Romans 1:23
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English Standard Version
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

King James Bible
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

American Standard Version
and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of fourfooted beasts, and of creeping things.

English Revised Version
and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

Webster's Bible Translation
And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping animals.

Weymouth New Testament
and, instead of worshipping the imperishable God, they worshipped images resembling perishable man or resembling birds or beasts or reptiles.

Romans 1:23 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Image made like (ὁμοιώματι εἰκόνος)

Rev., more literally, the likeness of an image. See on Revelation 13:14. Equivalent to what was shaped like an image. Likeness indicates the conformity with the object of comparison in appearance; image, the type in the artist's mind; the typical human form. See, further, on Philippians 2:7.

Birds and beasts and creeping things

Deities of human form prevailed in Greece; those of the bestial form in Egypt; and both methods of worship were practiced in Rome. See on Acts 7:41. Serpent-worship was common in Chaldaea, and also in Egypt. The asp was sacred throughout the latter country. The worship of Isis was domesticated at Rome, and Juvenal relates how the priests of Isis contrived that the silver images of serpents kept in her temple should move their heads to a suppliant ("Satire" vi., 537). Many of the subjects of paintings in the tombs of the kings at Thebes show the importance which the serpent was thought to enjoy in the future state. Dollinger says that the vestal virgins were intrusted with the attendance upon a holy serpent, and were charged with supplying his table with meats on festival days.

Romans 1:23 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

changed.

Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Psalm 106:20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eats grass.

Jeremiah 2:11 Has a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.

an image.

Deuteronomy 4:15-18 Take you therefore good heed to yourselves...

Deuteronomy 5:8 You shall not make you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath...

Psalm 115:5-8 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not...

Psalm 135:15-18 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands...

Isaiah 40:18,26 To whom then will you liken God? or what likeness will you compare to him...

Isaiah 44:13 The carpenter stretches out his rule; he marks it out with a line; he fits it with planes, and he marks it out with the compass...

Ezekiel 8:10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel...

Acts 17:29 For as much then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like to gold, or silver, or stone...

1 Corinthians 12:2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, even as you were led.

1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts...

Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:16
beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved image for yourselves, in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female,

Deuteronomy 4:17
the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air,

Psalm 106:20
They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass.

Jeremiah 2:11
Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.

Acts 10:12
In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air.

Acts 17:29
Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.

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