New International Version
Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.
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.
Darby Bible Translation
and turn ye not aside; for [it would be] after vain things which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
World English Bible
Don't turn aside; for [then you would go] after vain things which can't profit nor deliver, for they are vain.
Young's Literal Translation
and ye do not turn aside after the vain things which do not profit nor deliver, for they are vain,
1 Samuel 12:21 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
After vain things - That is, idols; which he calls here התהו hattohu, the same expression found Genesis 1:2. The earth was תהו tohu; it was waste, empty, and formless: so idols; they are confusion, and things of naught, for an idol is nothing in the world, it is not the representative of any intelligent being.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryOld Truth for a New Epoch
'Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the Lord hath set a king over yon. 14. If ye will fear the Lord, and serve Him, and obey His voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord; then shall both ye, and also the king that reigneth over you, continue following the Lord your God: 15. But if ye will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord; then shall the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Old Judge and the Young King
The Lamb of God, the Great Atonement
"Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.
Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.
See, they are all false! Their deeds amount to nothing; their images are but wind and confusion.
"Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman? Or an image that teaches lies? For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.
Jump to PreviousDeliver Idols Profit Rescue Right Save Turn Turning Useless Vain Way
Jump to NextDeliver Idols Profit Rescue Right Save Turn Turning Useless Vain Way
Links1 Samuel 12:21 NIV
1 Samuel 12:21 NLT
1 Samuel 12:21 ESV
1 Samuel 12:21 NASB
1 Samuel 12:21 KJV
1 Samuel 12:21 Bible Apps
1 Samuel 12:21 Biblia Paralela
1 Samuel 12:21 Chinese Bible
1 Samuel 12:21 French Bible
1 Samuel 12:21 German Bible
1 Samuel 12:21 Commentaries
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.