New International Version
They say to wood, 'You are my father,' and to stone, 'You gave me birth.' They have turned their backs to me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say, 'Come and save us!'
King James Bible
Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
Darby Bible Translation
saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth; for they have turned the back unto me, and not the face; and in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us!
World English Bible
who tell wood, 'You are my father;' and a stone, 'You have brought me out:' for they have turned their back to me, and not their face; but in the time of their trouble they will say, 'Arise, and save us.'
Young's Literal Translation
Saying to wood, 'My father art thou!' And to a stone, 'Thou hast brought me forth,' For they turned unto me the back and not the face, And in the time of their vexation, They say, 'Arise Thou, and save us.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thou art my father - By thee we have been produced, and by thee we are sustained. This was the property of the true God; for he is the Author and Supporter of being. How deeply fallen and brutishly ignorant must they be when they could attribute this to the stock of a tree!
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
to a stock
brought me forth. or, begotten me. for they
their back. Heb. the hinder part of the neck. but in the time
LibraryStiff-Necked Idolaters and Pliable Christians
'Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but My people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.'--JER. ii. 11. The obstinacy of the adherents of idolatry is in striking contrast with Israel's continual tendency to forsake Jehovah. It reads a scarcely less forcible lesson to many nominal and even to some real Christians. I. That contrast carries with it a disclosure of the respective origins of the two kinds of Religion. The strangeness of the contrasted conduct is …
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"He is the Rock, his Work is Perfect, for all his Ways are Judgment, a God of Truth, and Without Iniquity, Just and Right is He.
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Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, "We have sinned against you, forsaking our God and serving the Baals."
LORD, they came to you in their distress; when you disciplined them, they could barely whisper a prayer.
Because Israel's immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood.
Like a wind from the east, I will scatter them before their enemies; I will show them my back and not my face in the day of their disaster."
How awful that day will be! No other will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.
They turned their backs to me and not their faces; though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond to discipline.
King Zedekiah, however, sent Jehukal son of Shelemiah with the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah to Jeremiah the prophet with this message: "Please pray to the LORD our God for us."
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