New International Version
They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them.
King James Bible
For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them:
Darby Bible Translation
and they went and served other gods, and bowed down to them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not assigned to them.
World English Bible
and went and served other gods, and worshiped them, gods that they didn't know, and that he had not given to them:
Young's Literal Translation
and they go and serve other gods, and bow themselves to them -- gods which they have not known, and which He hath not apportioned to them;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Gods - whom he had not given unto them - This is an unhappy translation. Houbigant renders the original words ולו חלק להם velo chalak lahem, et quibuscum nulla eis societas, "And with whom they had no society;" and falls unmercifully on Le Clerc because he had translated it, From whom they had received no benefits. I must differ from both these great men, because I think they differ from the text. חלק chalak signifies a portion, lot, inheritance, and God is frequently represented in Scripture as the portion or inheritance of his people. Here, therefore, I think the original should be rendered, And there was no portion to them, that is, the gods they served could neither supply their wants nor save their souls - they were no portion.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
whom he had, etc. or, who had bit given to them any portion
It is here proposed to show, that every incumbent duty ought, in suitable circumstances, to be engaged to in the exercise of Covenanting. The law and covenant of God are co-extensive; and what is enjoined in the one is confirmed in the other. The proposals of that Covenant include its promises and its duties. The former are made and fulfilled by its glorious Originator; the latter are enjoined and obligatory on man. The duties of that Covenant are God's law; and the demands of the law are all made …
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting
Promises and Threatenings
Palestine Eighteen Centuries Ago
The Holy Spirit as a Teacher.
Then the LORD will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods--gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known.
And the answer will be: "It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the LORD, the God of their ancestors, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt.
Therefore the LORD's anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book.
2 Kings 22:17
Because they have forsaken me and burned incense to other gods and aroused my anger by all the idols their hands have made, my anger will burn against this place and will not be quenched.'
then say to them, 'It is because your ancestors forsook me,' declares the LORD, 'and followed other gods and served and worshiped them. They forsook me and did not keep my law.
because of the evil they have done. They aroused my anger by burning incense to and worshiping other gods that neither they nor you nor your ancestors ever knew.
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