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Jeremiah 10:4

4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.

Read Jeremiah 10:4 Using Other Translations

They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move.
They decorate it with gold and silver and then fasten it securely with hammer and nails so it won’t fall over.

What does Jeremiah 10:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 10:4

They deck it with silver and with gold
Cover it with plates of silver and gold, for the sake of ornament, that it may look grand, majestic, and venerable; and by this means draw the eye and attention, and so the devotion of people to it: they fasten it with nails and hammers, that it move not.
The sense is, either that the idol was fastened to some post or pillar, or in some certain place on a pedestal, that it might not fall, it not being able otherwise to support itself; or the plates of silver and gold, as Kimchi thinks, were fastened to the idol with nails and hammers, that so they might not be taken away from it; for, were it not for the nails, the god would not be able to keep his silver and golden deckings.

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