English Standard Version
And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.
King James Bible
And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
American Standard Version
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 vain things which shall never profit you, nor deliver you, because they are vain.
English Revised Version
and turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things which cannot profit nor deliver, for they are vain.
Webster's Bible Translation
And turn ye not aside: for then would ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
"But if ye do not hearken to the voice of Jehovah, and strive against His commandment, the hand of Jehovah will be heavy upon you, as upon your fathers." ו in the sense of as, i.e., used in a comparative sense, is most frequently placed before whole sentences (see Ewald, 340, b.); and the use of it here may be explained, on the ground that בּאבתיכם contains the force of an entire sentence: "as it was upon your fathers." The allusion to the fathers is very suitable here, because the people were looking to the king for the removal of all the calamities, which had fallen upon them from time immemorial. The paraphrase of this word, which is adopted in the Septuagint, ἐπὶ τὸν βασιλέα ὑμῶν, is a very unhappy conjecture, although Thenius proposes to alter the text to suit it.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
"Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.
Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them;
Behold, they are all a delusion; their works are nothing; their metal images are empty wind.
"What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols!
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