Leviticus 19:4
New International Version
"'Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

New Living Translation
“Do not put your trust in idols or make metal images of gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

English Standard Version
Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the LORD your God.

Berean Study Bible
Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods. I am the LORD your God.

King James Bible
Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

New King James Version
‘Do not turn to idols, nor make for yourselves molded gods: I am the LORD your God.

New American Standard Bible
Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves cast metal gods; I am the LORD your God.

NASB 1995
'Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the LORD your God.

NASB 1977
‘Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the LORD your God.

Amplified Bible
Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods (images cast in metal); I am the LORD your God.

Christian Standard Bible
Do not turn to worthless idols or make cast images of gods for yourselves; I am the LORD your God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not turn to idols or make cast images of gods for yourselves; I am Yahweh your God."

American Standard Version
Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am Jehovah your God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not be turned after demons; you shall not make to yourselves gods that are molten; I AM LORD JEHOVAH your God.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Ye shall not follow idols, and ye shall not make to yourselves molten gods: I am the Lord your God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Turn ye not to idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods. I am the Lord your God.

English Revised Version
Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

Good News Translation
"Do not abandon me and worship idols; do not make gods of metal and worship them. I am the LORD your God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Don't turn to worthless gods or cast metal idols. Never make any gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

International Standard Version
"You are not to turn to their idols or cast gods out of melted metal for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Turn ye not unto the idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

Literal Standard Version
You do not turn to the idols, and you do not make a molten god for yourselves; I [am] your God YHWH.

NET Bible
Do not turn to idols, and you must not make for yourselves gods of cast metal. I am the LORD your God.

New Heart English Bible
"'Do not turn to idols, nor make molten gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

World English Bible
"'Don't turn to idols, nor make molten gods for yourselves. I am Yahweh your God.

Young's Literal Translation
Ye do not turn unto the idols, and a molten god ye do not make to yourselves; I am Jehovah your God.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Idolatry Forbidden
3Each of you must respect his mother and father, and you must keep My Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God. 4Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods. I am the LORD your God. 5When you sacrifice a peace offering to the LORD, you shall offer it for your acceptance.…

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

Exodus 20:23
You are not to make any gods alongside Me; you are not to make for yourselves gods of silver or gold.

Exodus 34:17
You shall make no molten gods for yourselves.

Leviticus 19:5
When you sacrifice a peace offering to the LORD, you shall offer it for your acceptance.

Leviticus 26:1
"You must not make idols for yourselves or set up a carved image or sacred pillar; you must not place a sculpted stone in your land to bow down to it. For I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 27:15
Cursed is the man who makes a carved idol or molten image--an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of a craftsman--and sets it up in secret.' And let all the people say, 'Amen!'

1 Chronicles 16:26
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but it is the LORD who made the heavens.

Psalm 96:5
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but it is the LORD who made the heavens.

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


Treasury of Scripture

Turn you not to idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

not unto

Leviticus 26:1
Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.

Exodus 20:3-5
Thou shalt have no other gods before me…

1 Corinthians 10:14
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

molten gods

Exodus 20:23
Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

Exodus 32:4
And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

Exodus 34:17
Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.









(4) Turn ye not unto idols.--As the Lord is their God, and there is no other God besides Him, the Israelites must never turn their affections nor address prayers or enquiries to idols. This part of the verse therefore corresponds with the first commandment of the Decalogue (Exodus 20:3). The expression here rendered "idols," which, apart from the Prophets and Hagiographa, only occurs once more (see Leviticus 26:1), denotes non-entities--nothings, and it is in allusion to this import of the word that the Apostle remarks, "We know that an idol is nothing in the world" (1Corinthians 8:4). According to the administrators of the law during the second Temple, the injunction here "turn not" means "face not," and forbids even the looking at or the examination of an idol.

Nor make yourselves molten gods.--This part of the verse corresponds with the second commandment in the Decalogue (Exodus 20:4-6), though the phrase "molten gods" only occurs once more where the same prohibition is enforced (Exodus 34:17).

Verse 4. - Turn ye not unto idols. The word used for idols, elilim, meaning nothings, is contrasted with Elohim, God. Psalm 115 exhibits this contrast in several of its particulars. Cf. St. Paul's statement, "We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one" (1 Corinthians 8:4). "If the heart of man becomes benumbed to the use of images of false gods of any kind, he sinks down to the idols which are his ideals, and becomes as dumb and unspiritual as they are" (Lunge). The remainder of the verse forbids the transgression of the second commandment, as the earlier part of the verse forbids the transgression of the first commandment: nor make to yourselves molten gods, as was done by Jeroboam when he set up the calves (1 Kings 12:23).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

turn
תִּפְנוּ֙ (tip̄·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 6437: To turn, to face, appear, look

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

idols
הָ֣אֱלִילִ֔ים (hā·’ĕ·lî·lîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 457: Good for, nothing, by anal, vain, vanity, an idol

or make
תַעֲשׂ֖וּ (ṯa·‘ă·śū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 6213: To do, make

for yourselves
לָכֶ֑ם (lā·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew

molten
מַסֵּכָ֔ה (mas·sê·ḵāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4541: A pouring over, fusion of metal, a libation, league, a coverlet

gods.
וֵֽאלֹהֵי֙ (wê·lō·hê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

I
אֲנִ֖י (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

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

your God.
אֱלֹהֵיכֶֽם׃ (’ĕ·lō·hê·ḵem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative


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