathen gods are senseless things. They are the works of men's hands: the painter, the carver, the statuary, can put no life into them, therefore no sense. The psalmist hence shows the folly of the worshippers of idols.
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