Psalm 115:4
New International Version
But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.

New Living Translation
Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.

English Standard Version
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.

Berean Study Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men.

King James Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

New King James Version
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands.

New American Standard Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of human hands.

NASB 1995
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man’s hands.

NASB 1977
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man’s hands.

Amplified Bible
The idols [of the nations] are silver and gold, The work of man’s hands.

Christian Standard Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.

American Standard Version
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men's hands.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of the hands of man.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the works of men's hands.

Contemporary English Version
The idols of the nations are made of silver and gold.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The idols of the gentiles are silver and gold, the works of the hands of men.

English Revised Version
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

Good News Translation
Their gods are made of silver and gold, formed by human hands.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Their idols are made of silver and gold. They were made by human hands.

International Standard Version
Their idols are silver and gold, crafted by human hands.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men's hands.

Literal Standard Version
Their idols [are] silver and gold, work of man’s hands,

NET Bible
Their idols are made of silver and gold--they are man-made.

New Heart English Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

World English Bible
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

Young's Literal Translation
Their idols are silver and gold, work of man's hands,

Additional Translations ...
Context
To Your Name Be the Glory
3Our God is in heaven; He does as He pleases. 4Their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. 5They have mouths, but cannot speak; they have eyes, but cannot see;…

Cross References
Acts 19:26
And you can see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in nearly the whole province of Asia, Paul has persuaded a great number of people to turn away. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all.

Revelation 9:20
Now the rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their hands. They did not stop worshiping demons and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk.

Leviticus 19:4
Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods. I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 4:28
And there you will serve man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell.

1 Kings 16:7
Moreover, the word of the LORD came through the prophet Jehu son of Hanani against Baasha and his house, because of all the evil he had done in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him to anger with the work of his hands and becoming like the house of Jeroboam, and also because Baasha had struck down the house of Jeroboam.

1 Kings 18:26
And they took the bull that was given them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, shouting, "O Baal, answer us!" But there was no sound, and no one answered as they leaped around the altar they had made.

2 Kings 19:18
They have cast their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods, but only wood and stone--the work of human hands.


Treasury of Scripture

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

their idols.

Psalm 97:7
Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

Psalm 135:15-17
The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands…

Deuteronomy 4:28
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.









(4-8) This passage cannot compare with the magnificent irony of Isaiah 44:9-20, but there is still a noticeable vein of sarcasm running through it, visible even more in the original than in the English. (Comp. Psalm 135:15-18.)

Verses 4-8. - The scorn of the heathen is retaliated. They scoff at the God of Israel. What, then, are their own gods? Silver and gold indeed (ver. 4), but the work of human hands. Fashioned into a human shape, as if they were sentient being - but absolutely devoid of all sense and intelligence. The satire is somewhat roughly worked out (vers. 5-7), but idolatry provokes rough speaking; and the tone here adopted is imitated in Psalm 135:15-18, and echoed in Isaiah 44:9-20. The inspired writers seem to have felt, that, when idolatry came under consideration, the criticism should be brief and trenchant. Verse 4. - Their idols are silver and gold. At the best - often mere wood and stone (Deuteronomy 4:28); but the idols of the Babylonians were mostly of the more precious materials (Herod., 1:183; Daniel 3:1; Ep. Jeremiah 1:4, 11, etc.). The work of men's hands (Psalm 135:15; Isaiah 44:12-17). To avoid this reproach, some images were said to have fallen down from heaven (Acts 19:35).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Their idols
עֲ‍ֽ֭צַבֵּיהֶם (‘ăṣab·bê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 6091: An, image

are silver
כֶּ֣סֶף (ke·sep̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3701: Silver, money

and gold,
וְזָהָ֑ב (wə·zā·hāḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2091: Gold, something gold-colored, as oil, a clear sky

made
מַ֝עֲשֵׂ֗ה (ma·‘ă·śêh)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4639: An action, a transaction, activity, a product, property

by the hands
יְדֵ֣י (yə·ḏê)
Noun - fdc
Strong's 3027: A hand

of men.
אָדָֽם׃ (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being


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