Psalms 106:36

36 They served their idols, which became 1a snare to them.

Psalms 106:36 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 106:36

And they served their idols
Of gold and silver, wood and stone; the works of men's hands, senseless creatures; which are nothing in the world, and bring grief and sorrow to the worshippers of them, from whence they have their name here given them; see ( Psalms 16:4 ) . They served "their" idols, the idols of the Canaanites, who were dispossessed of their land for their idolatries and other sins; and these Israelites were put in their place. They served those which they were ordered to destroy; they who knew the true God, whose servants they were, or ought to have been, and professed to be, and were so called; and yet served the idols of the nations driven out before them. Which were a snare unto them; either the Canaanites were, who were left in the land, with whom they mixed, and whose works they learned; these ensnared them, and drew them into idolatry, ( Joshua 23:13 ) , or the idols they worshipped, which were the cause of many evils and calamities, ( Judges 2:3 ) , or the act of serving and worshipping them, ( Exodus 23:33 ) ( Deuteronomy 7:16 ) . They were by these means like a bird or beast in a snare, and brought into trouble and distress, out of which they could not extricate themselves.

Psalms 106:36 In-Context

34 They did not destroy the peoples, as the LORD commanded them,
35 but they mixed with the nations and learned to do as they did.
36 They served their idols, which became a snare to them.
37 They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons;
38 they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Exodus 23:33; Deuteronomy 7:16; Judges 2:3