New International Version
From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, "Save me! You are my god!"
King James Bible
And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.
Darby Bible Translation
And with the remainder thereof he maketh a god, his graven image; he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me, for thou art my god.
World English Bible
The rest of it he makes into a god, even his engraved image. He bows down to it and worships, and prays to it, and says, "Deliver me; for you are my god!"
Young's Literal Translation
And its remnant for a god he hath made -- For his graven image, He falleth down to it, and worshippeth, And prayeth unto it, and he saith, 'Deliver me, for my god thou art.'
Isaiah 44:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He falleth down unto it - There were four forms of adoration used among the Hebrews:
1. השתחוה Hishtachavah, The prostration of the whole body.
2. קדד Kadad, The bowing of the head.
3. כרע Cara, The bending of the upper part of the body down to the knees.
4. ברך Barach, Bowing the knee, or kneeling. See on Isaiah 49:23 (note).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryFeeding on Ashes
'He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?'--ISAIAH xliv. 20. The prophet has been pouring fierce scorn on idolaters. They make, he says, the gods they worship. They take a tree and saw it up: one log serves for a fire to cook their food, and with compass and pencil and plane they carve the figure of a man, and then they bow down to it and say, 'Deliver me, for thou art my god!' He sums up the whole …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Privilege of Prayer
"But if Ye have Bitter Envying and Strife in Your Hearts, Glory Not," &C.
There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty."
1 Kings 18:26
So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. "Baal, answer us!" they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.
1 Kings 18:28
So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed.
Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made.
It is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.
Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, "Ah! I am warm; I see the fire."
"Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save.
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