1 Sam. 12:21 KJV (With Strong’s)

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And turn ye not aside
cuwr (Hebrew #5493)
a primitive root; to turn off (literal or figurative)
KJV usage: be(-head), bring, call back, decline, depart, eschew, get (you), go (aside), X grievous, lay away (by), leave undone, be past, pluck away, put (away, down), rebel, remove (to and fro), revolt, X be sour, take (away, off), turn (aside, away, in), withdraw, be without.
Pronounce: soor
Origin: or suwr (Hosea 9:12) {soor}
: for then should ye go after
'achar (Hebrew #310)
properly, the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjunction, after (in various senses)
KJV usage: after (that, -ward), again, at, away from, back (from, -side), behind, beside, by, follow (after, -ing), forasmuch, from, hereafter, hinder end, + out (over) live, + persecute, posterity, pursuing, remnant, seeing, since, thence(-forth), when, with.
Pronounce: akh-ar'
Origin: from 309
vain
tohuw (Hebrew #8414)
a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain
KJV usage: confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness.
Pronounce: to'-hoo
Origin: from an unused root meaning to lie waste
things, whichc cannot profit
ya`al (Hebrew #3276)
properly, to ascend; figuratively, to be valuable (objectively: useful, subjectively: benefited)
KJV usage: X at all, set forward, can do good, (be, have) profit, (able).
Pronounce: yaw-al'
Origin: a primitive root
nor deliver
natsal (Hebrew #5337)
to snatch away, whether in a good or a bad sense
KJV usage: X at all, defend, deliver (self), escape, X without fail, part, pluck, preserve, recover, rescue, rid, save, spoil, strip, X surely, take (out).
Pronounce: naw-tsal'
Origin: a primitive root
; for they are vain
tohuw (Hebrew #8414)
a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain
KJV usage: confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness.
Pronounce: to'-hoo
Origin: from an unused root meaning to lie waste
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Cross References

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vain things.
Deut. 32:21• 21They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. (Deut. 32:21)
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Jer. 2:5,13• 5Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?
13For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
(Jer. 2:5,13)
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Jer. 10:8,15• 8But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.
15They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
(Jer. 10:8,15)
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Jer. 14:22• 22Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O Lord our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things. (Jer. 14:22)
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Jer. 16:19• 19O Lord, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. (Jer. 16:19)
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Jonah 2:8• 8They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. (Jonah 2:8)
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Hab. 2:18• 18What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? (Hab. 2:18)
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1 Cor. 8:4• 4As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. (1 Cor. 8:4)
cannot profit.
Psa. 115:4‑8• 4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
5They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
6They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
7They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
8They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
(Psa. 115:4‑8)
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Isa. 41:23‑24• 23Show the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.
24Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.
(Isa. 41:23‑24)
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Isa. 44:9‑10• 9They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.
10Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
(Isa. 44:9‑10)
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Isa. 45:20• 20Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. (Isa. 45:20)
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Isa. 46:7• 7They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble. (Isa. 46:7)
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Jer. 10:15• 15They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. (Jer. 10:15)

J. N. Darby Translation

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and turn ye not aside; for it would be after vain thingsc which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vainc.

JND Translation Notes

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Lit. "emptiness." see Isa. 40.17, etc.