Psalm 96:5
New International Version
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

New Living Translation
The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the LORD made the heavens!

English Standard Version
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

Berean Study Bible
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but it is the LORD who made the heavens.

King James Bible
For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

New King James Version
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.

New American Standard Bible
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.

NASB 1995
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.

NASB 1977
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.

Amplified Bible
For all the gods of the peoples are [worthless, lifeless] idols, But the LORD made the heavens.

Christian Standard Bible
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

American Standard Version
For all the gods of the peoples are idols; But Jehovah made the heavens.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because all the gods of the Gentiles are worthless!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For all the gods of the heathen are devils: but the Lord made the heavens.

Contemporary English Version
Other nations worship idols, but the LORD created the heavens.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made the heavens.

English Revised Version
For all the gods of the peoples are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

Good News Translation
The gods of all other nations are only idols, but the LORD created the heavens.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because all the gods of the nations are idols. The LORD made the heavens.

International Standard Version
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For all the gods of the peoples are things of nought; But the LORD made the heavens.

Literal Standard Version
For all the gods of the peoples [are] nothing, "" And YHWH made the heavens.

NET Bible
For all the gods of the nations are worthless, but the LORD made the sky.

New Heart English Bible
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

World English Bible
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but Yahweh made the heavens.

Young's Literal Translation
For all the gods of the peoples are nought, And Jehovah made the heavens.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Sing to the LORD, All the Earth
4For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. 5For all the gods of the nations are idols, but it is the LORD who made the heavens. 6Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty fill His sanctuary.…

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

1 Chronicles 16:26
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but it is the LORD who made the heavens.

Psalm 89:11
The heavens are Yours, and also the earth. The earth and its fullness You founded.

Psalm 102:25
In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.

Psalm 115:15
May you be blessed by the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Isaiah 42:5
This is what God the LORD says--He who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and its offspring, who gives breath to the people on it and life to those who walk in it:

Jeremiah 10:11
Thus you are to tell them: "These gods, who have made neither the heavens nor the earth, will perish from this earth and from under these heavens."

Jeremiah 27:5
By My great power and outstretched arm, I made the earth and the men and beasts on the face of it, and I give it to whom I please.


Treasury of Scripture

For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

for

Psalm 115:3-8
But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased…

Psalm 135:15,18
The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands…

Isaiah 44:8
Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

but

Psalm 115:15
Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Isaiah 42:5
Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:









(5) Idols.--Literally, nothings; Heb., elilim, with a play on the word el, God. This plainly shows that by Gods, in Psalm 96:4, the heathen deities, and not angels, are meant. (See Note, Psalm 95:3.) The LXX. sometimes renders the Hebrew word "idols," sometimes "vanities," but here "demons." Symmachus "nonexistences."

But the Lord made the heavens.--Nothings could not do that, but only Jehovah.

Verse 5. - For all the gods of the nations are idols; rather, vanities, or nothings. In the original there is a play upon the words - the elohim of the nations are mere elilim. Elilim is a favourite designation of the heathen gods in Isaiah. Compare the statement of St. Paul, "We know that an idol is nothing in the world" (1 Corinthians 8:4). But the Lord made the heavens. That which is nothing can do nothing, can make nothing. How far superior is Jehovah, who "made the heavens" (comp. Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 42:5; Isaiah 44:24)!

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּ֤י ׀ (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the gods
אֱלֹהֵ֣י (’ĕ·lō·hê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

of the nations
הָעַמִּ֣ים (hā·‘am·mîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

are idols,
אֱלִילִ֑ים (’ĕ·lî·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 457: Good for, nothing, by anal, vain, vanity, an idol

but [it is] the LORD
וַֽ֝יהוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

who made
עָשָֽׂה׃ (‘ā·śāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

the heavens.
שָׁמַ֥יִם (šā·ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8064: Heaven, sky


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