1 Samuel 12:21
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English Standard Version
And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.

King James Bible
And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

American Standard Version
and turn ye not aside; for then would ye go after vain things which cannot profit nor deliver, for they are vain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And turn not aside after vain things which shall never profit you, nor deliver you, because they are vain.

English Revised Version
and turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things which cannot profit nor deliver, for they are vain.

Webster's Bible Translation
And turn ye not aside: for then would ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

1 Samuel 12:21 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"But if ye do not hearken to the voice of Jehovah, and strive against His commandment, the hand of Jehovah will be heavy upon you, as upon your fathers." ו in the sense of as, i.e., used in a comparative sense, is most frequently placed before whole sentences (see Ewald, 340, b.); and the use of it here may be explained, on the ground that בּאבתיכם contains the force of an entire sentence: "as it was upon your fathers." The allusion to the fathers is very suitable here, because the people were looking to the king for the removal of all the calamities, which had fallen upon them from time immemorial. The paraphrase of this word, which is adopted in the Septuagint, ἐπὶ τὸν βασιλέα ὑμῶν, is a very unhappy conjecture, although Thenius proposes to alter the text to suit it.

1 Samuel 12:21 Parallel Commentaries

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vain things

Deuteronomy 32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities...

Jeremiah 2:5,13 Thus said the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity...

Jeremiah 10:8,15 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities...

Jeremiah 14:22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? are not you he, O LORD our God?...

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come to you from the ends of the earth...

Jonah 2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

Habakkuk 2:18 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies...

1 Corinthians 8:4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world...

cannot profit

Psalm 115:4-8 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands...

Isaiah 41:23,24 Show the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods: yes, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed...

Isaiah 44:9,10 They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses...

Isaiah 45:20 Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you that are escaped of the nations...

Isaiah 46:7 They bear him on the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he stands; from his place shall he not remove: yes...

Jeremiah 10:15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.

Cross References
Acts 14:15
"Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.

Deuteronomy 11:16
Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them;

Isaiah 41:29
Behold, they are all a delusion; their works are nothing; their metal images are empty wind.

Habakkuk 2:18
"What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols!

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