you shall not make idols meaning
Idol, in The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, 1996, Achtemeier Paul J., ed., New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc. Acts 15:29, Acts 21:25; Tomson, Peter J., Paul and the Jewish Law: halakha in the Letters of the Apostle to the Gentiles, 1990, Netherlands: Van Gorcum & Comp., pp. Some scholars have proposed that the golden calf made by Aaron (while Moses was on the mountain receiving the Ten Commandments) was supposed to represent Yahweh, or perhaps a throne or steed on which the people were to envision Yahweh. and Campbell S, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Bible, 2003, Indianapolis: Alpha Books, p. 103. Idol: Images in the ANE, The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Freedman, David N, editor-in-chief, 1992, New York: Doubleday. Colossians 3:5; Commentary on Colossians 3:5, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, Vol. 147-148.
22:19; emphasis added).  Other terms are deliberately contemptuous, such as elilim, "powerless ones", and gillulim, "pellets of dung".  However, when their God revealed himself to Abraham and called him to leave his native land for Canaan, he did so. When we stop holding ourselves accountable to the standards we set for others, cease listening to others’ ideas, or seek to crush those who disagree with us, are we not beginning to make idols of ourselves?
Acts 17:16; Walvoord and Zuck, The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament, 1983, Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, p. 402.
B. Eardmans Publishing Co.. idol, in The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, 1996. Idol: Images in Israel, The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Freedman, David N, editor-in-chief, 1992, New York: Doubleday, Dozeman, Thomas B., Eardman’s Critical Commentary: Exodus, 2009, Wm.
In the commandment "You shall not make for yourselves an idol", the word is pesel, indicating something carved or hewn. They are not idolatrous, per se, and in fact may be necessary for us to accomplish our roles in God’s creative and redemptive work in the world.  The Babylonian exile seems to have been a turning point after which the Jewish people as a whole were strongly monotheistic and willing to fight battles (such as the Maccabean Revolt) and face martyrdom before paying homage to any other god. 1 Samuel 4:1-11, 5:1-5; Bell J.S. The same may occur with virtually every other element of success, including preparation, hard work, creativity, risk, wealth and other resources, and favorable circumstances. , Paul commended the church in Thessalonica saying, "Your faith in God has become known everywhere … They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
 This led to a broken covenant between Yahweh and Israel and "divorce", manifested as defeat by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon followed by exile, from which the northern kingdom never recovered.
Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, OT Law: Leviticus 26:1 You shall make for yourselves no idols (Le Lv Lev.) Sicker, Martin, Between Man and God: Issues in Judaic thought, 2001, Praeger.
Are we stronger than he? Idol: In the Exile and After, in HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, 1996, Achtemeier Paul J., ed., New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
135:15-18; St. Augustine (Bishop of Hippo), Expositions on the Psalms: Psalms 126-150, Parker, J.H., London: F. and J. Rivington, 1857, pp.  "Whosoever recognizes idols has denied the entire Torah; and whosoever denies idols has recognized the entire Torah.