Psalm 135:15
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New International Version
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands.

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

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

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

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The idols of the nations are of silver and gold, made by human hands.

International Standard Version
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, worked by the hands of human beings.

NET Bible
The nations' idols are made of silver and gold, they are man-made.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Standard Version
The idols of the nations 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 men's hands.

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

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

Webster's Bible Translation
The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

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

Young's Literal Translation
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, Work of the hands of man.
Study Bible
Your Name Endures Forever
14For the LORD will judge His people And will have compassion on His servants. 15The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, The work of man's hands. 16They have mouths, but they do not speak; They have eyes, but they do not see;…
Cross References
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.

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.

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

Psalm 135:16
They have mouths, but they do not speak; They have eyes, but they do not see;

Daniel 5:4
They drank the wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.

Habakkuk 2:19
"Woe to him who says to a piece of wood, 'Awake!' To a mute stone, 'Arise!' And that is your teacher? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, And there is no breath at all inside it.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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Psalm 115:4-8 Their idols 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 37:19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but …

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

Isaiah 44:9-20 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable …

Isaiah 46:6,7 They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, …

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

Habakkuk 2:18,19 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; …

Acts 17:29 For as much then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to …

(15, 16) With slight variations from Psalm 115:4-8.

Verses 15-18. - The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not. They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them. A condensed recitation of Psalm 115:4-8 (comp. Jeremiah 10:3-5). In its present place it is a sort of exposition of ver. 5b. The idols of the Heathen are silver and gold,.... This, with what follows, is observed, to show that when God judges his people, and takes vengeance on their enemies, the idols they serve will not be able to protect them, and deliver them out of his hands; and also to prove what is before asserted, that our Jehovah is great above all gods, Psalm 135:5; the matter of which they are made is at best gold and silver, which are the dust and metals of the earth, or what the prophet calls thick clay, Habakkuk 2:6; and are the creatures of Jehovah, and at his dispose, who says, the silver and the gold are mine, Haggai 2:8; and who is infinitely above them in value and worth; even the knowledge of him, and the words of his mouth, doctrines, and precepts, are better than gold and silver, Proverbs 3:14;

the work of men's hands; which they form out of gold and silver into such shapes and figures, and therefore can never have deity in them; and a most stupid thing it is to imagine that the Godhead is like to gold and silver, graven by art and man's device, Acts 17:29; See Gill on Psalm 115:4. 15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

16 They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;

17 They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.

18 They that make them are like unto them, so is every one that trusteth in them.

Psalm 135:15

"The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands." Their essential material is dead metal, their attributes are but the qualities of senseless substances, and what of form and fashion they exhibit they derive from the skill and labour of those who worship them. It is the height of insanity to worship metallic manufactures. Though silver and gold are useful to us when we rightly employ them, there is nothing about them which can entitle them to reverence and worship. If we did not know the sorrowful fact to be indisputable, it would seem to be impossible that intelligent beings could bow down before substances which they must themselves refine from the ore, and fashion into form. One would think it less absurd to worship one's own hands than to adore that which those hands have made. What great works can these mock deities perform for man when they are themselves the works of man? Idols are fitter to be played with, like dolls by babes, than to be adored by grown-up men. Hands are better used in breaking than in making objects which can be put to such an idiotic use. Yet the heathen love their abominable deities better than silver and gold: it were well if we could say that some professed believers in the Lord had as much love for him.

Psalm 135:16

"They have mouths." For their makers fashioned them like themselves. An opening is made where the mouth should be, and yet it is no mouth, for they eat not, they speak not. They cannot communicate with their worshippers; they are dumb as death. If they cannot even speak, they are not even so worthy of worship as our children at school. Jehovah speaks, and it is done; but these images utter never a word. Surely, if they could speak, they would rebuke their rotaries. Is not their silence a still more powerful rebuke? When our philosophical teachers deny that God has made any verbal revelation of himself they also confess that their god is dumb.

"Eyes have they, but they see not." Who would adore a blind man - how can the heathen be so mad as to bow themselves before a blind image? The eyes of idols have frequently been very costly; diamonds have been used for that purpose; but of what avail is the expense, since they see nothing? If they cannot even see us, how can they know our wants, appreciate our sacrifices, or spy out for us the means of help? What a wretched thing, that a man who can see should bow down before an image which is blind! The worshipper is certainly physically in advance of his god, and yet mentally he is on a level with it; for assuredly his foolish heart is darkened, or he would not so absurdly play the fool.

Psalm 135:17

"They have ears," and very large ones too, if we remember certain of the Hindoo idols. "But they hear not." Useless are their ears; in fact, they are mere counterfeits and deceits. Ears which men make are always deaf the secret of hearing is wrapped up with the mystery of life, and both are in the unsearchable mind of the Lord. It seems that these heathen gods are dumb, and blind, and deaf - a pretty bundle of infirmities to be found in a deity! "Neither is there any breath in their mouths;" they are dead, no sign of life is perceptible; and breathing, which is of the essence of animal life, they never know. Shall a man waste his breath in crying to an idol which has no breath? Shall life offer up petitions to death? Verily, this is a turning of things upside down.

Psalm 135:18

"They that make them are like unto them:" they are as blockish, as senseless, as stupid as the gods they have made, and, like them they are the objects of divine abhorrence, and shall be broken in pieces in due time. "So is every one that trusteth in them." The idol-worshippers are as bad as the idol-makers; for if there were none to worship, there would be no market for the degrading manufacture. Idolaters are spiritually dead, they are the mere images of men, their best being is gone, they are not what they seem. Their mouths do not really pray, their eyes see not the truth, their ears hear not the voice of the Lord, and the life of God is not in them. Those who believe in their own inventions in religion betray great folly, and an utter absence of the quickening Spirit. Gracious men can see the absurdity of forsaking the true God and setting up rivals in his place; but those who perpetrate this crime think not so, on the contrary, they pride themselves upon their great wisdom, and boast of "advanced thought" and "modern culture." Others there are who believe in a baptismal regeneration which does not renew the nature, and they make members of Christ and children of God who have none of the spirit of Christ, or the signs of adoption, May we be saved from such mimicry of divine work lest we also become like our idols. 15-18. (Compare Ps 115:4-8).135:15-21 These verses arm believers against idolatry and all false worship, by showing what sort of gods the heathen worshipped. And the more deplorable the condition of the Gentile nations that worship idols, the more are we to be thankful that we know better. Let us pity, and pray for, and seek to benefit benighted heathens and deluded sinners. Let us endeavour to glorify his name, and recommend his truth, not only with our lips, but by holy lives, copying the example of Christ's goodness and truth.
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