1 Samuel 12:21
Good News Translation
Don't go after false gods; they cannot help you or save you, for they are not real.

Contemporary English Version
Don't worship idols! They don't have any power, and they can't help you or save you when you're in trouble.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And turn not aside after vain things, which shall never profit you, nor deliver you, because they are vain.

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And turn not aside after vain things, which shall never profit you, nor deliver you, because they are vain.

vain things

Deuteronomy 32:21 They have provoked me with that which was no god, and have angered me with their vanities: and I will provoke them with that which is no people, and will vex them with a foolish nation.

Jeremiah 2:5,13 Thus saith the Lord: What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? . . .

Jeremiah 10:8,15 They shall be all proved together to be senseless and foolish: the doctrine of their vanity is wood. . . .

Jeremiah 14:22 Are there any among the graven things of the Gentiles that can send rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou the Lord our God, whom we have looked for? for thou hast made all these things.

Jeremiah 16:19 O Lord, my might, and my strength, and my refuge in the day of tribulation: to thee the Gentiles shall come from the ends of the earth, and shall say: Surely our fathers have possessed lies, a vanity which hath not profited them.

Jonah 2:8 When my soul was in distress within me, I remembered the Lord: that my prayer may come to thee, unto the holy temple.

Habakkuk 2:18 What doth the graven thing avail, because the maker thereof hath graven it, a molten, and a false image? because the forger thereof hath trusted in a thing of his own forging, to make dumb idols.

1 Corinthians 8:4 But as for the meats that are sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world and that there is no God but one.

cannot profit

Psalm 115:4-8 The idols of the Gentiles are silver and gold, the works of the hands of men. . . .

Isaiah 41:23,24 Shew the things that are to come hereafter, and we shall know that ye are gods. Do ye also good or evil, if you can: and let us speak, and see together. . . .

Isaiah 44:9,10 The makers of idols are all of them nothing, and their best beloved things shall not profit them. They are their witnesses, that they do not see, nor understand, that they may be ashamed. . . .

Isaiah 45:20 Assemble yourselves, and come, and draw near together, ye that are saved of the Gentiles: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven work, and pray to a god that cannot save.

Isaiah 46:7 You that contribute gold out of the bag, and weigh out silver in the scales: and hire a goldsmith to make a god: and they fall down and worship.

Jeremiah 10:15 They are vain things, and a ridiculous work: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.

Context
Samuel's Farewell Address
20And Samuel said to the people: Fear not, you have done all this evil: but yet depart not from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. 21And turn not aside after vain things, which shall never profit you, nor deliver you, because they are vain.22And the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because the Lord hath sworn to make you his people.…
Cross References
Acts 14:15
And saying: Ye men, why do ye these things? We also are mortals, men like unto you, preaching to you to be converted from these vain things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all things that are in them:

Deuteronomy 11:16
Beware lest perhaps your heart be deceived, and you depart from the Lord, and serve strange gods, and adore them:

Isaiah 41:29
Behold they are all in the wrong, and their works are vain: their idols are wind and vanity.

Habakkuk 2:18
What doth the graven thing avail, because the maker thereof hath graven it, a molten, and a false image? because the forger thereof hath trusted in a thing of his own forging, to make dumb idols.

Additional Translations
Do not turn aside after worthless things that cannot profit you or deliver you, for they are empty.And turn you not aside: for then should you go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

and turn ye not aside; for then would ye go after vain things which cannot profit nor deliver, for they are vain.

And turn not aside after the gods that are nothing, who will do nothing, and will not deliver you, because they are nothing.

and turn ye not aside; for [it would be] after vain things which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

and turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things which cannot profit nor deliver, for they are vain.

And turn ye not aside: for then would ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

Don't turn aside; for [then you would go] after vain things which can't profit nor deliver, for they are vain.

and ye do not turn aside after the vain things which do not profit nor deliver, for they are vain,
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