Jeremiah 10:8
New International Version
They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols.

New Living Translation
People who worship idols are stupid and foolish. The things they worship are made of wood!

English Standard Version
They are both stupid and foolish; the instruction of idols is but wood!

Berean Study Bible
But they are altogether senseless and foolish, instructed by worthless idols made of wood!

King James Bible
But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.

New King James Version
But they are altogether dull-hearted and foolish; A wooden idol is a worthless doctrine.

New American Standard Bible
But they are altogether stupid and foolish; The instruction from idols is nothing but wood!

NASB 1995
But they are altogether stupid and foolish In their discipline of delusion-- their idol is wood!

NASB 1977
But they are altogether stupid and foolish In their discipline of delusion—their idol is wood!

Amplified Bible
But they are altogether irrational and stupid and foolish In their discipline of delusion—their idol is [only] wood [it is ridiculous, empty and worthless]!

Christian Standard Bible
They are both stupid and foolish, instructed by worthless idols made of wood!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are both stupid and foolish, instructed by worthless idols made of wood!

American Standard Version
But they are together brutish and foolish: the instruction of idols! it is but a stock.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And together they shall be destroyed, and worthless teachings of worshiped things of wood shall cease

Contemporary English Version
Idols are worthless, and anyone who worships them is a fool!

Douay-Rheims Bible
They shall all proved together to be senseless and foolish: the doctrine of their vanity is wood.

English Revised Version
But they are together brutish and foolish: the instruction of idols, it is but a stock.

Good News Translation
All of them are stupid and foolish. What can they learn from wooden idols?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They are complete idiots. They learn nonsense from wooden idols.

International Standard Version
Everyone is stupid and senseless. They follow worthless instruction from a piece of wood!

JPS Tanakh 1917
But they are altogether brutish and foolish: The vanities by which they are instructed are but a stock;

Literal Standard Version
And as one they are brutish and foolish, "" An instruction of vanities [is] the tree itself.

NET Bible
The people of those nations are both stupid and foolish. Instruction from a wooden idol is worthless!

New Heart English Bible
But they are together brutish and foolish: the instruction of idols. it is but a stock.

World English Bible
But they are together brutish and foolish: the instruction of idols! it is but a stock.

Young's Literal Translation
And in one they are brutish and foolish, An instruction of vanities is the tree itself.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Sovereignty of God
7Who would not fear You, O King of nations? This is Your due. For among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like You. 8But they are altogether senseless and foolish, instructed by worthless idols made of wood! 9Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz—the work of a craftsman from the hands of a goldsmith. Their clothes are blue and purple, all fashioned by skilled workers.…

Cross References
Isaiah 44:18
They do not comprehend or discern, for He has shut their eyes so they cannot see and closed their minds so they cannot understand.

Jeremiah 3:9
Indifferent to her own infidelity, Israel had defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

Jeremiah 4:22
"For My people are fools; they have not known Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing evil, but they know not how to do good."

Jeremiah 5:4
Then I said, "They are only the poor; they have played the fool, for they do not know the way of the LORD, the justice of their God.

Jeremiah 10:14
Every man is senseless and devoid of knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols. For his molten images are a fraud, and there is no breath in them.

Jonah 2:8
Those who cling to worthless idols forsake His loving devotion.

Habakkuk 2:18
What use is an idol, that a craftsman should carve it--or an image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.


Treasury of Scripture

But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.

altogether.

Jeremiah 10:14
Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

Jeremiah 51:17,18
Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them…

Psalm 115:8
They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

the stock.

Jeremiah 2:17
Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?

Isaiah 44:19
And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?

Hosea 4:12
My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.









(8) Altogether.--Literally, in one, probably in the sense in one word, in one fact, sc., that which follows in the next clause.

The stock is a doctrine of vanities.--Better, inverting the subject and predicate, the teaching of vanities (i.e., of idols) is a word, or is a log. That is all it comes to; that one word is its condemnation.

Verse 8. - Brutish and foolish. In fact, the original meaning of the idolatrous religions had begun, probably, to fade, and the worship of Bel and Nebo had become (as the worship of the Egyptian gods became at a later period) increasingly formal and ritualistic. The stock is a doctrine of vanities; rather, an instruction of vanities; i.e. all that the idols can teach is vanities. Against this is the plural ("vanities," not vanity); it is more natural (and also more in accordance with usage; comp. Genesis 41:26, Hebrew) to render, the instruction of the vanities is wooden ("vanities" has the constant technical sense of "idols;" see Jeremiah 8:19; Jeremiah 14:22; Deuteronomy 32:21; Psalm 31:6). The clause then furnishes a reason for the folly of the heathen; how should they attain to more than a "wooden" knowledge, when the idols themselves are but wood? A bitter truth in an ironical form.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But they are altogether
וּבְאַחַ֖ת (ū·ḇə·’a·ḥaṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Number - feminine singular
Strong's 259: United, one, first

senseless
יִבְעֲר֣וּ (yiḇ·‘ă·rū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1197: To kindle, consume, to be, brutish

and foolish,
וְיִכְסָ֑לוּ (wə·yiḵ·sā·lū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3688: To be or become stupid

instructed
מוּסַ֥ר (mū·sar)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4148: Chastisement, reproof, warning, instruction, restraint

by worthless idols
הֲבָלִ֖ים (hă·ḇā·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1892: Emptiness, vanity, transitory, unsatisfactory

made of wood!
עֵ֥ץ (‘êṣ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6086: Tree, trees, wood


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