New International Version
or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air,
King James Bible
The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
Darby Bible Translation
the pattern of any beast that is on the earth, the pattern of any winged fowl that flieth in the heaven,
World English Bible
the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky,
Young's Literal Translation
a form of any beast which is in the earth -- a form of any winged bird which flieth in the heavens --
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The likeness of any beast, etc. - Such as the Egyptian god Apis, who was worshipped under the form of a white bull; the ibis and hawk, among the fowls, had also Divine honors paid to them; serpents and the crocodile among reptiles; besides monkeys, dogs, cats, the scarabaeus, leeks, and onions! See this explained at large, Exodus 20:4 (note).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
In these verses there is an evident allusion to the idolatrous worship in Egypt. Among the Egyptians, almost everything in nature was the object of their idolatry; among BEASTS were oxen heifers, sheep, goats, lions, dogs, monkeys, and cats; among BIRDS, the ibis, crane, and hawk; among REPTILES, the crocodile, serpents, frogs, flies, and beetles; all the FISH of the Nile, and the Nile itself; besides the sun, moon, planets, stars, fire, light, air, darkness, and night. These are all included in the very circumstantial prohibition in the text, and very forcibly in the general terms of Ex.
, the reason of which prohibition becomes self-evident, when the various objects of Egyptian idolatry are considered.
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"Lest thou forget." --DEUTERONOMY iv. 5-13. That is surely the worst affront we can put upon anybody. We may oppose a man and hinder him in his work, or we may directly injure him, or we may ignore him, and treat him as nothing. Or we may forget him! Opposition, injury, contempt, neglect, forgetfulness! Surely this is a descending scale, and the last is the worst. And yet we can forget the Lord God. We can forget all His benefits. We can easily put Him out of mind. We can live as though He were …
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Of the Cities of Refuge.
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The Second Commandment
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below.
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