Bible Verse Explanations and Resources


Isaiah 44:17

Adam Clarke
Bible Commentary

He falleth down unto it - There were four forms of adoration used among the Hebrews:

  1. השתחוה Hishtachavah, The prostration of the whole body.
  2. קדד Kadad, The bowing of the head.
  3. כרע Cara, The bending of the upper part of the body down to the knees.

4. ברך Barach, Bowing the knee, or kneeling. See on Isaiah 49:23; (note).

Matthew Henry
Concise Bible Commentary
Image-making is described, to expose the folly of idolaters. Though a man had used part of a log for fuel, he fell down before an image made of the remainder, praying it to deliver him. Man greatly dishonours God, when he represents him after the image of man. Satan blinds the eyes of unbelievers, causing absurd reasonings in matters of religion. Whether men seek happiness in worldly things, or run into unbelief, superstition, or any false system, they feed on ashes. A heart deceived by pride, love of sin, and departure from God, turns men aside from his holy truth and worship. While the affections are depraved, a man holds fast the lie as his best treasure. Are our hearts set upon the wealth of the world and its pleasures? They will certainly prove a lie. If we trust to outward professions and doings, as if those would save us, we deceive ourselves. Self-suspicion is the first step towards self-deliverance. He that would deliver his soul, must question his conscience, Is there not a lie in my right hand?