New Living Translation
They have ears but cannot hear, and noses but cannot smell.
King James Bible
They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
Darby Bible Translation
They have ears, and they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouth.
World English Bible
They have ears, but they can't hear; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
Young's Literal Translation
Ears they have, and they give not ear, Nose -- there is no breath in their mouth!
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CommentaryPsalm 135:17 Parallel Commentaries
The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see.
And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them.
Those we served before are dead and gone. Their departed spirits will never return! You attacked them and destroyed them, and they are long forgotten.
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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