Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

“Those who regard vain idols
Forsake their faithfulness,

King James Version

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

Holman Bible

Those who cling to worthless idols
forsake faithful love,

International Standard Version

Those who cling to vain idols leave behind the gracious love that could have been theirs.

A Conservative Version

Those who regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

American Standard Version

They that regard lying vanities Forsake their own mercy.


“Those who regard and follow worthless idols
Turn away from their [living source of] mercy and lovingkindness.

Bible in Basic English

The worshippers of false gods have given up their only hope.

Darby Translation

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

Julia Smith Translation

They watching the vanities of falsehood will forsake their kindness.

King James 2000

They that regard vain idols forsake their own mercy.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Those who worship vain idols forsake their loyal love.

Modern King James verseion

They who take heed to lying vanities forsake their kindness;

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

They that observe vain vanities, have forsaken him that was merciful unto them.

NET Bible

Those who worship worthless idols forfeit the mercy that could be theirs.

New Heart English Bible

Those who regard worthless things forsake their faithfulness.

The Emphasized Bible

They who take heed to the vanities of falsehood, do, their own lovingkindness, forsake.


They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

World English Bible

Those who regard lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

Youngs Literal Translation

Those observing lying vanities their own mercy forsake.


Root Form
Usage: 468

שׁו שׁואo 
Usage: 53

הבל הבל 
Usage: 73





Context Readings

Jonah Is Swallowed By A Fish And Prays To Yahweh

7 When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer entered in unto thee in thy holy temple. 8 “Those who regard vain idols
Forsake their faithfulness,
9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that which I have vowed; that saving comes of the LORD.

Cross References

2 Kings 17:15

And they rejected his statutes and his covenant that he made with their fathers and his testimonies which he testified against them, and they followed vanity and became vain and went after the Gentiles that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.

Psalm 31:6

I have hated those that regard lying vanities; but I wait in the LORD.

Jeremiah 2:13

For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters to hew them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Jeremiah 10:8

But they shall become altogether carnal and foolish. The stock is a doctrine of vanities.

1 Samuel 12:21

do not turn aside after vain things which cannot profit nor deliver, for they are vain.

Jeremiah 10:14-15

Every man is carnal in his knowledge: let every founder be ashamed of his graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no spirit in them.

Jeremiah 16:19

O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the time of the affliction; Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things in which there is no profit.

Habakkuk 2:18-20

Of what profit is the graven image that its maker has sculpted; the molten image, that teaches lies, so that in making dumb images the maker trusts in his work?

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