Psalm 81:9
New International Version
You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me.

New Living Translation
You must never have a foreign god; you must not bow down before a false god.

English Standard Version
There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.

Berean Study Bible
There must be no strange god among you, nor shall you bow to a foreign god.

New American Standard Bible
"Let there be no strange god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god.

King James Bible
There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.

Christian Standard Bible
There must not be a strange god among you; you must not bow down to a foreign god.

Contemporary English Version
Don't worship foreign gods or bow down to gods you know nothing about.

Good News Translation
You must never worship another god.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There must not be a strange god among you; you must not bow down to a foreign god.

International Standard Version
You must neither have a foreign god over you or worship a strange god.

NET Bible
There must be no other god among you. You must not worship a foreign god.

New Heart English Bible
There shall be no strange god in you, neither shall you worship any foreign god.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You shall have no strange god neither shall you worship to serve another.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never keep any strange god among you. Never worship a foreign god.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any foreign god.

New American Standard 1977
“Let there be no strange god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god.

Jubilee Bible 2000
no strange god shall be in thee, neither shalt thou worship any strange god.

King James 2000 Bible
There shall no strange god be among you; neither shall you worship any foreign god.

American King James Version
There shall no strange god be in you; neither shall you worship any strange god.

American Standard Version
There shall no strange god be in thee; Neither shalt thou worship any foreign god.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
there shall be no new god in thee; neither shalt thou worship a strange god.

Douay-Rheims Bible
there shall be no new god in thee: neither shalt thou adore a strange god.

Darby Bible Translation
There shall no strange god be in thee, neither shalt thou worship any foreign god.

English Revised Version
There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.

Webster's Bible Translation
There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.

World English Bible
There shall be no strange god in you, neither shall you worship any foreign god.

Young's Literal Translation
There is not in thee a strange god, And thou bowest not thyself to a strange god.
Study Bible
Sing for Joy to God, Our Strength
8Hear, O My people, and I will warn you: O Israel, if only you would listen to Me! 9There must be no strange god among you, nor shall you bow to a foreign god. 10I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth, and I will fill it.…
Cross References
Exodus 20:3
You shall have no other gods before Me.

Deuteronomy 5:7
You shall have no other gods before Me.

Deuteronomy 32:12
The LORD alone led him, and no foreign god was with him.

Psalm 44:20
If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god,

Isaiah 43:12
I alone decreed and saved and proclaimed--I, and not some foreign god among you. So you are My witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God.

Treasury of Scripture

There shall no strange god be in you; neither shall you worship any strange god.

there shall

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

1 Corinthians 8:5,6
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) …

strange

Deuteronomy 6:14
Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;

Deuteronomy 32:12
So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

Isaiah 43:12
I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.







Lexicon
There must be no
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

strange
זָ֑ר (zār)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2114: To turn aside, to be a, foreigner, strange, profane, to commit adultery

god
אֵ֣ל (’êl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

among you,
בְ֭ךָ (ḇə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

nor shall you
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

bow
תִ֝שְׁתַּחֲוֶ֗ה (ṯiš·ta·ḥă·weh)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7812: To depress, prostrate

to a foreign
נֵכָֽר׃ (nê·ḵār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5236: That which is foreign, foreignness

god.
לְאֵ֣ל (lə·’êl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty
(9) Open . . .--A condensed statement of God's gracious promise (Deuteronomy 7:12-13; Deuteronomy 8:7; Deuteronomy 8:9; Deuteronomy 11:13; Deuteronomy 11:16, &c). It is said to have been a custom in Persia, that when the king wishes to do a visitor especial honour he desires him to open his mouth wide, and the king then-crams it full of sweetmeats, and sometimes even with jewels. And to this day it is a mark of politeness in Orientals to tear off the daintiest bits of meat for a guest, and either lay them before him, or put them in his mouth. (See Thomson, Land and Book, p. 127.)

Verse 9. - There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god (comp; Exodus 20:3; Deuteronomy 5:7). Such worship had evidently begun, and required to be forbidden afresh. 81:8-16 We cannot look for too little from the creature, nor too much from the Creator. We may have enough from God, if we pray for it in faith. All the wickedness of the world is owing to man's wilfulness. People are not religious, because they will not be so. God is not the Author of their sin, he leaves them to the lusts of their own hearts, and the counsels of their own heads; if they do not well, the blame must be upon themselves. The Lord is unwilling that any should perish. What enemies sinners are to themselves! It is sin that makes our troubles long, and our salvation slow. Upon the same conditions of faith and obedience, do Christians hold those spiritual and eternal good things, which the pleasant fields and fertile hills of Canaan showed forth. Christ is the Bread of life; he is the Rock of salvation, and his promises are as honey to pious minds. But those who reject him as their Lord and Master, must also lose him as their Saviour and their reward.
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