Leviticus 19:4

4 “ ‘Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 19:4 in Other Translations

4 Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.
4 Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the LORD your God.
4 “Do not put your trust in idols or make metal images of gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.
4 "Don't take up with no-god idols. Don't make gods of cast metal. I am God, your God.
4 Do not turn to idols or make cast images of gods for yourselves; I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 19:4 Meaning and Commentary

Leviticus 19:4

Turn ye not unto idols
From the one only true and living God to them that are not gods, as the word used signifies, who are nothing; for, as the apostle says, an idol is nothing in the world, ( 1 Corinthians 8:4 ) , is of no worth and value, of no consequence and importance, of no avail and usefulness to its devotees; wherefore to turn from the true God to such as these is the greatest stupidity, as well as wickedness: or "look not" at them F7 for help or assistance, for they are not able to give it: and to look at them so as to view them attentively, and consider their likeness, the Jews say F8 is forbidden; and even in the heart and mind, as Aben Ezra observes, to have respect unto them was not right; or in the thoughts, as Gersom: nor make to yourselves molten gods;
of gold, silver, or brass, melted and cast into a mould, as the golden calf was, to which respect may be had. These laws have a respect unto the first and second commandments, ( Exodus 20:3 Exodus 20:4 ) : I [am] the Lord, your God;
who only is to be worshipped, and who has forbid the making and worshipping any image, molten or graven, and who will therefore resent idolatry of every sort, and punish for it.


F7 (wnpt la) "ne respiciatis", Montanus, Tigurine version, Drusius.
F8 Pesichta, Maimonides.

Leviticus 19:4 In-Context

2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
3 “ ‘Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God.
4 “ ‘Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the LORD your God.
5 “ ‘When you sacrifice a fellowship offering to the LORD, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.
6 It shall be eaten on the day you sacrifice it or on the next day; anything left over until the third day must be burned up.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Exodus 20:4; Exodus 20:4,23; Exodus 34:17; Leviticus 26:1; Judges 17:3; Psalms 96:5; Psalms 115:4-7; Psalms 135:15
  • 2. Leviticus 11:44
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