Jeremiah 16:20
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New International Version
Do people make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!"

New Living Translation
Can people make their own gods? These are not real gods at all!"

English Standard Version
Can man make for himself gods? Such are not gods!”

Berean Study Bible
Can man make gods for himself? Such are not gods!

New American Standard Bible
Can man make gods for himself? Yet they are not gods!

King James Bible
Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?

Christian Standard Bible
Can one make gods for himself? But they are not gods.

Contemporary English Version
worthless idols made by human hands."

Good News Translation
Can people make their own gods? No, if they did, those would not really be gods."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can one make gods for himself? But they are not gods.

International Standard Version
Can a person make a god for himself? They are not gods!

NET Bible
Can people make their own gods? No, what they make are not gods at all."

New Heart English Bible
Shall a man make to himself gods, which yet are no gods?'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"People can't make gods for themselves. They aren't really gods.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall a man make unto himself gods, And they are no gods?

New American Standard 1977
Can man make gods for himself? Yet they are not gods!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall a man make gods unto himself? But they shall not be gods.

King James 2000 Bible
Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?

American King James Version
Shall a man make gods to himself, and they are no gods?

American Standard Version
Shall a man make unto himself gods, which yet are no gods?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall a man make gods unto himself, and there are no gods?

Darby Bible Translation
Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no-gods?

English Revised Version
Shall a man make unto himself gods, which yet are no gods?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall a man make gods to himself, and they are no gods?

World English Bible
Shall a man make to himself gods, which yet are no gods?

Young's Literal Translation
Doth man make for himself gods, And they -- no gods?
Study Bible
God will Restore Israel
19O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in the day of distress, the nations will come to You from the ends of the earth, and they will say, “Our fathers inherited nothing but lies, worthless idols of no benefit at all.” 20Can man make gods for himself? Such are not gods! 21“Therefore behold, I will inform them, and this time I will make them know My power and My might; then they will know that My name is the LORD.”…
Cross References
Galatians 4:8
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.

Psalm 115:4
Their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.

Isaiah 37:19
They have cast their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods, but only wood and stone--the work of human hands.

Jeremiah 2:11
Has a nation ever changed its gods? (though they were no gods at all!) Yet My people have exchanged their Glory for idols that are useless.

Jeremiah 5:7
"Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken Me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I satisfied their needs, yet they committed adultery and assembled at the houses of prostitutes.

Daniel 3:1
King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden statue sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.

Hosea 8:4
They set up kings, but not by Me. they make princes, but without My approval. With their silver and gold they make themselves idols, to their own destruction.

Treasury of Scripture

Shall a man make gods to himself, and they are no gods?

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

Psalm 135:14-18 For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning …

Isaiah 36:19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? …

Isaiah 37:19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but …

Hosea 8:4-6 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and …

Acts 19:26 Moreover you see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost …

Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to …

Galatians 4:8 However, then, when you knew not God, you did service to them which …







Verse 20. - But the Jews of this generation, in spite of the manifold proofs of the true religion which have been vouchsafed to them, are deserting the real divinity for the unreal. In a tone of surprise the prophet exclaims, Shall a man make gods unto himself, etc.? Shall a man make gods unto himself,.... Can a man make his own gods? a poor, weak, mortal man? can he make gods of gold, silver, brass, wood, or stone? can he put deity into them? and when he has made images of these, can he be so stupid as to account them gods, and worship them? can he be so sottish, and void of understanding, as to imagine that anything that is made by himself or any other, can be God?

and they are no gods; that are made by men; he only is the true God, that is the Maker and Creator of all things; or they are no gods themselves that pretend to make them, and therefore how should they make gods? can they give that which they have not? or impart deity to others which they have not themselves? These words are a continuation of the speech of the Gentiles, and contain their reasonings, exposing the folly of their idolatrous ancestors: though some take them to be the words of God, or of the prophet, inveighing against the Jews for their stupidity in worshipping idols; when the Gentiles were convinced of the folly and vanity of such practices, and acknowledged it. 20. indignant protest of Jeremiah against idols.

and they (are) no gods—(Jer 2:11; Isa 37:19; Ga 4:8). "They" refers to the idols. A man (a creature himself) making God is a contradiction in terms. Vulgate takes "they" thus: "Shall man make gods, though men themselves are not gods?"16:14-21 The restoration from the Babylonish captivity would be remembered in place of the deliverance from Egypt; it also typified spiritual redemption, and the future deliverance of the church from antichristian oppression. But none of the sins of sinners can be hidden from God, or shall be overlooked by him. He will find out and raise up instruments of his wrath, that shall destroy the Jews, by fraud like fishers, by force like hunters. The prophet, rejoicing at the hope of mercy to come, addressed the Lord as his strength and refuge. The deliverance out of captivity shall be a figure of the great salvation to be wrought by the Messiah. The nations have often known the power of Jehovah in his wrath; but they shall know him as the strength of his people, and their refuge in time of trouble.
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