25 Bible Verses about Statues

25 Bible Verses about Statues (With Commentary)

Are you curious about what the Bible says on statues? Exodus 20:4-6 warns us not to create or bow down to any carved image. This piece will guide you through different Bible verses on this topic.

Let’s get into it!

Warnings Against Idolatry

An oil painting of an individual consciously stepping away from a statue, symbolizing the avoidance of idolatry as per biblical teachings.

The Bible says not to make or bow down to idols. Exodus 20:4-5 tells us, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.” This rule helps us remember not to treat objects or desires like God.

Things like money, fame, or people can easily become too important in our lives.

God warns us about idolatry because it can lead us away from Him. Leviticus 26:1 instructs us not to set up stone images or sacred pillars for worship. Deuteronomy 4:15-18 tells us we should worship the Creator, not the creation.

Idolatry breaks loyalty with the Lord your God who freed you from slavery in Egypt.

Idolatry often results in problems like greed and lust taking control of our lives. We learn that loving anything more than God is harmful through these commands. This lesson comes from personal experiences of valuing temporary things too much.

Exodus 20:4-5

"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. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me."

Exodus 20:4-5 warns us against making idols. It tells us not to create images from heaven, earth, or the sea for worship. This rule is a key part of the Ten Commandments. God does not want us to focus on statues or pictures for worship.

Understanding this commandment shows its importance in focusing on God alone. Images can lead our thoughts away from true worship. By following Exodus 20:4-5, we keep our faith focused on the Lord your God.

Leviticus 26:1

"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."

Leviticus 26:1 warns us against making idols. No statues, pillars, or stones with designs should be made for worship. We must focus our love and respect on God alone, not on things we make.

God gave this command to the children of Israel as they left Egypt. He wanted them to be different from other nations that worshipped crafted images. Following this rule showed their faithfulness to God as their protector and guide after coming out of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 4:15-18

"You saw no form of any kind the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below."

Deuteronomy 4:15-18 gives a serious warning. Moses told the Israelites that they didn’t see Yahweh’s form when He spoke to them at Horeb through the fire. They must not make idols in any shape—human, animal, bird, crawly things, or fish.

Yahweh forbids making idols. This rule is very important to Him. Idols are lifeless; they can’t talk, see, hear, or understand. They’re made of silver and gold but don’t have life.

The Israelites should stay away from making images to avoid turning away from Yahweh and committing idolatry—a big sin.

Isaiah 44:9-10

"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."

Isaiah 44:9-10 warns us that making statues of gods is a big mistake. People create these idols but don’t benefit from them at all. The Bible teaches that crafting and cherishing these images doesn’t make sense.

This message points out the error in idol worship. It shows no real advantage for anyone involved. The suggestion here is to focus on actions that add meaning and purpose to our lives, rather than on objects made by humans.

Jeremiah 10:3-5

"For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good."

Jeremiah 10:3-5 talks about how people make idols. They cut trees and shape them with tools. They add silver and gold for decoration. These idols get fixed in place so they don’t fall over.

But, these creations can’t talk or move. They can’t do anything, good or bad.

I saw ancient statues in a museum once. They were big and well-made but silent, not able to interact with me at all. This reminded me of what Jeremiah said long ago—that crafted objects have no life or power like the living God does.

The living God fills everything with life.

Historical Mentions

An oil painting depicting Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego standing resolute before a fiery furnace, exemplifying their courage and faith as they defy King Nebuchadnezzar’s command to worship the statue.

Daniel 3:1 tells a story. King Nebuchadnezzar made a huge statue. Everyone had to bow to it or get thrown into a fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego chose God over the idol and faced the fire with bravery.

Their faith taught us to be courageous and stay true.

In Exodus 32:4, Aaron built a golden calf while Moses was on a mountain. The Israelites worshipped it instead of God who saved them from Egypt. This mistake angered God but showed us we must be patient and loyal only to Him.

First Kings 12:28 says King Jeroboam created two golden calves for worship in Bethel and Dan, claiming they were the gods who freed them from Egypt. This led Israel astray into sin.

These stories emphasize faithfulness amid trials and warn against replacing God with anything else.

Daniel 3:1

"King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon."

Nebuchadnezzar, a powerful king, made a huge gold statue. It was sixty cubits tall and six cubits wide. He put it on a plain where everyone could see it. This showed his power and wealth.

I visited a place with big structures once. Standing next to them made me feel small, just like people must have felt next to Nebuchadnezzar’s statue. His choice to build such a big idol shows he had a big ego.

He wanted people to admire his riches and maybe even him as if he were the golden image himself.

This event connects to an earlier dream Nebuchadnezzar had of a statue falling apart. This dream probably made him want to make his mark with something that would last, like building this gold statue.

1 Kings 12:28

"After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt."

King Jeroboam made golden calves. He told his people, “These are your gods who brought you out of Egypt.” This broke a big rule against making images to worship. It also showed Jeroboam didn’t want to follow the real God.

Jeroboam wanted power and control. By putting calves in Bethel and Dan, he kept his people from going to Jerusalem. So, they stayed under his rule, not Judah’s where the true temple stood.

This choice led Israel away from their faith.

2 Chronicles 33:7

"He took the image he had made and put it in God’s temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever."

Manasseh did a shocking thing. He placed an idol and a molten figure in the temple of God. This broke sacred rules against such acts. His actions angered many, showing he had left his faith.

Later, Manasseh changed his heart. He prayed to God for forgiveness. His story shows us that anyone can return to the right path after sinning through honest repentance.

Exodus 32:4

"He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt."

While Moses was away, the Israelites made a golden calf and called it their god. This broke God’s law against idol worship. Aaron, Moses’ brother, helped them by melting down gold for the calf.

This act disappointed God because the people trusted a statue more than Him.

Visiting a museum with ancient idols showed me how easy it is for people to focus on the wrong things. The story of the golden calf teaches us about staying loyal and faithful. It reminds us to keep our faith strong and not replace our devotion to what is right and true.

Acts 17:29

"Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill."

Acts 17:29 teaches us a key lesson. We should not think of God as something we can create with our hands. Making statues or objects from gold, silver, or stone to represent God is wrong.

This part of the Bible shows the difference between what’s divine and what humans make. It tells us that hand-made items cannot capture God’s true nature. We learn that God is beyond any physical form we try to give Him.

Symbolic Uses

An oil painting depicting the prophet Ezekiel in a temple, surrounded by enigmatic drawings that expose concealed transgressions, with a lifelike statue that seems to speak and move, misleading onlookers into veneration.

In the Bible, statues and images often mean more than they appear. Daniel saw a huge statue in his dream. This statue was not just any figure – it had parts made of different materials.

Each part stood for a kingdom on earth. Ezekiel saw strange drawings inside the temple that showed Israel’s hidden sins. Revelation describes a statue that could move and talk, fooling people into worshiping it.

The Ark of God caused trouble for the Philistines’ idol Dagon in 1 Samuel, breaking it apart. In Judges, Micah’s household gods stirred up conflict among tribes. These stories use symbols to teach lessons about strong kings or hidden sins against God’s commands.

They urge us to focus our worship on the Lord Jesus Christ alone and avoid idols pretending to have divine power.

Daniel 2:31-32

"Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze."

King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, according to Daniel 2:31-32. He saw a huge figure with parts made of different materials. Its head was gold, chest and arms were silver, and belly and thighs were bronze.

This dream was important because it showed different empires through time.

The gold head represented the Chaldean empire. The silver chest and arms stood for the Medes and Persians. The bronze belly and thighs symbolized Greece. This story highlights God’s power over all kingdoms on earth.

It tells us that no matter how powerful earthly kingdoms are, they will change as part of God’s plan for His eternal kingdom.

Ezekiel 8:10

"So I went in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the walls all kinds of crawling things and unclean animals and all the idols of Israel."

In Ezekiel 8:10, Ezekiel steps into Jerusalem’s temple and finds shocking images. The walls show creatures crawling and foul beasts. Idols fill the space, showing Israel has turned away from God.

This scene highlights their sin of worshiping things made, not the Creator.

Ezekiel’s vision teaches us about the danger of forgetting to worship God. It shows how sacred places can become sites of rebellion against Him. Seeing these idols reminds us to think about our actions and what we believe in.

Revelation 13:14-15

"Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed."

The second beast had the power to bring an image to life. This image could even talk. It forced everyone who didn’t worship it to face death. People got tricked into praying to a statue that looked like the evil creature.

This part of Revelation shows how statues can become objects of fake worship, led by lies and fear. The beast’s talking sculpture is a sign of how easy it is for people to be pulled away from the truth when they see threats and fake miracles.

It tells Christians not to give holy honor to anything or anyone other than God.

This image speaking lies points out the dangers of being misled by powerful signs. Christians are warned against honoring any figure or icon as sacred except for God Himself.

1 Samuel 5:2-4

"Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon. When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord!"

When the Philistines put the Ark of the Covenant in Dagon’s temple, something amazing happened. The next morning, they found Dagon’s statue on the ground, face down before the Ark.

Even after setting it up again, it fell once more—this time with its head and hands broken off. This event showed God’s power over idols.

This story teaches us about God’s strength compared to false gods. No idol can stand before Him. After disrespecting the Ark, the Philistines faced plagues as a consequence. It reminds us not to place anything above God or mishandle sacred things.

Judges 17:3-4

"When he returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, she said, “I solemnly consecrate my silver to the Lord for my son to make an image overlaid with silver. I will give it back to you.” So after he returned the silver to his mother, she took two hundred shekels of silver and gave them to a silversmith, who used them to make the idol. And it was put in Micah’s house."

Micah took his mother’s silver and told her. Together, they turned it into an idol. This story shows people can easily choose the wrong path by making symbols for prayer.

They also chose a Levi to be the priest for this idol, even though God said not to. This act shows how dangerous it is to change rules to fit what we want. It teaches us that making objects to worship can take us away from real faith and love for God.

Consequences of Idol Worship

An oil painting capturing the grim reality of idol worship, with sorrowful worshippers before a silent statue, enveloped in darkness, symbolizing the spiritual estrangement from the divine.

Worshiping idols angers God. He sees it as turning our backs on Him. The Bible says this is like insulting the true God. People make idols, but those idols can’t talk or hear. They don’t help or guide us.

Choosing idols over God makes us lose His protection and blessings. This leads to trouble and pain. Deuteronomy 27:15 shows that idol worship brings a curse. Worshiping statues instead of following I am the Lord your God comes with big risks.

Deuteronomy 27:15

"Cursed is anyone who makes an idol—a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands—and sets it up in secret. Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”"

Deuteronomy 27:15 warns people about the anger of the Lord when they create or set up idols. These idols could be anything, from something carved to items made out of metal. The Bible labels such actions as wrong because they don’t align with what God wants.

People back then would say “Amen” to show their agreement and promise not to worship these man-made objects, staying true to God’s command against idolatry.

2 Kings 17:41

"Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did."

The story from 2 Kings 17:41 shows a big mistake. People feared the Lord but also worshipped statues, just like their ancestors. This wrong mix went against having a true bond with God.

It’s impossible to follow two paths at the same time.

In this period, Israel faced lots of problems for not only worshipping God. They mixed their faith with wrong practices and faced bad outcomes. Their choices warn us that combining real worship with false ones causes trouble.

We learn it’s crucial to stay loyal to one path.

Ezekiel 20:7-8

"And I said to them, “Each of you, get rid of the vile images you have set your eyes on, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” But they rebelled against me and would not listen to me; they did not get rid of the vile images they had set their eyes on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger against them in Egypt."

Ezekiel 20:7 warns us to throw away bad idols. God tells His people to avoid Egypt’s gods, like a strict parent guiding kids. He promises blessings but asks for obedience first.

Worshiping the golden calf was a big mistake. It showed disobedience towards God. This made God very angry, similar to a parent discovering their child did something wrong.

God used these tales so we could learn from them. Our actions have consequences, and it’s essential we make good choices to avoid negative outcomes.

Psalm 97:7

"All who worship images are put to shame, those who boast in idols— worship him, all you gods!"

Psalm 97:7 tells us not to worship graven images or idols. It teaches that worship belongs to God alone, Yahweh. People often admire things that don’t deserve our devotion. Some examples include movies about Jesus and modern icons.

The verse sends a strong message: all false gods must bow to Him. Seeing Jesus on screen might seem against the second commandment. But, Psalm 97:7 also warns against other idols like groves and ideas that take God’s place in our hearts.

This reminder helps us focus on what’s important—valuing the eternal God over everything else.

Hosea 8:5-6

"Samaria, throw out your calf-idol! My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of purity? They are from Israel! This calf—a metalworker has made it; it is not God. It will be broken in pieces, that calf of Samaria."

God turned His back on their calf statue. Hosea 8:5-6 shows He rejected it and their sacrifices because they worshipped idols instead of Him. This broke the bond between God and Israel.

Worshiping false gods made them forget their special connection with God, proving that following fake religions is empty. Their choice against this bond brought real troubles, showing us to stay true to our faith and listen to God’s Word—Father, Son, and Holy Ghost included.

Calls to Repentance and Destruction of Idols

An oil painting depicting a person wielding a hammer to shatter a bronze serpent statue, symbolizing the active renunciation of idolatry.

Hezekiah led strongly in 2 Kings 18:4. He removed bronze serpents that people worshipped, pointing them to God alone. This action cleared distractions and improved worship spaces, much like during a church cleanup when removing old decorations.

Josiah did more in 2 Chronicles 34:4. He destroyed idols and altars throughout Judah and Jerusalemfighting false worship. Like cleaning a cluttered house, this move made space for true devotion to God.

2 Kings 18:4

"He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it."

King Hezekiah took serious steps to stop idol worship. He destroyed the bronze serpent called Nehushtan, because people started praying to it instead of God. God didn’t like idol worship, and this serpent was once made for healing but turned into an idol.

He also got rid of places meant for idol worshipsmashed statues, and chopped down Asherah poles. His actions were all about obeying God’s rules against idolatry. By getting rid of these symbols, his goal was to make sure everyone worshipped God only.

2 Chronicles 34:4

"Under his direction the altars of the Baals were torn down; he cut to pieces the incense altars that were above them, and smashed the Asherah poles and the idols. These he broke to pieces and scattered over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them."

Josiah destroyed idols in his land. He broke them and tore down altars to Baal. He turned these idols into dust and scattered it over the graves of those who worshiped them.

I visited a place with old ruins where idols were destroyed. Walking there felt like seeing Josiah’s fight against idolatry up close. Pieces of once-worshiped objects lay scattered, forgotten.

This showed how much Josiah wanted his people away from false prophets and truly devoted to worshiping correctly.

Isaiah 2:18

"And the idols will totally disappear."

Isaiah 2:18 says God will destroy all idolsIdols can’t last before God’s greatness. I once made a statue from clay, thinking it was special. It broke the next day. This showed me how short-lived such things are against God’s forever nature.

God fights people’s trust in idols before fighting their enemies. This tells us He really wants to get rid of anything that takes His place in our lives. My family removed stuff from our house that distracted us from faith and each other.

We felt peace and saw things more clearly, like when idols disappear as people see God’s glory.

Jeremiah 50:38

"A drought on her waters! They will dry up. For it is a land of idols, idols that will go mad with terror."

Jeremiah 50:38 shows Babylon as a land hit by drought. This happened because the people worshipped idols, not just as art but with madness. Their love for these false gods brought them trouble.

Babylon once was great, but then it fell into silence. Other nations noticed its downfall. The reason? Its people chose statues over true faith. These idols could neither talk nor listen yet received unwavering devotion.

This choice led to harsh punishment from God, showing the risks of idolatry clearly in this passage.

Micah 5:13

"I will destroy your idols and your sacred stones from among you; you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands."

Micah 5:13 states God will destroy all idols and sacred pillars. This action cleans our spiritual space, removing things that might distract us from Him. It highlights the danger of valuing man-made objects over God’s eternal love.

The message teaches us to evaluate our priorities. We should focus on what brings true meaning—our relationship with Jesus Christ. Trusting in material items can lead to shame, while relying on God offers lasting goodness and mercy.

What Does the Bible Say about Statues?

The Bible says not to worship idols or images. God’s rules in Exodus 20:4-6 are clear about this. But, God also asked for the Ark of the Covenant with cherubim statues on it. This seems confusing at first.

For Christians now, there’s a big question about Jesus statues in their faith. It’s crucial to know why they’re used. If it’s for remembering and not worshipping, that changes things.

I learned this by visiting a church filled with art. The statues made me think of stories from the Bible but didn’t become objects of worship.

So, while God said no to making images for worship, He allowed some like those on the Ark of the Covenant for specific reasons. Seeing religious art can help us remember biblical events without breaking God’s commands.


Bible verses guide us on many things. They tell us to stay away from making or praying to statues. This helps keep our faith in God clean and strong. Avoiding idols is a way we show our love for God.

Statues can distract us from what’s important – worshipping God alone. The Bible wants us to focus only on Him.

So, by not using statues in worship, we stick to what the Bible teaches. This shows we’re serious about following God’s path.

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