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Jeremiah 16:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Shall a man make unto himself gods, which yet are no gods?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they [are] no gods?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Can man make gods for himself? Yet they are not gods!
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Shall a man make gods to himself, and they [are] no gods?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no-gods?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Shall, a son of earth, make for himself, gods, Seeing that, they, are no-gods?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Doth man make for himself gods, And they—no gods?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Shall a man make gods unto himself and they are no gods?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Shall a man make Gods vnto himselfe, and they [are] no Gods?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Will a man make gods for himself, whereas these are no gods?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Shall a man make elohim unto himself, and they [are] no elohim?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Shall a man 120
{0120} Prime
אָדָם
'adam
{aw-dawm'}
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
make 6213
{6213} Prime
עָשָׂה
`asah
{aw-saw'}
A primitive root; to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
unto himself, and they x1992
(1992) Complement
הֵם
hem
{haym}
Masculine plural from H1931; they (only used when emphatic).
[are] no x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
lhm אֱלֹהִים? 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Jeremiah 16:19-20.


Jeremiah 16:20

_ _ indignant protest of Jeremiah against idols.

_ _ and they (are) no gods — (Jeremiah 2:11; Isaiah 37:19; Galatians 4:8). “They” refers to the idols. A man (a creature himself) making God is a contradiction in terms. Vulgate takes “they” thus: “Shall man make gods, though men themselves are not gods?”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Jeremiah 16:14-21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 115:4-8 Their idols [are] silver and gold, the work of men's hands. ... They that make them are like unto them; [so is] every one that trusteth in them.
Psalms 135:14-18 For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants. ... They that make them are like unto them: [so is] every one that trusteth in them.
Isaiah 36:19 Where [are] the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where [are] the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
Isaiah 37:19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they [were] no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
Hosea 8:4-6 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew [it] not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off. ... For from Israel [was] it also: the workman made it; therefore it [is] not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.
Acts 19:26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Galatians 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
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Ps 115:4; 135:14. Is 36:19; 37:19. Ho 8:4. Ac 19:26. Ga 1:8; 4:8.

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