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Want to know what the Bible says about idols? Here are 69 Bible verses about idols from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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Exodus 20:3 NIV
“You shall have no other gods before me.
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Exodus 20:4 NIV
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
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Isaiah 44:9-12 NIV
9 All who make idols are nothing,
    and the things they treasure are worthless.
Those who would speak up for them are blind;
    they are ignorant, to their own shame.
10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol,
    which can profit nothing?
11 People who do that will be put to shame;
    such craftsmen are only human beings.
Let them all come together and take their stand;
    they will be brought down to terror and shame.
12 The blacksmith takes a tool
    and works with it in the coals;
he shapes an idol with hammers,
    he forges it with the might of his arm.
He gets hungry and loses his strength;
    he drinks no water and grows faint.
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Hebrews 13:5 NIV
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”
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Jonah 2:8 NIV
“Those who cling to worthless idols
    turn away from God’s love for them.
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Leviticus 26:1 NIV
“‘Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.
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Habakkuk 2:18 NIV
“Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman?
    Or an image that teaches lies?
For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation;
    he makes idols that cannot speak.
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1 John 5:21 NIV
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
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Isaiah 37:19 NIV
They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.
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Isaiah 30:22 NIV
Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Away with you!
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1 Chronicles 16:26 NIV
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
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Ezekiel 20:32 NIV
“‘You say, “We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone.” But what you have in mind will never happen.
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Romans 1:21-23 NIV
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
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Colossians 3:5 NIV
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
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Colossians 2:8 NIV
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
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Leviticus 19:4 NIV
“‘Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the Lord your God.
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Acts 19:25 NIV
He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business.
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1 John 4:1 NIV
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
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Exodus 34:17 NIV
“Do not make any idols.
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2 Kings 19:18 NIV
They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.
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