New Living Translation
They decorate it with gold and silver and then fasten it securely with hammer and nails so it won't fall over.
King James Bible
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
Darby Bible Translation
they deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
World English Bible
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it not move.
Young's Literal Translation
With silver and with gold they beautify it, With nails and with hammers they fix it, And it doth not stumble.
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I remember once going to a chapel where this happened to be the text, and the good man who occupied the pulpit was more than a little of an Arminian. Therefore, when he commenced, he said, "This passage refers entirely to our temporal inheritance. It has nothing whatever to do with our everlasting destiny: for," said he, "We do not want Christ to choose for us in the matter of heaven or hell. It is so plain and easy that every man who has a grain of common sense will choose heaven; and any person …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855
"And Hereby we do Know that we Know Him, if we Keep his Commandments. "
"Hear the Word of the Lord, Ye Rulers of Sodom, Give Ear unto the Law of Our God, Ye People of Gomorrah,"
The Rending of the Kingdom
Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.
Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?
Or if people are too poor for that, they might at least choose wood that won't decay and a skilled craftsman to carve an image that won't fall down!
The carver encourages the goldsmith, and the molder helps at the anvil. "Good," they say. "It's coming along fine." Carefully they join the parts together, then fasten the thing in place so it won't fall over.
Some people pour out their silver and gold and hire a craftsman to make a god from it. Then they bow down and worship it!
Now they continue to sin by making silver idols, images shaped skillfully with human hands. "Sacrifice to these," they cry, "and kiss the calf idols!"
What sorrow awaits you who say to wooden idols, 'Wake up and save us!' To speechless stone images you say, 'Rise up and teach us!' Can an idol tell you what to do? They may be overlaid with gold and silver, but they are lifeless inside.
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