Deuteronomy 4:15
New International Version
You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully,

New Living Translation
"But be very careful! You did not see the LORD's form on the day he spoke to you from the heart of the fire at Mount Sinai.

English Standard Version
“Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no form on the day that the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire,

Berean Study Bible
So since you saw no form of any kind on the day the LORD spoke to you out of the fire at Horeb, be careful

New American Standard Bible
"So watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any form on the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire,

King James Bible
Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:

Christian Standard Bible
"Diligently watch yourselves--because you did not see any form on the day the LORD spoke to you out of the fire at Horeb--

Contemporary English Version
When God spoke to you from the fire, he was invisible. So be careful

Good News Translation
"When the LORD spoke to you from the fire on Mount Sinai, you did not see any form. For your own good, then, make certain

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For your own good, be extremely careful--because you did not see any form on the day the LORD spoke to you out of the fire at Horeb--

International Standard Version
"Therefore, for your own sake, be very careful, since you did not see any form on the day that the LORD your God spoke to you in Horeb from the midst of the fire.

NET Bible
Be very careful, then, because you saw no form at the time the LORD spoke to you at Horeb from the middle of the fire.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore watch yourselves carefully; for you saw no kind of form on the day that the LORD spoke to you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You didn't see the LORD the day he spoke to you from the fire at Mount Horeb. So be very careful

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves--for ye saw no manner of form on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire--

New American Standard 1977
“So watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any form on the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Diligently guard, therefore, your souls, for ye saw no manner of likeness on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire,

King James 2000 Bible
Take therefore good heed unto yourselves; for you saw no manner of form on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:

American King James Version
Take you therefore good heed to yourselves; for you saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spoke to you in Horeb out of the middle of the fire:

American Standard Version
Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of form on the day that Jehovah spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And take good heed to your hearts, for ye saw no similitude in the day in which the Lord spoke to you in Choreb in the mountain out of the midst of the fire:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Keep therefore your souls carefully. You saw not any similitude in the day that the Lord God spoke to you in Horeb from the midst of the fire:

Darby Bible Translation
And take great heed to your souls (for ye saw no form on the day that Jehovah spoke to you in Horeb from the midst of the fire),

English Revised Version
Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of form on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:

Webster's Bible Translation
Take ye therefore good heed to yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spoke to you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire;

World English Bible
Take therefore good heed to yourselves; for you saw no kind of form on the day that Yahweh spoke to you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire.

Young's Literal Translation
and ye have been very watchful of your souls, for ye have not seen any similitude in the day of Jehovah's speaking unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire,
Study Bible
Warning Against Idolatry
15So since you saw no form of any kind on the day the LORD spoke to you out of the fire at Horeb, be careful 16that you do not act corruptly and make an idol for yourselves of any form or shape, whether in the likeness of a male or female,…
Cross References
Exodus 19:1
In the third month, on the same day of the month that the Israelites had left Egypt, they came to the Desert of Sinai.

Exodus 20:4
You shall not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens above, on the earth beneath, or in the waters below.

Deuteronomy 4:14
At that time the LORD commanded me to teach you the statutes and ordinances you are to follow in the land into which you are crossing to possess.

Deuteronomy 5:8
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in the heavens above, on the earth beneath, or in the waters below.

Joshua 23:11
Therefore watch yourselves carefully, that you love the LORD your God.

Isaiah 40:18
To whom will you liken God? To what image will you compare Him?

Jeremiah 17:21
This is what the LORD says: Take heed for yourselves; do not carry a load or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day.

Treasury of Scripture

Take you therefore good heed to yourselves; for you saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spoke to you in Horeb out of the middle of the fire:

Take ye

Deuteronomy 4:9,23
Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons; …

Joshua 23:11
Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.

1 Chronicles 28:9,10
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever…

of similitude

Deuteronomy 4:12
And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.

Isaiah 40:18
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

2 Corinthians 4:4-6
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them…







Lexicon
So since
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

you saw
רְאִיתֶם֙ (rə·’î·ṯem)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

no
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

form
תְּמוּנָ֔ה (tə·mū·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8544: Something portioned, out, as a, shape, phantom, embodiment, manifestation

of any kind
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

on the day
בְּי֗וֹם (bə·yō·wm)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

the LORD
יְהוָ֧ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

spoke
דִּבֶּ֨ר (dib·ber)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to you
אֲלֵיכֶ֛ם (’ă·lê·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

out of
מִתּ֥וֹךְ (mit·tō·wḵ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8432: A bisection, the centre

the fire
הָאֵֽשׁ׃ (hā·’êš)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 784: A fire

at Horeb,
בְּחֹרֵ֖ב (bə·ḥō·rêḇ)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2722: Horeb -- 'waste', a mountain in Sinai

be careful
וְנִשְׁמַרְתֶּ֥ם (wə·niš·mar·tem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to
(15) Ye saw no manner of similitude.--The worship of the invisible Jehovah is here specially insisted on. The difficulty of learning to worship one whom we cannot see is, happily, one which our education does not enable us to realise in its relation to Israel of old. All nations had their visible symbols of deity. Centuries afterwards the world described the followers of Christ as Atheists, because they had no visible God. It is especially recorded in praise of Moses that "he endured as seeing Him who is invisible" (Hebrews 11:27).

Verses 15-20. - As the people had seen no form or figure when God spake to them, so they were to beware for their very lives (cf. ver. 9) of acting corruptly by making any kind of image, whether of man or of beast, for the purpose of worshipping God as represented by it; they were also to beware of being so attracted by the splendor of the heavenly bodies as to be forcibly seduced to worship them and offer them religious service. They were not in this respect to imitate the heathen; for God, who had delivered them out of the furnace of Egyptian bondage, had taken them for himself to be his special possession; and therefore they were to take heed not to forget the covenant of Jehovah their God, nor to offend him by making any image or representation of him as the object of worship. Among the heathen, and especially in Egypt, images were the very pillar and support of religion; but in Israel, as God had revealed himself to them without form, it was as a spirit he was to be worshipped, and not under any outward representation. 4:1-23 The power and love of God to Israel are here made the ground and reason of a number of cautions and serious warnings; and although there is much reference to their national covenant, yet all may be applied to those who live under the gospel. What are laws made for but to be observed and obeyed? Our obedience as individuals cannot merit salvation; but it is the only evidence that we are partakers of the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ, Considering how many temptations we are compassed with, and what corrupt desires we have in our bosoms, we have great need to keep our hearts with all diligence. Those cannot walk aright, who walk carelessly. Moses charges particularly to take heed of the sin of idolatry. He shows how weak the temptation would be to those who thought aright; for these pretended gods, the sun, moon, and stars, were only blessings which the Lord their God had imparted to all nations. It is absurd to worship them; shall we serve those that were made to serve us? Take heed lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God. We must take heed lest at any time we forget our religion. Care, caution, and watchfulness, are helps against a bad memory.
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