"They Have Ears, But They Hear Not"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 149

Context: The Gentiles, who worship idols, have chided the Israelites, asking them where is the God that they worship? The poet responds that the God of Israel is in the heavens, and that He is able to do whatever He wishes. The gods of the Gentiles, however, are idols fashioned by men, mere statues in the form of men, incapable of sensation or movement. Those who make idols or who place their faith in them are as dead as the pagan gods themselves. The poet vividly derides the heathen images:

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Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

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