What does Isaiah 40:19 mean?
ESV: An idol! A craftsman casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and casts for it silver chains.
NIV: As for an idol, a metalworker casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it.
NASB: As for the idol, a craftsman casts it, A goldsmith plates it with gold, And a silversmith fashions chains of silver.
CSB: An idol?—something that a smelter casts and a metalworker plates with gold and makes silver chains for?
NLT: Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?
KJV: The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.
NKJV: The workman molds an image, The goldsmith overspreads it with gold, And the silversmith casts silver chains.
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Isaiah is among the most important prophetic books in the entire Bible. The first segment details God's impending judgment against ancient peoples for sin and idolatry (Isaiah 1—35). The second part of Isaiah briefly explains a failed assault on Jerusalem during the rule of Hezekiah (Isaiah 36—39). The final chapters predict Israel's rescue from Babylonian captivity (Isaiah 40—48), the promised Messiah (Isaiah 49—57), and the final glory of Jerusalem and God's people (Isaiah 58—66).
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