Deuteronomy 4:28
New International Version
There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell.

New Living Translation
There, in a foreign land, you will worship idols made from wood and stone—gods that neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

English Standard Version
And there you will serve gods of wood and stone, the work of human hands, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Berean Study Bible
And there you will serve man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell.

King James Bible
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

New King James Version
And there you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

New American Standard Bible
There you will serve gods, the work of human hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear, nor eat nor smell anything.

NASB 1995
“There you will serve gods, the work of man’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

NASB 1977
“And there you will serve gods, the work of man’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

Amplified Bible
And there you will serve [false and foreign] gods, the work of human hands, [lifeless images of] wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell [the offerings of food given to them].

Christian Standard Bible
There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see, hear, eat, or smell.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see, hear, eat, or smell.

American Standard Version
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you shall serve gods there, the work of the hands of the children of men, of wood and of stone that do not see and do not hear and do not eat and they do not smell.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And ye shall there serve other gods, the works of the hands of men, wood and stones, which cannot see, nor can they hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Contemporary English Version
There you will have to worship gods made of wood and stone, and these are nothing but idols that can't see or hear or eat or smell.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there you shah serve gods, that were framed with men's hands: wood and stone, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

English Revised Version
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Good News Translation
There you will serve gods made by human hands, gods of wood and stone, gods that cannot see or hear, eat or smell.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There you will worship wooden and stone gods made by human hands. These gods can't see, hear, eat, or smell.

International Standard Version
There you'll serve gods made by human hands, serving trees and stones that cannot see, hear, eat, nor smell.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Literal Standard Version
and you have served gods there, work of man’s hands, wood and stone, which do not see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

NET Bible
There you will worship gods made by human hands--wood and stone that can neither see, hear, eat, nor smell.

New Heart English Bible
There you shall serve other gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

World English Bible
There you shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Young's Literal Translation
and ye have served there gods, work of man's hands, wood and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Warning Against Idolatry
27Then the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which the LORD will drive you. 28And there you will serve man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell. 29But if from there you will seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.…

Cross References
Acts 19:26
And you can see and hear that 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
Now 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.

Deuteronomy 28:36
The LORD will bring you and the king you appoint to a nation neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you will worship other gods--gods of wood and stone.

Deuteronomy 28:64
Then the LORD will scatter you among all the nations, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.

Deuteronomy 29:17
You saw the abominations and idols among them made of wood and stone, of silver and gold.

Psalm 115:4
Their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.

Psalm 135:15
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.


Treasury of Scripture

And there you shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

ye shall

Deuteronomy 28:36,64
The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone…

1 Samuel 26:19
Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the LORD have stirred thee up against me, let him accept an offering: but if they be the children of men, cursed be they before the LORD; for they have driven me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the LORD, saying, Go, serve other gods.

Jeremiah 16:13
Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.

neither see

Psalm 115:4-7
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands…

Psalm 135:15,16
The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands…

Isaiah 44:9
They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.









(28) And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands.--That is, "you shall be in bondage to them," being ruled by their worshippers. And so Rashi explains it. Captivity was the means of eradicating idolatry from Israel rather than encouraging it. But the cause of a people and its idols is so constantly identified in the Old Testament, that those who are in bondage to a nation may naturally be described as in bondage to its gods. The gods were even held to be sharers in the captivity of the nation. It is said of Bel and Nebo, in Isaiah 46:2, "They could not deliver . . . but themselves are gone into captivity"

(29, 30, 31) Comp. Deuteronomy 30:1-5 for a more explicit promise and prophecy of the same thing, and see Note on that passage.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And there
שָׁ֣ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's 8033: There, then, thither

you will serve
וַעֲבַדְתֶּם־ (wa·‘ă·ḇaḏ·tem-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave

man-made
מַעֲשֵׂ֖ה (ma·‘ă·śêh)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4639: An action, a transaction, activity, a product, property

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

of wood
עֵ֣ץ (‘êṣ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6086: Tree, trees, wood

and stone,
וָאֶ֔בֶן (wā·’e·ḇen)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 68: A stone

which
אֲשֶׁ֤ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

cannot
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

see
יִרְאוּן֙ (yir·’ūn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's 7200: To see

[or]
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

hear
יִשְׁמְע֔וּן (yiš·mə·‘ūn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

[or]
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

eat
יֹֽאכְל֖וּן (yō·ḵə·lūn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's 398: To eat

[or]
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

smell.
יְרִיחֻֽן׃ (yə·rî·ḥun)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's 7306: Accept, smell, touch, make of quick understanding


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