Psalm 115:4
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New International Version
But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.

New Living Translation
Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.

English Standard Version
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.

Berean Study Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.

New American Standard Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man's hands.

King James Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

Christian Standard Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.

Contemporary English Version
The idols of the nations are made of silver and gold.

Good News Translation
Their gods are made of silver and gold, formed by human hands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.

International Standard Version
Their idols are silver and gold, crafted by human hands.

NET Bible
Their idols are made of silver and gold--they are man-made.

New Heart English Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of the hands of man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Their idols are made of silver and gold. They were made by human hands.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men's hands.

New American Standard 1977
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man’s hands.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

King James 2000 Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

American King James Version
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

American Standard Version
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men's hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The idols of the gentiles are silver and gold, the works of the hands of men.

Darby Bible Translation
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands:

English Revised Version
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
Their idols are silver and gold; the work of men's hands.

World English Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

Young's Literal Translation
Their idols are silver and gold, work of man's hands,
Study Bible
To Your Name Be the Glory
3Our God is in heaven and does as He pleases. 4Their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. 5They have mouths, but cannot speak; they have eyes, but cannot see;…
Cross References
Acts 19:26
And as you see and hear, not only in Ephesus, but in nearly the whole province of Asia, Paul has persuaded a great number of people to turn away. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all.

Revelation 9:20
The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their hands. They did not stop worshiping demons and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk.

Leviticus 19:4
Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods. I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 4:28
And there you will serve man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell.

1 Kings 16:7
Moreover, the word of the LORD came through the prophet Jehu son of Hanani against Baasha and his house, because of all the evil he had done in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him to anger with the work of his hands and becoming like the house of Jeroboam, and also because Baasha struck down the house of Jeroboam.

1 Kings 18:26
And they took the bull that was given them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, shouting, "O Baal, answer us!" But there was no sound, and no one answered as they leaped around the altar they had made.

2 Kings 19:18
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.

2 Chronicles 32:19
They spoke against the God of Jerusalem as they had spoken against the gods of the peoples of the earth--the work of human hands.

Isaiah 2:8
Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made.

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.

Isaiah 40:19
To an idol that a craftsman casts and a metalworker overlays with gold and fits with silver chains?

Isaiah 44:10
Who fashions a god or casts an idol which profits him nothing?

Isaiah 44:20
He feeds on ashes. His deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"

Jeremiah 10:3
For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut down a tree from the forest; it is shaped with a chisel by the hands of a craftsman.

Jeremiah 10:4
They adorn it with silver and gold and fasten it with hammer and nails, so that it will not totter.

Jeremiah 10:9
Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz--the work of a craftsman from the hands of a goldsmith. Their clothing is blue and purple, all fashioned by skilled workers.

Jeremiah 16:20
Can man make gods for himself? Such are not gods!

Daniel 5:4
As they drank the wine, they praised their gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone.

Daniel 5:23
Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. The vessels from His house were brought to you, and as you drank wine from them with your nobles, wives, and concubines, you praised gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you have failed to glorify the God who holds in His hand your very breath and all your ways.

Habakkuk 2:18
What use is an idol, that a craftsman should carve it--or an image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.

Treasury of Scripture

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

their idols. They are metal, stone, and wood; and though generally made in the form of man, they can neither see, hear, smell, feel, walk, nor speak! Even the wiser heathen made them the objects of their jests.

Psalm 97:7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves …

Psalm 135:15-17 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands…

Deuteronomy 4:28 And there you shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and …

Isaiah 40:19,20 The workman melts a graven image, and the goldsmith spreads it over …

Isaiah 42:17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust …

Isaiah 46:1,2,6,7 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops, their idols were on the beasts, and on …

Jeremiah 10:3-6 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of …

Hosea 8:6 For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is …

Habakkuk 2:18-20 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has graven it; …

Acts 19:26,35 Moreover you see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost …

1 Corinthians 10:19,20 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered …







(4-8) This passage cannot compare with the magnificent irony of Isaiah 44:9-20, but there is still a noticeable vein of sarcasm running through it, visible even more in the original than in the English. (Comp. Psalm 135:15-18.)

Verses 4-8. - The scorn of the heathen is retaliated. They scoff at the God of Israel. What, then, are their own gods? Silver and gold indeed (ver. 4), but the work of human hands. Fashioned into a human shape, as if they were sentient being - but absolutely devoid of all sense and intelligence. The satire is somewhat roughly worked out (vers. 5-7), but idolatry provokes rough speaking; and the tone here adopted is imitated in Psalm 135:15-18, and echoed in Isaiah 44:9-20. The inspired writers seem to have felt, that, when idolatry came under consideration, the criticism should be brief and trenchant. Verse 4. - Their idols are silver and gold. At the best - often mere wood and stone (Deuteronomy 4:28); but the idols of the Babylonians were mostly of the more precious materials (Herod., 1:183; Daniel 3:1; Ep. Jeremiah 1:4, 11, etc.). The work of men's hands (Psalm 135:15; Isaiah 44:12-17). To avoid this reproach, some images were said to have fallen down from heaven (Acts 19:35). Their idols are silver and gold,.... The idols of the Gentiles; so the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions. The gods they serve and worship are not in the heavens; but the matter of which they are made is dug out of the earth: and this is the greatest excellency and value that there is in them; and such as are made of these are of the greatest worth, and yet only for the matter of them, otherwise useless and inanimate statues; such are the idols of the Papists, Revelation 9:20.

The work of men's hands; the matter of them is gold and silver, which they owe to the earth as their original; the form of them they owe to men, and therefore can not be God, Hosea 8:6. If it is idolatry to worship what God has made, the sun, moon, and stars, it must be gross idolatry, and great stupidity, to worship what man has made: if it is sinful to worship the creature besides the Creator, or more than him, it must be still more so to worship the creature of a creature. 4-7. (Compare Isa 40:18-20; 44:9-20).115:1-8 Let no opinion of our own merits have any place in our prayers or in our praises. All the good we do, is done by the power of his grace; and all the good we have, is the gift of his mere mercy, and he must have all the praise. Are we in pursuit of any mercy, and wrestling with God for it, we must take encouragement in prayer from God only. Lord, do so for us; not that we may have the credit and comfort of it, but that they mercy and truth may have the glory of it. The heathen gods are senseless things. They are the works of men's hands: the painter, the carver, the statuary, can put no life into them, therefore no sense. The psalmist hence shows the folly of the worshippers of idols.
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