Isaiah 40:19

“The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The workeman melteth a grauen image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it ouer with golde, and casteth siluer chaines.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{As for} the idol, a craftsman casts it, A goldsmith plates it with gold, And a silversmith {fashions} chains of silver.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The image, a workman hath cast `it', and the goldsmith overlayeth it with gold, and casteth `for it' silver chains.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The workman makes an image, and the gold-worker puts gold plates over it, and makes silver bands for it.
- Basic English Bible

The workman casteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains [for it].
- Darby Bible

The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.
- Webster's Bible

A workman has cast an image, and the goldsmith overlays it with gold, and casts silver chains for it.
- World English Bible

The graven image poured out hath a artizan, And a refiner with gold spreadeth it over, And chains of silver he is refining.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The image perchance, which the craftsman hath melted, and the goldsmith spread over with gold, the silversmith casting silver chains?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 40:19


40:19 Melteth - He melts metal into a mould, which afterwards is graven or carved to make it more exact.


Discussion for Isaiah 40

  • Helen
    Isaiah 40:31 has been a lifter to my soul. In one of my deepest despair this Scripture gave me
    peace and comfort for what I was going through. It gave me strength.
  • Joshua McAdow
    During the reading of God's Word something was brought to my attention that Jesus might be trying to tell someone right now. We are all going to fall in love with something beautiful in this life. That thing or person or concept will not last very long even in this life our time is short. But one thing is for sure God's Word will stay with us forever. If we invest in the temporary we will only gain temporary rewards. But there is opportunity to invest in something eternal. We ought to pick one thing today that we know is eternal like the sharing of God's Word even at the expense of something we else might do. Amen.
  • Steve morrow
    1 PETER 1:23 BEING BORN AGAIN NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE BY THE WORD OF GOD WHICH LIVETH AND ABIDETH FOREVER --- 1:24 --- FOR ALL FLESH IS AS GRASS AND ALL THE GLORY OF MAN --AS THE FLOWER OF GRASS-- THE GRASS WITHERETH AND THE FLOWER THEREOF FALLETH AWAY --- 1:25 --- BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURETH FOREVER AND THIS IS THE WORD WHICH BY THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED UNTO YOU --- 1 CORINTHIANS 3:13 --- EVERY MANS WORK SHALL BE MADE MANIFEST FOR THE DAY SHALL DECLARE IT BECAUSE IT SHALL BE REVEALED BY FIRE AND THE FIRE SHALL TRY EVERY MANS WORK OF WHAT SORT IT IS --- 3:14 --- IF ANY MANS WORK ABIDE WHICH HE HATH BUILT THEREUPON HE SHALL RECEIVE A REWARD --- PSALM 127:1 --- EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT EXCEPT THE LORD KEEP THE CITY THE WATCHMAN WAKETH BUT IN VAIN
  • BSP
    Verse 8: Some have tried to destroy God's Word throughout the centuries, but this verse shows that God's Word endures forever.
  • BSP
    Verse 15 shows that no matter how great and mighty a nation may be, they amount to a "drop of a bucket" in his eyes.
  • Sharon Goggins
    Isaiah Chapter 40 know that God is the creator of all thing he sit high and look down low and intercedes on our behalf. If you ever need God remember to cry out with your whole heart and he will respond with his Mighty power to do what we cannot do in our own strength .Before the foundation of the world Gen1 He did not need us then and he surely does not need us now. No one instruction and advise.

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