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Jer. xiii, 10. This evil people which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.

Jer. xvi, 19-21. O 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. Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD.

Ezek. xiv, 4-6. Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them,Thus saith the Lord GOD, Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet, I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God, Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

Ezek. xx, 7. Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Ezek. xxiii, 30, 49. I will do these things unto thee, because thou last gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols. And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

Hosea xiii, 1. When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Bual, he died.

NATIONAL DISASTER. Deut. iv 23 25 26. Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the

sight of the LORD thy God, to pro-
voke him to anger; I call heaven
and earth to witness against you
this day, that ye shall soon utterly
perish from off the land where-
unto ye go over Jordan to possess
it; ye shall not prolong your days
upon it, but shall utterly bo de-
stroyed.

Deut. vi, 14, 15. Ye shall not go
after other gods, of the gods of
the people which are round about
you; (For the LORD thy God is a
jealous God among you;) lest the
anger of the LORD thy God be
kindled against thee, and destroy
thee from off the face of the
earth.

Deut. vill, 19, 20. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day, that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the LORD destroyed before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the Voice of the LORD your God.

Deut. xxix, 24-28. Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger? Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt: For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book. And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.

Josh, xxiii, 16. When ye have
transgressed the covenant of the
LORD your God, which he com-
manded you, and have gone and
served other gods, and bowed
yourselves to them; then shall the
anger of the LORD be kindled
against you, and ye shall perish
quickly from off the good land
which he hath given unto you.

Judges ii, 13-15, 21, 22. And
forsook
they
the LORD, and
served Baal and Ashtaroth. And
the anger of the LORD was
hot against Israel, and he de-
livered them into the hands of
spoilers that spoiled them, and he
sold them into the hands of their
enemies round about, so that they
could not any longer stand before
their enemies. Whithersoever
they went out, the hand of the
LORD was against them for evil,

as the Lord had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed. I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died; That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD, to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.

Judges iil, 7, 8. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves: Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim eight years.

1 Kings xi, 9-11. And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, And had commanded him concerning

this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my Covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.

1 Kings xviii, 17, 18. And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.

1 Chron. v, 25, 26. And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them. And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, (even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh,) and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.

2 Chron. xxxiv, 22-25. And Hilkish, and they that the king had appointed, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of Hasrah. And they spake to her to that effect. And she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye the man that sent you to me, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will

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bing evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah: Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out upon this place, and shall not be quenched.

Jer. v, 19. And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Where. fore doeth the LORD our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours.

Jer. ix, 12-14. Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth and is burnt up like a passeth wilderness, that none through? And the LORD saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein; But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them.

Jer. xvi, 10, 11. And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt show this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the LORD pronounced all this great evil against u? or what is our iniquity? or What is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God? Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law.

Jer. xviii, 16. To make the land desolate, and a perpetual hissing: every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his

head.

Jer. xix, 3. 4. Behold, I will
bring evil upon this place, the

which whosoever heareth his ears
shall tingle. Because they have
forsaken me, and have estranged
this place, and have burnt incense
in it unto other gods, whom neither
they nor their fathers have known
nor the kings of Judah, and have
filled this place with the blood of

innocents.

Jer. xxii, 8, 9.

And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the LOLD done thus unto this great city. Then they shall answer, Be

IDOLATRY.-DOLS.

wors ipped
cause they
other gods, and served them.
Jer. xxxii, 29. And the Chal-
deans, that fight against this city,
shall come and set fire on this
city, and burn it with the houses
Baal, and
upon whose roofs they have of
fered incense unto
poured out drink-offerings unto
other gods, to provoke me to

anger.

unto Jacob all the strange gods
which were in their hand, and all
ears; and Jacob hid them under
their ear-rings which were in their
the oak which was by Shechem.

Judges vi, 25-32. And it came
LORD said unto him, Take thy
years
to pass the same night, that the
old, and throw down the altar
father's young bullock, even the
second bullock of seven
of Baal that thy father hath, and
cut down the grove that is by it:
And build an altar unto the LORD
thy God upon the top of this rock,
sacrifice with the wood of the
in the ordered place, and take the
second bullock, and offer a burnt-

grove which thou shalt cut down.

Jer. xliv, 2, 3, 6-8. 20-23. Thus
saith the LORD of hosts, the God of
Israel, Ye have seen all the evil
that I have brought upon Jeru-
salem, and upon all the cities of
are a desolation, and no man
Then Gideon took ten men of his
Judah; and, behold, this day they
dwelleth therein; Because of their
mitted, to provoke me to anger, servants, and did as the LORD had
wickedness which they have com-
in that they went to burn incense, said unto him; and so it was, be-
and to serve other gods, whom cause he feared his father's house-
they knew not, neither they, ye, hold, and the men of the city, that
nor your fathers. Wherefore my he could not do it by day, that he
fury and mine anger was poured did it by night. And when the
forth, and was kindled in the cities men of the city arose early in the
of Judah, and in the streets of morning, behold, the altar of Baal
Jerusalem; and they are wasted was cast down, and the grove was
And
the second bullock was offered upon
and desolate, as at this day. cut down that was by it, and the
Therefore now thus saith
LORD, the God of hosts, the God the altar that was built.
against your hath done this thing? And when
of Israel, Wherefore commit ye they said one to another, Who
this great evil
souls, to cut off from you man and they enquired and asked, they
the city said unto Joash, Bring
woman, child and suckling, out of said, Gideon the son of Joash hash
Judah, to leave you none to re- done this thing. Then the men of
main;
of Baal, and because he hath cut
out thy son, that he may die; be-
cause he hath cast down the altar
down the grove that was by it.
stood against him, Will ye plead
And Joash said unto all that
for Baal? will ye save him? he that
will plead for him, let him be put
to death whilst it is yet morning:
if he be a god, let him plead for
himself, because one hath cast
down his altar. Therefore on that
day he called him Jerubbaal, say-
because he hath thrown down his
ing, Let Baal plead against him,
altar.

In that ye provoke me
unto wrath with the works of your
hands, burning incense unto other
gods in the land of Egypt, whither
ye be gone to dwell, that ye
that ye might be a curse and
might cut yourselves off, and
a reproach among all the nations
Then Jeremiah
of the earth?
said unto all the people, to the
men, and to the women, and to
all the people which had given
him that answer, saying, The in-
cense that ye burnt in the cities of
salem, ye, and your fathers, your
Judah, and in the streets of Jeru-
kings, and your princes, and the
people of the land, did not the
LORD remember them, and came
it not into his mind? So that the
cause of the evil of your doings,
LORD could no longer bear, be-
and because of the abominations
fore is your land a desolation, and
which ye have committed: there-
an astonishment, and a curse, with-
Because ye have burnt incense,
sinned
out an inhabitant, as at this day.
and because ye have
against the LORD, and have not
obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor
tutes, nor in his testimonies; there-
walked in his law, nor in his sta-
fore this evil is happened unto
you, as at this day.

IDOLATRY PUNISHED AND
EXTIRPATED BY MAN.
Gen. xxxv, 4. And they gave
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1 Sam. vii, 4. Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and only. Ashtaroth, and served the LORD

2 Sam. v, 21. And there they his men burned them. left their images, and David and

2 Kings x, 26-28. And they brought forth the images out of

the house of Baal, and bribed them. And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel. draught-house unto this day. Thus

1 Chron. xiv, 12. And when they had left their gods there, David were burnt with fire. gave a commandment, and they

2 Chron. XV, 8. And when Asa

heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim,

2 Chron. xv, 16. And also concerning Maachah, the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.

2 Chron. xxxi, 1. Now, when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images down the in pieces, and cut groves, and threw down the high places and the altars ont of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all.

2 Chron. XXXI, 15. And he took

away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the

LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.

And

2 Chron. xxxiv, 3. 4. 6, 7, 33. For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images. they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images that were on high above cut down; and the them be groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them. And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks, round about. And when he had broken down the

altars and the groves, and had
beaten the graven images into
powder, and cut down all the
idols throughout all the land of
Israel he returned to Jerusalem.
And Josiah took away all the
abominations out of all the coun-
tries that pertained to the children
of Israel, and made all that were
present in Israel to serve, even to
serve the LORD their God. And

all his days they departed not
from following the LORD, the God
of their fathers.

Isa. xxxvii, 18, 19. Of a truth,
LORD, the kings of Assyria have
laid waste all the nations, and
And have cast
their countries.
their gods into the fire; for they
were no gods. but the work of
men's hands, wood and stone:

of Egypt; and the houses of the
therefore they have destroyed Beth-shemesh, that is in the land
them,
burn with fire.
gods of the Egyptians shall he

Jer. vill, 1, 2. At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the the bones of his princes, and the bones of the kings of Judah, and bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves: And they shall spread them before the sun, and

the moon, and all the host of

heaven, whom they have loved,
and whom they have served, and
after whom they have walked,
and whom they have sought, and
whom they have worshipped: they
shall not be gathered, nor be
buried; they shall be for dung
upon the face of the earth.

DIVINE WARNINGS AGAINST
FALSE GODS.

Exod. xii, 12. For I will pass

Jer. xlvi. 25. The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith, Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him.

Jer. xlviii, 13. And Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Beth-el their confidence.

Jer. 1, 2. Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces. Jer. 1, 44, 47, 52. And I will

Therefore, behold, the days come, through the land of Egypt this is Bel in Babylon.. night, and will smite all the fir-t-that I will do judgment upon the born in the land of Egypt, both her whole land shall be confoundman and beast; and against all the graven images of Babylon; and gods of Egypt I will execute judged, and all her slain shall fall in

ment: I am the LORD.

Exod. xxiii, 13. And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gols, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

Wherefore, the midst of her. behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will do judgment upon her graven images; and shall groan. through all her land the wounded

Ezek. vi, 4-6. And your altars Num. xxxiii, 4. (For the Egyptians buried all their first-born, shall be desolate, and your images which the LORD had smitten shall be broken; and I will cast among them: upon their gods down your slain men before your also the LORD executed judg-idols. And I will lay the dead ments.)

Isa. ii, 18. And the idols he shall utterly abolish. .. . .

Isa. xix, 1. The burden of Egypt.
Behold, the LORD rideth upon a
swift cloud, and shall come into
Egypt: and the idols of Egypt
shall be moved at his presence,
and the heart of Egypt shall melt
in the midst of it.

Isa. xxvi, 14. They are dead,
not rise:
they shall not live; they are
deceased, they shall
therefore hast thou visited and
destroyed them, and made all
their memory to perish.

Isa. xxxi, 7. For in that day
every man shall cast away his
idols of silver, and his idols of
gold, which your own hands have
made unto you for a sin.

Jer. x. 11. Thus shall ye say
unto them, The gods that have

not made the heavens and the
earth, even they shall perish from
the earth, and from under these
heavens.

Jer. xliii, 12, 13. And I will kindle
a fire in the houses of the gods of
Egypt; and he shall burn them,
and carry them away captives...
He shall break also the images of
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carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars. In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be laid waste and made desolate, be desolate; that your altars may and your idols may be broken and cut down, and your works may be cease, and your images may be abolished.

Ezek. xxx, 13. Thus saith the Lord Go; I will also destroy the to cease out of Noph. idols, and I will cause their images

Hosea ii, 17. For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.

Hosea x, 2. Their heart is divided; now shall they be found shall break down faulty: he their altars, he shall spoil their

images.

Micah i, 7. And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burnt with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay dehire of an harlot, and they shall solate: for she gathered it of the return to the hire of an harlot.

- Micah v, 13. Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.

Nah. i, 14. And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be Bown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image, and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

Zeph. ii, 11. The LORD... will famish all the gods of the earth.

Zech. xiii, 2. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the

LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered; and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirits to pass out of the land.

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Exod. xxxil, 20. And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.

Deut, ix, 20, 21. And the LORD was very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him: and I prayed for Aaron also the same time. And I took your sin, the calf which ye had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, and ground it very small, even until if was as small as dust; and I cast the dust thereof into the brook that descended out of the mount. Deut. xxxil, 37, 38. And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted; Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink-offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.

Judges x, 14. Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.

Judges xviii, 17. And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither. and took the graven image, and

the ephod, and the teraphim, and
the molten image: and the priest
stood in the entering of the gate
with the six hundred men that
were appointed with weapens of

war.

1 Kings xviii, 21, 29. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then tollow him. And the people answered him not a word. And it came to pass, when mid-day was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

2 Kings xviii, 33-35. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand? Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?

2 Kings xix, 12, 13, 17, 18. Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed; as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Thelasar? Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Ilena, and Ivah? Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands; And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone; therefore they have destroyed them.

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.

They that make them are like unto them; 80 is every one that trusteth in them.

Ps. CXXXV, 15-18. The idols of the heathen 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; neither is there any breath in their mouths; They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

Isa. x, 10, 11. As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria; Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols. |

Isa. xxxvi, 19. Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?

Isa. xli, 23, 24, 29. Shew 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. Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you. Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.

god, or molten a graven image,
bold, all
that is profitable for nothing? Be-
his fellows shall be

Isa. xliv, 9-11, 15-20. They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses: they seo not, nor know; that they may be 2 Chron. XXV, 14, 15. Now it ashamed. Who hath formed a came to pass, after that Amaziah the Edomites, that he brought the was come from the slaughter of gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and and burned incense unto them. bowed down himself before them, Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziali, and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?

2 Chron. xxxii, 13. Know ye not what I and my fathers have done unto all the people of other lands? were the gods of the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands out of mine hand.

Ps. CXV, 4-8. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but

ashamed; and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be up; yet they shall fear, and they gathered together, let them stand shall be ashamed together. Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it: he mak eth it a graven image, and falleth thereof in the fire; with part down thereto. He burneth part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, ho warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: And the residue thereof he mak eth a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art

my god. They have not known! nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burnt part of it in the fire, yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down

to the stock of a tree? He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand.

Isa. xlv, 16. They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of

idols.

Isa. xlvi, 1, 2, 7, 8. Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth; their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast.

They stoop; they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity. They 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. Remember this, and shew yourselves men; bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.

Jer. x, 14. Every man is brutish in his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is false, and there is no breath in them.

Jer. xi,12. Then shall the cities of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem, go and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble.

Jer. li, 17, 18. Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is They are no breath in them. vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.

Daniel xi, 8. And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the

north.

Hosea viii, 6. For from Israel was it also: the workman made it;

therefore it is not God; but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.

Hab. ii, 18. 19. What profiteth | fathers dwelt on the other side of the graven image that the maker the flood in old time, eren Terah, thereof hath graven it; the molten the father of Abraham, and the image, and a teacher of lies, that father of Nahor: and they served the maker of his work trusteth other gods. therein, to make dumb idols? Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone. Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.

Zech. x, 2. For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain.

2 Cor. vi, 15. 16. And what conCord hath Christ with Bellal? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

2.-EARLY PREVALENCE AND GENERAL SPREAD OF

IDOLATRY.

Deut. iv, 27, 28. And the LORD
among the
shall scatter you
nations, and ye shall be left few
in number among the heathen,
whither the LORD shall lead you.
And there ye shall serve gods,
the work of men's hands, wood
and stone, which neither see, nor
hear, nor eat, nor smell.

Deut. xxviii, 36, 64. The LORD
shall bring thee, and thy king
which thou shalt set over thee,
unto a nation which neither thou
nor thy fathers have known; and
there shalt thou serve other gods,
wood and stone. And the LORD
shall scatter thee among all peo-
ple, from the one end of the earth
even unto the other; and there
serve other gods,
thou shalt
wood and
which neither thou nor thy fathers
have known, even

stone.

Deut. xxxi. 16, 20. And the LORD
said unto Moses, Behold, thou
shalt sleep with thy fathers; and
this people will rise up, and go a
whoring after the gods of the
strangers of the land whither they
go to be among them, and will
forsake me, and break my cove-
nant which I have made with i
For when I shall have
them.
brought them into the land which
I sware unto their fathers, that
floweth with milk and honey;
and they shall have eaten and
filled themselves, and waxen fat;
then will they turn unto other
gods, and serve them, and provoke
me, and break my covenant.

Josh. xxiv, 2. And Joshua said
unto all the people. Thus saith
the LORD God of Israel, Your!

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Judges xl, 24. Wilt not thou possess that which Chemosh thy god giveth thee to possess? So whomsoever the LORD our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess.

Judges xviii, 30, 31. And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to And the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land. they set them up Mical's graven image, which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.

Jer. xvi, 13. Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night, where I will not shew you favour.

Ezek. xx. 32. 39. And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of stone. As for you, O house of the countries, to serve wood and Israel, thus saith the Lord God, Go ye, serve ye every one his will not hearken unto me; but idols, and hereafter also, if ye pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your

idols.

Hosea iv, 17. Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

Acts xvii, 16-18. Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his saw the city wholly given to idolaspirit was stirred in him, when he try. Therefore disputed he in the

with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that Then certain Synagogue with the Jews, and met with him. philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.

fell down from

Acts xix, 35, 36 And when the town-clerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which things cannot be spoken against, Jupiter? Seeing then that these ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.

1 Cor. xii, 2. Ye know that ye

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