Parallel Verses

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Yea all the customs and laws of the Gentiles are nothing but vanity. They hew down a tree in the wood with the hands of the workman, and fashion it with the axe;

New American Standard Bible

For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.

King James Version

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

Holman Bible

for the customs of the peoples are worthless.
Someone cuts down a tree from the forest;
it is worked by the hands of a craftsman with a chisel.

International Standard Version

For the practices of the people are worthless. Indeed, a tree is cut down from the forest; it's the work of the hands of a craftsman with an ax.

A Conservative Version

For the customs of the peoples are vanity. For [a man] cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe.

American Standard Version

For the customs of the peoples are vanity; for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe.

Amplified

For the customs and ordinances of the peoples are false, empty, and futile; it is but a tree which one cuts out of the forest [to make for himself a god], the work of the hands of the craftsman with the ax or other tool.

Bible in Basic English

For that which is feared by the people is foolish: it is the work of the hands of the workman; for a tree is cut down by him out of the woods with his axe.

Darby Translation

For the statutes of the peoples are vanity; for it is a tree cut out of the forest, worked with a chisel by the hands of the artizan;

Julia Smith Translation

For the laws of the peoples, this vanity: for they cut down a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe.

King James 2000

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

Lexham Expanded Bible

For the statutes of the peoples [are] vanity, for it [is] a tree cut down from [the] forest, [the] work of [the] hands of a craftsman with the tool.

Modern King James verseion

For the customs of the people are vain; for one cuts a tree out of the forest with the axe, the work of the hands of the workman.

NET Bible

For the religion of these people is worthless. They cut down a tree in the forest, and a craftsman makes it into an idol with his tools.

New Heart English Bible

For the customs of the peoples are vanity; for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe.

The Emphasized Bible

For as for the prescribed customs of the peoples, vanity, they are, - For a tree out of the forest, one cutteth down, Work for the hands of a skilled workman with the axe:

Webster

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.

World English Bible

For the customs of the peoples are vanity; for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe.

Youngs Literal Translation

For the statutes of the peoples are vanity, For a tree from a forest hath one cut, Work of the hands of an artificer, with an axe,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
For the customs
חקּה 
Chuqqah 
Usage: 104

of the people
עם 
`am 
Usage: 1867

הבל הבל 
hebel 
Usage: 73

כּרת 
Karath 
Usage: 287

a tree
עץ 
`ets 
Usage: 329

out of the forest
יער 
Ya`ar 
Usage: 58

the work
מעשׂה 
Ma`aseh 
Usage: 234

of the hands
יד 
Yad 
Usage: 1612

of the workman
חרשׁ 
Charash 
Usage: 37

References

Easton

Axe

Fausets

Hastings

Morish

Context Readings

False Gods Contrasted With The Creator

2 Thus sayeth the LORD, "Ye shall not learn after the manner of the Heathen, and ye shall not be afraid for the tokens of heaven: for the Heathen are afraid of such. 3 Yea all the customs and laws of the Gentiles are nothing but vanity. They hew down a tree in the wood with the hands of the workman, and fashion it with the axe; 4 they cover it over with gold or silver; they fasten it with nails and hammers, that it move not.



Cross References

Isaiah 44:9-20

All carvers of Images are but vain, and the carved images that they love can do no good. They must bear record themselves, that seeing they can neither see nor understand they shall be confounded.

Isaiah 45:20

Let them be gathered and come together, let them draw nigh hither, that are escaped of the people: Have they any understanding, that set up the stocks of their Idols, and praise unto a god, that cannot help them?

Leviticus 18:30

Therefore see that ye keep mine ordinances, that ye commit none of these abominable customs which were committed before you: that ye defile not yourselves therewith, for I am the LORD your God.'"

1 Kings 18:26-28

And they took the ox that was given them and dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning to noon saying, "O Baal, hear us!" But there was no voice nor answer. And they leapt about the altar that they had made.

Isaiah 40:19-31

Shall the carver make him a carved image? And shall the goldsmith cover him with gold, or cast him into a form of silver plates?

Jeremiah 2:5

Thus sayeth the LORD unto you, "What unfaithfulness found your fathers in me, that they went so far away from me, falling to lightness, and being so vain?

Jeremiah 10:8

They are altogether unlearned and unwise. All their cunning is but vanity:

Hosea 8:4-6

They have ordained kings, but not through me: they have made princes, and I must not know of it. Of their silver and gold have they made them images, to bring themselves to destruction.

Habakkuk 2:18-19

What help then will the Image do, whom the workman hath fashioned? Or the vain cast Image, wherein because the craftsmen putteth his trust, therefore maketh he dumb Idols?

Matthew 6:7

"And when ye pray, babble not much, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard, for their much babbling's sake.

Romans 1:21

inasmuch as when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful: but waxed full of vanities in their imaginations. And their foolish hearts were blinded.

1 Peter 1:18

Forasmuch as ye know how that ye were not redeemed with corruptible gold and silver from your vain conversation, which ye received by the traditions of the fathers,

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