Parallel Verses

King James 2000

They that regard vain idols forsake their own mercy.

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.

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 came in unto you, into your holy temple. 8 They that regard vain idols forsake their own mercy. 9 But I will sacrifice unto you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is 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 nations 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 them that regard vain idols: but I trust in the LORD.

Jeremiah 2:13

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed themselves out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Jeremiah 10:8

But they are altogether senseless and foolish: the wooden idol is a doctrine of vanities.

1 Samuel 12:21

And turn you not aside: for then should you go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

Jeremiah 10:14-15

Every man is senseless in his knowledge: every goldsmith is put to shame by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

Jeremiah 16:19

O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the nations shall come unto you 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

What profits the graven image that its maker has shaped it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusts in it, to make dumb idols?

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