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41 Bible Verses about Idolatry

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1 Thessalonians 1:9

For they themselves report about us what kind of reception we had from you: how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

Exodus 20:3-6

Do not have other gods besides Me. Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers' sin, to the third and fourth [generations] of those who hate Me,read more.
but showing faithful love to a thousand [generations] of those who love Me and keep My commands.

Jonah 2:8

Those who cling to worthless idols forsake faithful love,

Psalm 16:4

The sorrows of those who take another [god] for themselves multiply; I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, and I will not speak their names with my lips.

Leviticus 19:4

Do not turn to idols or make cast images of gods for yourselves; I am the Lord your God.

Galatians 5:19-21

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance-as I told you before-that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Jeremiah 11:12

Then the cities of Judah and the residents of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods they have been burning incense to, but they certainly will not save them in their time of disaster.

Psalm 135:15

The idols of the nations are of silver and gold, made by human hands.

Isaiah 45:20

"Come, gather together, and draw near, you fugitives of the nations. Those who carry their wooden idols, and pray to a god who cannot save, have no knowledge.

Revelation 9:20

The rest of the people, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands to stop worshiping demons and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which are not able to see, hear, or walk.

Exodus 23:13

"Pay strict attention to everything I have said to you. You must not invoke the names of other gods; they must not be heard on your lips.

Hosea 11:2

[The more] they called them, [the more] they departed from Me. They kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols.

Psalm 115:1-18

Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of Your faithful love, because of Your truth. Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" Our God is in heaven and does whatever He pleases.read more.
Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk. They cannot make a sound with their throats. Those who make them are just like them, as are all who trust in them. Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and shield. House of Aaron, trust in the Lord! He is their help and shield. You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and shield. The Lord remembers us and will bless [us]. He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron; He will bless those who fear the Lord- small and great alike. May the Lord add to [your numbers], both yours and your children's. May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. The heavens are the Lord's, but the earth He has given to the human race. It is not the dead who praise the Lord, nor any of those descending into the silence [of death]. But we will praise the Lord, both now and forever. Hallelujah!

Micah 5:13

I will remove your carved images and sacred pillars from you, so that you will not bow down again to the work of your hands.

Isaiah 46:7

They lift it to their shoulder and bear it along; they set it in its place, and there it stands; it does not budge from its place. They cry out to it but it doesn't answer; it saves no one from his trouble.

Deuteronomy 7:26

You must not bring any abhorrent thing into your house, or you will be set apart for destruction like it. You are to utterly detest and abhor it, because it is set apart for destruction.

Jeremiah 1:16

"I will pronounce My judgments against them for all the evil they did when they abandoned Me to burn incense to other gods and to worship the works of their own hands.

Habakkuk 2:18

What use is a carved idol after its craftsman carves it? It is [only] a cast image, a teacher of lies. For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it and makes idols that cannot speak.

Acts 17:29

Being God's offspring, then, we shouldn't think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination.

Isaiah 65:3

These people continually provoke Me to My face, sacrificing in gardens, burning incense on bricks,

1 Corinthians 10:20-22

No, but I do say that what they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons! You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot share in the Lord's table and the table of demons. Or are we provoking the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

1 Corinthians 10:19

What am I saying then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?

Acts 17:16

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was troubled within him when he saw that the city was full of idols.

Romans 1:24

Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves.

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Abomination » Things that are, to God » Idolatry

Deuteronomy 7:25

You must burn up the carved images of their gods. Don't covet the silver and gold on the images and take it for yourself, or else you will be ensnared by it, for it is abhorrent to the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 27:15

'Cursed is the person who makes a carved idol or cast image, which is detestable to the Lord, the work of a craftsman, and sets [it] up in secret.' And all the people will reply, 'Amen!'

Deuteronomy 32:16

They provoked His jealousy with foreign gods; they enraged Him with detestable practices.

Anger of God » Against » Idolatry

Deuteronomy 29:20

The Lord will not be willing to forgive him. Instead, His anger and jealousy will burn against that person, and every curse written in this scroll will descend on him. The Lord will blot out his name under heaven,

Deuteronomy 29:27

Therefore the Lord's anger burned against this land, and He brought every curse written in this book on it.

Deuteronomy 32:19-20

When the Lord saw [this], He despised [them], provoked [to anger] by His sons and daughters. He said: "I will hide My face from them; I will see what will become of them, for they are a perverse generation- unfaithful children.

Deuteronomy 32:22

For fire has been kindled because of My anger and burns to the depths of Sheol; it devours the land and its produce, and scorches the foundations of the mountains.

Ear-ring » Worn » Purpose » Idolatry

Genesis 35:4

Then they gave Jacob all their foreign gods and their earrings, and Jacob hid them under the oak near Shechem.

Isaiah 3:20

headdresses, ankle jewelry, sashes, perfume bottles, amulets,

Idolatry » Prophecies relating to

Isaiah 27:9

Therefore Jacob's iniquity will be purged in this way, and the result of the removal of his sin will be this: when he makes all the altar stones like crushed bits of chalk, no Asherah poles or incense altars will remain standing.

Isaiah 21:9

Look, riders come- horsemen in pairs." And he answered, saying, "Babylon has fallen, has fallen. All the idols of her gods have been shattered on the ground."

Jeremiah 51:44

I will punish Bel in Babylon. I will make him vomit what he swallowed. The nations will no longer stream to him; even Babylon's wall will fall.

Isaiah 2:20

On that day people will throw their silver and gold idols, which they made to worship, to the moles and the bats.

Isaiah 19:1

An oracle against Egypt: Look, the Lord rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt. Egypt's idols will tremble before Him, and Egypt's heart will melt within it.

Idolatry » Objects of » Sun, moon, and stars

2 Kings 21:3

He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed and reestablished the altars for Baal. He made an Asherah, as King Ahab of Israel had done; he also worshiped the whole heavenly host and served them.

2 Chronicles 33:3

He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had torn down and reestablished the altars for the Baals. He made Asherah poles, and he worshiped the whole heavenly host and served them.

2 Kings 17:16

They abandoned all the commandments of the Lord their God. They made for themselves molded images-even two calves-and an Asherah pole. They worshiped the whole heavenly host and served Baal.

Jeremiah 8:2

They will be exposed to the sun, the moon, and the whole heavenly host, which they have loved, served, followed, pursued, and worshiped. [Their bones] will not be collected and buried but will become like manure on the surface of the soil.

Acts 7:42

Then God turned away and gave them up to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: Did you bring Me offerings and sacrifices for 40 years in the desert, O house of Israel?

Idolatry » Other customs of » Incense burned on altars

Isaiah 65:3

These people continually provoke Me to My face, sacrificing in gardens, burning incense on bricks,

1 Kings 12:33

He offered sacrifices on the altar he had set up in Bethel on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, the month he had decided on his own. He made a festival for the Israelites, offered sacrifices on the altar, and burned incense.

Ezekiel 23:41

You sat on a luxurious couch with a table spread before it, on which you had set My incense and oil.

Hosea 11:2

[The more] they called them, [the more] they departed from Me. They kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols.

Ezekiel 16:18

Then you took your embroidered garments to cover them, and set My oil and incense before them.

Idolatry » What should be done to idols

Deuteronomy 7:5

Instead, this is what you are to do to them: tear down their altars, smash their standing pillars, cut down their Asherah poles, and burn up their carved images.

Exodus 23:24

You must not bow down to their gods or worship them. Do not imitate their practices. Instead, demolish them and smash their sacred pillars to pieces.

Joshua 24:23

"Then get rid of the foreign gods that are among you and offer your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel."

Exodus 34:11-13

Observe what I command you today. I am going to drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. Be careful not to make a treaty with the inhabitants of the land that you are going to enter; otherwise, they will become a snare among you. Instead, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, and chop down their Asherah poles.

Numbers 33:50-52

The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan [across from] Jericho, "Tell the Israelites: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, destroy all their stone images and cast images, and demolish all their high places.

Idolatry » Adopted by the wicked kings

1 Kings 21:26

He committed the most detestable acts by going after idols as the Amorites had, whom the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites.

2 Chronicles 28:2-4

for he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and made cast images of the Baals. He burned incense in the Valley of Hinnom and burned his children in the fire, imitating the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites. He sacrificed and burned incense on the high places, on the hills, and under every green tree.

2 Chronicles 33:3

He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had torn down and reestablished the altars for the Baals. He made Asherah poles, and he worshiped the whole heavenly host and served them.

2 Kings 21:21

He walked in all the ways his father had walked; he served the idols his father had served, and he worshiped them.

2 Chronicles 33:7

Manasseh set up a carved image of the idol he had made, in God's temple, about which God had said to David and his son Solomon: "I will establish My name forever in this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel.

Idolatry » Rites of, obscene and impure

Exodus 32:25

Moses saw that the people were out of control, for Aaron had let them get out of control, so that they would be vulnerable to their enemies.

2 Kings 17:9

The Israelites secretly did what was not right against the Lord their God. They built high places in all their towns from watchtower to fortified city.

Numbers 25:1-3

While Israel was staying in Acacia Grove, the people began to have sexual relations with the women of Moab. The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods. So Israel aligned itself with Baal of Peor, and the Lord's anger burned against Israel.

Isaiah 57:6

Your portion is among the smooth [stones] of the wadi; indeed, they are your lot. You have even poured out a drink offering to them; you have offered a grain offering; should I be satisfied with these?

More verses: Isaiah 57:8-9

Idolatry » Other customs of » Libations

Jeremiah 19:13

The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will become impure like that place Topheth-all the houses on whose rooftops they have burned incense to the whole heavenly host and poured out drink offerings to other gods."

Jeremiah 32:29

The Chaldeans who are going to fight against this city will come, set this city on fire, and burn it along with the houses where incense has been burned to Baal on their rooftops and where drink offerings have been poured out to other gods to provoke Me to anger.

Jeremiah 7:18

The sons gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven,and they pour out drink offerings to other gods so that they provoke Me to anger.

Jeremiah 44:19

And the women said, "When we burned incense to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, was it apart from our husbands' knowledge that we made sacrificial cakes in her image and poured out drink offerings to her?"

Isaiah 65:11

But you who abandon the Lord, who forget My holy mountain, who prepare a table for Fortune and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,

Idolatry » What is idolatry

1 Chronicles 16:26

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

Psalm 96:5

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

Idolatry » Everything connected with, should be destroyed

Exodus 34:13

Instead, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, and chop down their Asherah poles.

Deuteronomy 7:5

Instead, this is what you are to do to them: tear down their altars, smash their standing pillars, cut down their Asherah poles, and burn up their carved images.

2 Kings 23:14

He broke the sacred pillars into pieces, cut down the Asherah poles, then filled their places with human bones.

2 Samuel 5:21

The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off.

Idolatry » All heathen nations given up to

1 Corinthians 12:2

You know how, when you were pagans, you were led to dumb idols-being led astray.

Psalm 96:5

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » By burning children

Deuteronomy 12:31

You must not do the same to the Lord your God, because they practice for their gods every detestable thing the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.

2 Chronicles 33:6

He passed his sons through the fire in the Valley of Hinnom. He practiced witchcraft, divination, and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did a great deal of evil in the Lord's sight, provoking Him.

Jeremiah 19:4-5

because they have abandoned Me and made this a foreign place. They have burned incense in it to other gods that they, their fathers, and the kings of Judah have never known. They have filled this place with the blood of the innocent. They have built high places to Baal on which to burn their children in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, something I have never commanded or mentioned; I never entertained the thought.

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » With singing and dancing

1 Kings 18:26

So they took the bull that he gave them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, "Baal, answer us!" But there was no sound; no one answered. Then they did their lame dance around the altar they had made.

Exodus 32:18-19

But Moses replied: It's not the sound of a victory cry and not the sound of a cry of defeat; I hear the sound of singing! As he approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses became enraged and threw the tablets out of his hands, smashing them at the base of the mountain.

Idolatry » Consists in » Worshipping images

Daniel 3:5

When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.

Daniel 3:10

You as king have issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music must fall down and worship the gold statue.

Daniel 3:15

Now if you're ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, fall down and worship the statue I made. But if you don't worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire-and who is the god who can rescue you from my power?"

Isaiah 44:17

He makes a god or his idol with the rest of it. He bows down to it and worships; He prays to it, "Save me, for you are my god."

Idolatry » Example of the kings encouraged israel in

2 Kings 21:11

"Since Manasseh king of Judah has committed all these abominations-greater evil than the Amorites who preceded him had done-and by means of his idols has also caused Judah to sin,

1 Kings 12:30

This led to sin; the people walked [in procession] before one of the calves all the way to Dan.

2 Chronicles 33:9

So Manasseh caused Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to stray so that they did worse evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.

Idolatry » Obstinate sinners judicially given up to

Deuteronomy 28:64

Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples from one end of the earth to the other, and there you will worship other gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.

Idolatry » They who practice » Provoke God

Isaiah 65:3

These people continually provoke Me to My face, sacrificing in gardens, burning incense on bricks,

Deuteronomy 31:20

When I bring them into the land I swore to [give] their fathers, [a land] flowing with milk and honey, they will eat their fill and prosper. They will turn to other gods and worship them, despising Me and breaking My covenant.

Jeremiah 25:6

Do not follow other gods to serve them and to worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger by the work of your hands. Then I will do you no harm.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Molech or milcom

1 Kings 11:33

For they have abandoned Me; they have bowed the knee to Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, to Chemosh, the god of Moab, and to Milcom, the god of the Ammonites. They have not walked in My ways to do right in My eyes and to carry out My statutes and My judgments as his father David did.

1 Kings 11:5

Solomon followed Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Milcom, the detestable idol of the Ammonites.

Idolatry » Objects of » Images

Deuteronomy 29:17

You saw their detestable images and idols [made] of wood, stone, silver, and gold, which were among them.

Psalm 115:4

Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.

Isaiah 44:17

He makes a god or his idol with the rest of it. He bows down to it and worships; He prays to it, "Save me, for you are my god."

Idolatry » Annual feasts

1 Kings 12:32

Jeroboam made a festival in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month, like the festival in Judah. He offered sacrifices on the altar; he made this offering in Bethel to sacrifice to the calves he had set up. He also stationed in Bethel the priests for the high places he had set up.

Daniel 3:2-3

King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to assemble the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers of the provinces to attend the dedication of the statue King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers of the provinces assembled for the dedication of the statue the king had set up. Then they stood before the statue Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Ezekiel 22:9

There are men within you who slander in order to shed blood. People who [live] in you eat at the mountain [shrines]; they commit immoral acts within you.

Ezekiel 18:6

He does not eat at the mountain [shrines] or raise his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel. He does not defile his neighbor's wife or come near a woman during her menstrual impurity.

Ezekiel 18:11-12

though the father has done none of them. Indeed, when the son eats at the mountain [shrines] and defiles his neighbor's wife, and [when] he oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, and does not return collateral, and [when] he raises his eyes to the idols, commits abominations,

More verses: Ezekiel 18:15

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Senseless idols

Psalm 115:7

They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk. They cannot make a sound with their throats.

Idolatry » Described as » Vain and foolish

Isaiah 44:19

No one reflects, no one has the perception or insight to say, "I burned half of it in the fire, I also baked bread on its coals, I roasted meat and ate. I will make something detestable with the rest of it, and I will bow down to a block of wood."

Psalm 115:4-8

Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. read more.
They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk. They cannot make a sound with their throats. Those who make them are just like them, as are all who trust in them.

Jeremiah 10:3

for the customs of the peoples are worthless. Someone cuts down a tree from the forest; [it is] worked by the hands of a craftsman with a chisel.

Idolatry » Early notice of, amongst God's professing people

Joshua 24:2

Joshua said to all the people, "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'Long ago your ancestors, including Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods.

Genesis 31:19

When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father's household idols.

Genesis 35:1-4

God said to Jacob, "Get up! Go to Bethel and settle there. Build an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau." So Jacob said to his family and all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods that are among you. Purify yourselves and change your clothes. We must get up and go to Bethel. I will build an altar there to the God who answered me in my day of distress. He has been with me everywhere I have gone." read more.
Then they gave Jacob all their foreign gods and their earrings, and Jacob hid them under the oak near Shechem.

Idolatry » Other customs of » Prayers to idols

Isaiah 45:20

"Come, gather together, and draw near, you fugitives of the nations. Those who carry their wooden idols, and pray to a god who cannot save, have no knowledge.

Jonah 1:5

The sailors were afraid, and each cried out to his god. They threw the ship's cargo into the sea to lighten the load. Meanwhile, Jonah had gone down to the lowest part of the vessel and had stretched out and fallen into a deep sleep.

Isaiah 44:17

He makes a god or his idol with the rest of it. He bows down to it and worships; He prays to it, "Save me, for you are my god."

Judges 10:14

Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them deliver you in the time of your oppression."

Isaiah 46:7

They lift it to their shoulder and bear it along; they set it in its place, and there it stands; it does not budge from its place. They cry out to it but it doesn't answer; it saves no one from his trouble.

Idolatry » The jews » Practised, in egypt

Joshua 24:14

"Therefore, fear the Lord and worship Him in sincerity and truth. Get rid of the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship the Lord.

Ezekiel 23:3

who acted like prostitutes in Egypt, behaving promiscuously in their youth. Their breasts were fondled there, and their virgin nipples caressed.

Ezekiel 23:19

Yet she multiplied her acts of promiscuity, remembering the days of her youth when she acted like a prostitute in the land of Egyp

Idolatry » Punishment of » Banishment

Jeremiah 8:3

Death will be chosen over life by all the survivors of this evil family, those who remain wherever I have banished them." [This is] the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.

Hosea 8:5-8

Your calf-idol is rejected, Samaria. My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of innocence? For this thing is from Israel- a craftsman made it, and it is not God. The calf of Samaria will be smashed to bits! Indeed, they sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. There is no standing grain; what sprouts fails to yield flour. Even if they did, foreigners would swallow it up. read more.
Israel is swallowed up! Now they are among the nations like discarded pottery.

Amos 5:26-27

But you have taken up Sakkuthyour king and Kaiwanyour star god, images you have made for yourselves. So I will send you into exile beyond Damascus." Yahweh, the God of Hosts, is His name. He has spoken.

Idolatry » Great prevalence of, in israel

Jeremiah 2:28

But where are your gods you made for yourself? Let them rise up and save you in your time of disaster if they can, for your gods are as numerous as your cities, Judah.

Ezekiel 8:10

I went in and looked, and there engraved all around the wall was every form of detestable thing, crawling creatures and beasts, as well as all the idols of the house of Israel.

Isaiah 2:8

Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Other gods

Judges 2:17

but they did not listen to their judges. Instead, they prostituted themselves with other gods, bowing down to them. They quickly turned from the way of their fathers, who had walked in obedience to the Lord's commands. They did not do as their fathers did.

Judges 2:12

and abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods from the surrounding peoples and bowed down to them. They infuriated the Lord,

1 Kings 14:9

You behaved more wickedly than all who were before you. In order to provoke Me, you have proceeded to make for yourself other gods and cast images, but you have flung Me behind your back.

Idolatry » Exhortations to turn from

Ezekiel 14:6

"Therefore, say to the house of Israel: This is what the Lord God says: Repent and turn away from your idols; turn your faces away from all your abominations.

Ezekiel 20:7

I also said to them: Each of you must throw away the detestable things that are before your eyes and not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

Idolatry » The good kings of judah endeavored to destroy

2 Chronicles 15:16

King Asa also removed Maacah, his grandmother, from being queen mother because she had made an obscene image of Asherah. Asa chopped down her obscene image, then crushed it and burned it in the Kidron Valley.

2 Chronicles 34:7

He tore down the altars, and he smashed the Asherah poles and the carved images to powder. He chopped down all the incense altars throughout the land of Israel and returned to Jerusalem.

Idolatry » Accompanied by feasts

2 Kings 10:20

Jehu commanded, "Consecrate a solemn assembly for Baal." So they called one.

1 Corinthians 10:27-28

If one of the unbelievers invites you over and you want to go, eat everything that is set before you, without raising questions of conscience. But if someone says to you, "This is food offered to an idol," do not eat it, out of consideration for the one who told you, and for conscience' sake.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Baal-berith

Judges 9:46

When all the lords of the Tower of Shechem heard, they entered the inner chamber of the temple of El-berith.

Judges 8:33

When Gideon died, the Israelites turned and prostituted themselves with the Baals and made Baal-berith their god.

Judges 9:4

So they gave him 70 pieces of silver from the temple of Baal-berith. Abimelech hired worthless and reckless men with this money, and they followed him.

Idolatry » Other customs of » Meat offerings

Jeremiah 7:18

The sons gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven,and they pour out drink offerings to other gods so that they provoke Me to anger.

Ezekiel 16:19

You also set before them as a pleasing aroma the food I gave you-the fine flour, oil, and honey that I fed you. That is what happened." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God .

Isaiah 57:6

Your portion is among the smooth [stones] of the wadi; indeed, they are your lot. You have even poured out a drink offering to them; you have offered a grain offering; should I be satisfied with these?

Jeremiah 44:17

Instead, we will do everything we said we would: burn incense to the queen of heaven and offer drink offerings to her just as we, our fathers, our kings, and our officials did in Judah's cities and in Jerusalem's streets. Then we had enough food and good things and saw no disaster,

Idolatry » Punishment of » Eternal torments

Revelation 14:9-11

And a third angel followed them and spoke with a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he will also drink the wine of God's wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb, and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or anyone who receives the mark of his name.

Idolatry » Consists in » Worshipping the host of heaven

Deuteronomy 4:19

When you look to the heavens and see the sun, moon, and stars-all the array of heaven-do not be led astray to bow down and worship them. The Lord your God has provided them for all people everywhere under heaven.

Deuteronomy 17:3

and has gone to worship other gods by bowing down to the sun, moon, or all the stars in the sky-which I have forbidden-

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Dumb idols

1 Corinthians 12:2

You know how, when you were pagans, you were led to dumb idols-being led astray.

Habakkuk 2:18

What use is a carved idol after its craftsman carves it? It is [only] a cast image, a teacher of lies. For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it and makes idols that cannot speak.

Idolatry » The jews » Followed the canaanites in

1 Chronicles 5:25

But they were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors. They prostituted themselves with the gods of the nations God had destroyed before them.

Judges 2:11-13

The Israelites did what was evil in the Lord's sight. They worshiped the Baals and abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods from the surrounding peoples and bowed down to them. They infuriated the Lord, for they abandoned Him and worshiped Baal and the Ashtoreths.

Idolatry » Objects of, carried in procession

Amos 5:26

But you have taken up Sakkuthyour king and Kaiwanyour star god, images you have made for yourselves.

Acts 7:43

No, you took up the tent of Moloch and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship. So I will deport you beyond Babylon!

Isaiah 46:7

They lift it to their shoulder and bear it along; they set it in its place, and there it stands; it does not budge from its place. They cry out to it but it doesn't answer; it saves no one from his trouble.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Molten images

Deuteronomy 27:15

'Cursed is the person who makes a carved idol or cast image, which is detestable to the Lord, the work of a craftsman, and sets [it] up in secret.' And all the people will reply, 'Amen!'

Habakkuk 2:18

What use is a carved idol after its craftsman carves it? It is [only] a cast image, a teacher of lies. For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it and makes idols that cannot speak.

Idolatry » They who practice » Forget God

Jeremiah 18:15

Yet My people have forgotten Me. They burn incense to false [idols] that make them stumble in their ways- in the ancient roads- to walk on [new] paths, not the highway.

Deuteronomy 8:19

If you ever forget the Lord your God and go after other gods to worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will perish.

Idolatry » Described as » Hateful to God

Deuteronomy 16:22

and do not set up a sacred pillar; the Lord your God hates them.

Jeremiah 44:4

So I sent you all My servants the prophets time and time again, saying, Don't do this detestable thing that I hate.

Idolatry » The jews » Followed the assyrians in

Ezekiel 16:28-30

Then you engaged in prostitution with the Assyrian men because you were not satisfied. Even though you did this with them, you were still not satisfied. So you extended your prostitution to Chaldea, the land of merchants, but you were not even satisfied with this! "How your heart was inflamed [with lust]"-the declaration of the Lord God -"when you did all these things, the acts of a brazen prostitute,

Ezekiel 23:5-7

"Oholah acted like a prostitute even though she was Mine. She lusted after her lovers, the Assyrians: warriors dressed in blue, governors and prefects, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding on steeds. She offered her sexual favors to them; all of them were the elite of Assyria. She defiled herself with all those she lusted after and with all their idols.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Nothing

Isaiah 41:24

Look, you are nothing and your work is worthless. Anyone who chooses you is detestable.

1 Corinthians 8:4

About eating food offered to idols, then, we know that "an idol is nothing in the world," and that "there is no God but one."

Idolatry » Saints should » Not have religious intercourse with those who practice

1 Corinthians 5:11

But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother who is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a reviler, a drunkard or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person.

Joshua 23:7

and so that you do not associate with these nations remaining among you. Do not call on the names of their gods or make an oath to them; do not worship them or bow down to them.

Idolatry » Consists in » Worshipping demons

Revelation 9:20

The rest of the people, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands to stop worshiping demons and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which are not able to see, hear, or walk.

Matthew 4:9-10

And he said to Him, "I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me." Then Jesus told him, "Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him. "

Idolatry » The jews » Often mixed up, with God's worship

Exodus 32:1-5

When the people saw that Moses delayed in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said to him, "Come, make us a god who will go before us because this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt-we don't know what has happened to him!" Then Aaron replied to them, "Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters and bring [them] to me." So all the people took off the gold rings that were on their ears and brought [them] to Aaron. read more.
He took [the gold] from their hands, fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made it into an image of a calf. Then they said, "Israel, this is your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!" When Aaron saw [this], he built an altar before it; then he made an announcement: "There will be a festival to the Lord tomorrow."

1 Kings 12:27-28

If these people regularly go to offer sacrifices in the Lord's temple in Jerusalem, the heart of these people will return to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will murder me and go back to the king of Judah." So the king sought advice. Then he made two gold calves, and he said to the people, "Going to Jerusalem is too difficult for you. Israel, here is your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt."

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Queen of heaven

Jeremiah 44:17

Instead, we will do everything we said we would: burn incense to the queen of heaven and offer drink offerings to her just as we, our fathers, our kings, and our officials did in Judah's cities and in Jerusalem's streets. Then we had enough food and good things and saw no disaster,

Jeremiah 44:25

This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: 'As for you and your wives, you women have spoken with your mouths, and you men fulfilled it by your deeds, saying: We will keep our vows we have made to burn incense to the queen of heaven and to pour out drink offerings for her. [Go ahead,] confirm your vows! Pay your vows!'

Idolatry » Punishment of » Dreadful judgments which end in death

Jeremiah 8:2

They will be exposed to the sun, the moon, and the whole heavenly host, which they have loved, served, followed, pursued, and worshiped. [Their bones] will not be collected and buried but will become like manure on the surface of the soil.

Jeremiah 16:1-11

The word of the Lord came to me: "You must not marry or have sons or daughters in this place. For this is what the Lord says concerning sons and daughters born in this place as well as concerning the mothers who bear them and the fathers who father them in this land: read more.
They will die from deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried but will be like manure on the face of the earth. They will be finished off by sword and famine. Their corpses will become food for the birds of the sky and for the wild animals of the land. "For this is what the Lord says: Don't enter a house where a mourning feast is taking place. Don't go to lament or sympathize with them, for I have removed My peace from these people"-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"[as well as My] faithful love and compassion. Both great and small will die in this land without burial. No lament will be made for them, nor will anyone cut himself or shave his head for them. Food won't be provided for the mourner to comfort him because of the dead. A cup of consolation won't be given him because of [the loss of] his father or mother. You must not enter the house where feasting is taking place to sit with them to eat and drink. For this is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: I am about to eliminate from this place, before your very eyes and in your time, the sound of joy and gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the bride. "When you tell these people all these things, they will say to you: Why has the Lord declared all this great disaster against us? What is our guilt? What is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God? Then you will answer them: Because your fathers abandoned Me"-the Lord's declaration-"and followed other gods, served them, and worshiped them. Indeed, they abandoned Me and did not keep My law.

Idolatry » Consists in » Worshipping the true God by an image, &c

Exodus 32:4-6

He took [the gold] from their hands, fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made it into an image of a calf. Then they said, "Israel, this is your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!" When Aaron saw [this], he built an altar before it; then he made an announcement: "There will be a festival to the Lord tomorrow." Early the next morning they arose, offered burnt offerings, and presented fellowship offerings. The people sat down to eat and drink, then got up to revel.

Psalm 106:19-20

At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped the cast metal image. They exchanged their glory for the image of a grass-eating ox.

Idolatry » Consists in » Serving other gods

Deuteronomy 7:4

because they will turn your sons away from Me to worship other gods. Then the Lord's anger will burn against you, and He will swiftly destroy you.

Jeremiah 5:19

When people ask: For what offense has the Lord our God done all these things to us? You will respond to them: Just as you abandoned Me and served foreign gods in your land, so will you serve strangers in a land that is not yours.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Bel

Jeremiah 51:44

I will punish Bel in Babylon. I will make him vomit what he swallowed. The nations will no longer stream to him; even Babylon's wall will fall.

Jeremiah 50:2

Announce to the nations; proclaim and raise up a signal flag; proclaim, and hide nothing. Say: Babylon is captured; Bel is put to shame; Marduk is devastated; her idols are put to shame; her false gods, devastated.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » New gods

Judges 5:8

Israel chose new gods, then war was in the gates. Not a shield or spear was seen among 40,000 in Israel.

Deuteronomy 32:17

They sacrificed to demons, not God, to gods they had not known, new gods that had just arrived, which your fathers did not fear.

Idolatry » They who practice » Forsake God

2 Kings 22:17

because they have abandoned Me and burned incense to other gods in order to provoke Me with all the work of their hands. My wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched.

Jeremiah 16:11

Then you will answer them: Because your fathers abandoned Me"-the Lord's declaration-"and followed other gods, served them, and worshiped them. Indeed, they abandoned Me and did not keep My law.

Idolatry » Other customs of » Tithes and gifts

2 Kings 23:11

He did away with the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun. [They had been] at the entrance of the Lord's temple in the precincts by the chamber of Nathan-melech the court official, and he burned up the chariots of the sun.

Daniel 11:38

Instead, he will honor a god of fortresses-a god his fathers did not know-with gold, silver, precious stones, and riches.

Amos 4:4-5

Come to Bethel and rebel; rebel even more at Gilgal! Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tenths every three days. Offer leavened bread as a thank offering, and loudly proclaim your freewill offerings, for that is what you Israelites love [to do]! [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration.

Idolatry » Other customs of » Kissing

1 Kings 19:18

But I will leave 7,000 in Israel-every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him."

Hosea 13:2

Now they continue to sin and make themselves a cast image, idols skillfully made from their silver, all of them the work of craftsmen. People say about them, "Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves."

Job 31:27

so that my heart was secretly enticed and I threw them a kiss,

Idolatry » Saints should » Not intermarry with those who practice

Deuteronomy 7:3

Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons,

Exodus 34:16

Then you will take some of their daughters [as brides] for your sons. Their daughters will prostitute themselves with their gods and cause your sons to prostitute themselves with their gods.

Idolatry » Consists in » Worshipping other gods

Deuteronomy 30:17

But if your heart turns away and you do not listen and you are led astray to bow down to other gods and worship them,

Psalm 81:9

There must not be a strange god among you; you must not bow down to a foreign god.

Idolatry » Consists in » Covetousness

Idolatry » Destruction of, promised

Zechariah 13:2

On that day"-the declaration of the Lord of Hosts-"I will erase the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered. I will remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Chemosh

1 Kings 11:33

For they have abandoned Me; they have bowed the knee to Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, to Chemosh, the god of Moab, and to Milcom, the god of the Ammonites. They have not walked in My ways to do right in My eyes and to carry out My statutes and My judgments as his father David did.

Numbers 21:29

Woe to you, Moab! You have been destroyed, people of Chemosh! He gave up his sons as refugees, and his daughters into captivity to Sihon the Amorite king.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Dagon

Judges 16:23

Now the Philistine leaders gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to their god Dagon. They rejoiced and said: Our god has handed over our enemy Samson to us.

1 Samuel 5:1-3

After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod, brought it into the temple of Dagonand placed it next to his statue. When the people of Ashdod got up early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen with his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and returned him to his place.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Abominations

Isaiah 44:19

No one reflects, no one has the perception or insight to say, "I burned half of it in the fire, I also baked bread on its coals, I roasted meat and ate. I will make something detestable with the rest of it, and I will bow down to a block of wood."

Jeremiah 32:34

They have placed their detestable things in the house that is called by My name and have defiled it.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Molten gods

Exodus 34:17

"Do not make cast images of gods for yourselves.

Leviticus 19:4

Do not turn to idols or make cast images of gods for yourselves; I am the Lord your God.

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » With sacrifices

Numbers 22:40

Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and sent for Balaam and the officials who were with him.

2 Kings 10:24

Then they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had stationed 80 men outside, and he warned [them], "Whoever allows any of the men I am delivering into your hands to escape [will forfeit] his life for theirs."

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » On high places

Numbers 22:41

In the morning, Balak took Balaam and brought him to Bamoth-baal. From there he saw the outskirts of the people's camp.

Jeremiah 2:20

For long ago I broke your yoke; I tore off your fetters. You insisted: I will not serve! On every high hill and under every leafy tree you lie down [like] a prostitute.

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » On the tops of houses

2 Kings 23:12

The king tore down the altars that were on the roof-Ahaz's upper chamber that the kings of Judah had made-and the altars that Manasseh had made in the two courtyards of the Lord's temple. Then he smashed them there and threw their dust into the Kidron Valley.

Zephaniah 1:5

those who bow in worship on the rooftops to the heavenly host; those who bow and pledge loyalty to the Lord but also pledge loyalty to Milcom;

Idolatry » Other customs of » Offered burnt offerings

Exodus 32:6

Early the next morning they arose, offered burnt offerings, and presented fellowship offerings. The people sat down to eat and drink, then got up to revel.

1 Kings 18:26

So they took the bull that he gave them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, "Baal, answer us!" But there was no sound; no one answered. Then they did their lame dance around the altar they had made.

Acts 14:13

Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the town, brought oxen and garlands to the gates. He, with the crowds, intended to offer sacrifice.

Idolatry » Consists in » Bowing down to images

Exodus 20:5

You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers' sin, to the third and fourth [generations] of those who hate Me,

Deuteronomy 5:9

You must not bow down to them or worship them, because I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers' sin to the third and fourth [generations] of those who hate Me,

Idolatry » Led the heathen to consider their gods to have but a local influence

1 Kings 20:23

Now the king of Aram's servants said to him, "Their gods are gods of the hill country. That's why they were stronger than we. Instead, we should fight with them on the plain; then we will certainly be stronger than they.

2 Kings 17:26

The settlers spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, "The nations that you have deported and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the custom of the God of the land. Therefore, He has sent lions among them, which are killing them because the people don't know the custom of the God of the land."

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Baal

Judges 6:25

On that very night the Lord said to him, "Take your father's young bull and a second bull seven years old. Then tear down the altar of Baal that belongs to your father and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.

Judges 2:11-13

The Israelites did what was evil in the Lord's sight. They worshiped the Baals and abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods from the surrounding peoples and bowed down to them. They infuriated the Lord, for they abandoned Him and worshiped Baal and the Ashtoreths.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » No gods

Jeremiah 5:7

Why should I forgive you? Your children have abandoned Me and sworn by those who are not gods. I satisfied their needs, yet they committed adultery; they gashed themselves at the prostitute's house.

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » By bowing to them

1 Kings 19:18

But I will leave 7,000 in Israel-every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him."

2 Kings 5:18

However, in a particular matter may the Lord pardon your servant: When my master, [the king of Aram], goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship and I, as his right-hand man, bow in the temple of Rimmon-when I bow in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord pardon your servant in this matter."

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » With libations

Jeremiah 19:13

The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will become impure like that place Topheth-all the houses on whose rooftops they have burned incense to the whole heavenly host and poured out drink offerings to other gods."

Isaiah 57:6

Your portion is among the smooth [stones] of the wadi; indeed, they are your lot. You have even poured out a drink offering to them; you have offered a grain offering; should I be satisfied with these?

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » With prayer

1 Kings 18:26

So they took the bull that he gave them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, "Baal, answer us!" But there was no sound; no one answered. Then they did their lame dance around the altar they had made.

Isaiah 44:17

He makes a god or his idol with the rest of it. He bows down to it and worships; He prays to it, "Save me, for you are my god."

Idolatry » Described as » Defiling

Ezekiel 20:7

I also said to them: Each of you must throw away the detestable things that are before your eyes and not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

Ezekiel 36:18

So I poured out My wrath on them because of the blood they had shed on the land, and because they had defiled it with their idols.

Idolatry » The jews » Forbidden to practice

Exodus 23:24

You must not bow down to their gods or worship them. Do not imitate their practices. Instead, demolish them and smash their sacred pillars to pieces.

Exodus 20:1-5

Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. Do not have other gods besides Me. read more.
Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers' sin, to the third and fourth [generations] of those who hate Me,

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Ashtoreth

1 Kings 11:33

For they have abandoned Me; they have bowed the knee to Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, to Chemosh, the god of Moab, and to Milcom, the god of the Ammonites. They have not walked in My ways to do right in My eyes and to carry out My statutes and My judgments as his father David did.

Judges 2:13

for they abandoned Him and worshiped Baal and the Ashtoreths.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Strange gods

Genesis 35:4

Then they gave Jacob all their foreign gods and their earrings, and Jacob hid them under the oak near Shechem.

Genesis 35:2

So Jacob said to his family and all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods that are among you. Purify yourselves and change your clothes.

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » Under trees

Isaiah 57:5

who burn with lust among the oaks, under every flourishing tree, who slaughter children in the wadis below the clefts of the rocks?

Jeremiah 2:20

For long ago I broke your yoke; I tore off your fetters. You insisted: I will not serve! On every high hill and under every leafy tree you lie down [like] a prostitute.

Idolatry » They who practice » Look to idols for deliverance

Isaiah 45:20

"Come, gather together, and draw near, you fugitives of the nations. Those who carry their wooden idols, and pray to a god who cannot save, have no knowledge.

Isaiah 44:17

He makes a god or his idol with the rest of it. He bows down to it and worships; He prays to it, "Save me, for you are my god."

Idolatry » Saints should » Not covenant with those who practice

Exodus 34:12

Be careful not to make a treaty with the inhabitants of the land that you are going to enter; otherwise, they will become a snare among you.

Exodus 34:15

"Do not make a treaty with the inhabitants of the land, or else when they prostitute themselves with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, they will invite you, and you will eat of their sacrifice.

Idolatry » Described as » Irrational

Acts 17:29

Being God's offspring, then, we shouldn't think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination.

Romans 1:21-23

For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.

Idolatry » The jews » Brought, out of egypt with them

Ezekiel 23:8

She didn't give up her promiscuity that began in Egypt, when men slept with her in her youth, caressed her virgin nipples, and poured out their lust on her.

Acts 7:39-41

Our forefathers were unwilling to obey him, but pushed him away, and in their hearts turned back to Egypt. They told Aaron: Make us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we don't know what's become of him. They even made a calf in those days, offered sacrifice to the idol, and were celebrating what their hands had made.

Idolatry » Saints preserved by God from

1 Kings 19:18

But I will leave 7,000 in Israel-every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him."

Romans 11:4

But what was God's reply to him? I have left 7,000 men for Myself who have not bowed down to Baal.

Idolatry » Led to abominable sins

Romans 1:26-32

This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual intercourse for what is unnatural. The males in the same way also left natural sexual intercourse with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty for their perversion. And because they did not think it worthwhile to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong. read more.
They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, disputes, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful. Although they know full well God's just sentence-that those who practice such things deserve to die-they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them.

Idolatry » Exemplified

Exodus 32:1

When the people saw that Moses delayed in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said to him, "Come, make us a god who will go before us because this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt-we don't know what has happened to him!"

2 Kings 17:12

They served idols, although the Lord had told them, "You must not do this."

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Baal-zebub

2 Kings 1:2

Ahaziah had fallen through the latticed window of his upper room in Samaria and was injured. So he sent messengers instructing them: "Go inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, if I will recover from this injury."

2 Kings 1:16

Then Elijah said to King Ahaziah, "This is what the Lord says: 'Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron-is it because there is no God in Israel for you to inquire of His will? You will not get up from your sickbed; you will certainly die.' "

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » By kissing them

1 Kings 19:18

But I will leave 7,000 in Israel-every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him."

Hosea 13:2

Now they continue to sin and make themselves a cast image, idols skillfully made from their silver, all of them the work of craftsmen. People say about them, "Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves."

Idolatry » Described as » Unprofitable

Judges 10:14

Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them deliver you in the time of your oppression."

Isaiah 46:7

They lift it to their shoulder and bear it along; they set it in its place, and there it stands; it does not budge from its place. They cry out to it but it doesn't answer; it saves no one from his trouble.

Idolatry » Consists in » Swearing by other gods

Exodus 23:13

"Pay strict attention to everything I have said to you. You must not invoke the names of other gods; they must not be heard on your lips.

Joshua 23:7

and so that you do not associate with these nations remaining among you. Do not call on the names of their gods or make an oath to them; do not worship them or bow down to them.

Idolatry » Saints refuse to receive the worship of

Acts 10:25

When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell at his feet, and worshiped him.

Acts 14:11-15

When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in the form of men!" And they started to call Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the main speaker. Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the town, brought oxen and garlands to the gates. He, with the crowds, intended to offer sacrifice. read more.
The apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their robes when they heard this and rushed into the crowd, shouting: "Men! Why are you doing these things? We are men also, with the same nature as you, and we are proclaiming good news to you, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything in them .

Idolatry » Is changing the truth of God into a lie

Isaiah 44:20

He feeds on ashes. [His] deceived mind has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself, or say, "Isn't there a lie in my right hand?"

Idolatry » Altars raised for

1 Kings 18:26

So they took the bull that he gave them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, "Baal, answer us!" But there was no sound; no one answered. Then they did their lame dance around the altar they had made.

Hosea 8:11

When Ephraim multiplied his altars for sin, they became his altars for sinning.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Graven images

Hosea 11:2

[The more] they called them, [the more] they departed from Me. They kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to idols.

Isaiah 45:20

"Come, gather together, and draw near, you fugitives of the nations. Those who carry their wooden idols, and pray to a god who cannot save, have no knowledge.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Stocks

Hosea 4:12

My people consult their wooden [idols], and their divining rods inform them. For a spirit of promiscuity leads them astray; they act promiscuously in disobedience to their God.

Jeremiah 3:9

Indifferent to her prostitution, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and tree.

Idolatry » Saints should » Keep from

Joshua 23:7

and so that you do not associate with these nations remaining among you. Do not call on the names of their gods or make an oath to them; do not worship them or bow down to them.

Idolatry » Consists in » Sacrificing to images

Psalm 106:38

They shed innocent blood- the blood of their sons and daughters whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; so the land became polluted with blood.

Acts 7:41

They even made a calf in those days, offered sacrifice to the idol, and were celebrating what their hands had made.

Idolatry » Objects of » The heavenly bodies

Acts 7:42

Then God turned away and gave them up to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: Did you bring Me offerings and sacrifices for 40 years in the desert, O house of Israel?

2 Kings 23:5

Then he did away with the idolatrous priests the kings of Judah had appointed to burn incense at the high places in the cities of Judah and in the areas surrounding Jerusalem. They had burned incense to Baal, and to the sun, moon, constellations, and the whole heavenly host.

Idolatry » Is changing the glory of God into an image

Acts 17:29

Being God's offspring, then, we shouldn't think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Diana

Acts 19:24

For a person named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis, provided a great deal of business for the craftsmen.

Acts 19:27

So not only do we run a risk that our business may be discredited, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be despised and her magnificence come to the verge of ruin-the very one whom the whole province of Asia and the world adore."

Idolatry » Saints should » Not partake of any thing connected with

1 Corinthians 10:19-20

What am I saying then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but I do say that what they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons!

Idolatry » Saints should » Testify against

Acts 19:26

You both see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost the whole province of Asia, this man Paul has persuaded and misled a considerable number of people by saying that gods made by hand are not gods!

Idolatry » Punishment of » Exclusion from heaven

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit God's kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers will inherit God's kingdom.

Idolatry » They who practice » Hate God

2 Chronicles 19:2-3

Then Jehu son of Hanani the seer went out to confront him and said to King Jehoshaphat, "Do you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, the Lord's wrath is on you. However, some good is found in you, for you have removed the Asherah poles from the land and have decided to seek God."

Idolatry » Other customs of » Cutting the flesh

Jeremiah 41:5

80 men came from Shechem, Shiloh, and Samaria who had shaved their beards, torn their garments, and gashed themselves, and who were carrying grain and incense offerings to bring to the temple of the Lord.

1 Kings 18:28

They shouted loudly, and cut themselves with knives and spears, according to their custom, until blood gushed out on them.

Idolatry » Other customs of » Bowing

1 Kings 19:18

But I will leave 7,000 in Israel-every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him."

2 Kings 5:18

However, in a particular matter may the Lord pardon your servant: When my master, [the king of Aram], goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship and I, as his right-hand man, bow in the temple of Rimmon-when I bow in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord pardon your servant in this matter."

Idolatry » Saints should » Flee from

Idolatry » Renounced on conversion

1 Thessalonians 1:9

For they themselves report about us what kind of reception we had from you: how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

Idolatry » Warnings against

Deuteronomy 4:15-19

"Be extremely careful for your own good-because you did not see any form on the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire- not to act corruptly and make an idol for yourselves in the shape of any figure: a male or female form, or the form of any beast on the earth, any winged creature that flies in the sky, read more.
any creature that crawls on the ground, or any fish in the waters under the earth. When you look to the heavens and see the sun, moon, and stars-all the array of heaven-do not be led astray to bow down and worship them. The Lord your God has provided them for all people everywhere under heaven.

Idolatry » They who practice » Carried away by it

1 Corinthians 12:2

You know how, when you were pagans, you were led to dumb idols-being led astray.

Idolatry » Punishment of » Judicial death

Deuteronomy 17:2-5

"If a man or woman among you in one of your towns that the Lord your God will give you is discovered doing evil in the sight of the Lord your God and violating His covenant and has gone to worship other gods by bowing down to the sun, moon, or all the stars in the sky-which I have forbidden- and if you are told or hear [about it], you must investigate it thoroughly. If the report turns out to be true that this detestable thing has happened in Israel, read more.
you must bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing and stone them to death.

Idolatry » Objects of » Pictures

Numbers 33:52

you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, destroy all their stone images and cast images, and demolish all their high places.

Isaiah 2:16

against every ship of Tarshish, and against every splendid sea vessel.

Idolatry » Zeal » Against » Manasseh

2 Chronicles 33:15

He removed the foreign gods and the idol from the Lord's temple, along with all the altars that he had built on the mountain of the Lord's temple and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside the city.

Idolatry » Exemplified » Ahaz

2 Chronicles 28:3

He burned incense in the Valley of Hinnom and burned his children in the fire, imitating the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites.

Idolatry » Consists in » Speaking in the name of other gods

Deuteronomy 18:20

But the prophet who dares to speak in My name a message I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods-that prophet must die.'

Idolatry » Objects of » Departed spirits

1 Samuel 28:14-15

Then Saul asked her, "What does he look like?" "An old man is coming up," she replied. "He's wearing a robe." Then Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed his face to the ground and paid homage. "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" Samuel asked Saul. "I'm in serious trouble," replied Saul. "The Philistines are fighting against me and God has turned away from me. He doesn't answer me any more, either through the prophets or in dreams. So I've called on you to tell me what I should do."

Idolatry » Zeal » Against » Jehoshaphat

2 Chronicles 17:6

His mind rejoiced in the Lord's ways, and he again removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.

Idolatry » Zeal » Against » Israel

2 Chronicles 31:1

When all this was completed, all Israel who had attended went out to the cities of Judah and broke up the sacred pillars, chopped down the Asherah poles, and tore down the high places and altars throughout Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, to the last one.Then all the Israelites returned to their cities, each to his own possession.

Idolatry » Angels refuse to receive the worship of

Revelation 22:8-9

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown them to me. But he said to me, "Don't do that! I am a fellow slave with you, your brothers the prophets, and those who keep the words of this book. Worship God."

Idolatry » Divination connected with

2 Chronicles 33:6

He passed his sons through the fire in the Valley of Hinnom. He practiced witchcraft, divination, and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did a great deal of evil in the Lord's sight, provoking Him.

Idolatry » Objects of, numerous

1 Corinthians 8:5

For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth-as there are many "gods" and many "lords"-

Idolatry » Curse denounced against

Deuteronomy 27:15

'Cursed is the person who makes a carved idol or cast image, which is detestable to the Lord, the work of a craftsman, and sets [it] up in secret.' And all the people will reply, 'Amen!'

Idolatry » Is a work of the flesh

Galatians 5:19-20

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions,

Idolatry » Other customs of » Libations of blood

Psalm 16:4

The sorrows of those who take another [god] for themselves multiply; I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, and I will not speak their names with my lips.

Zechariah 9:7

I will remove the blood from their mouths and the detestable things from between their teeth. Then they too will become a remnant for our God; they will become like a clan in Judah and Ekron like the Jebusites.

Idolatry » Other customs of » Praise

Daniel 5:4

They drank the wine and praised their gods made of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.

Judges 16:24

When the people saw him, they praised their god and said: Our god has handed over to us our enemy who destroyed our land and who multiplied our dead.

Idolatry » Saints should » Not have anything connected with, in their houses

Deuteronomy 7:26

You must not bring any abhorrent thing into your house, or you will be set apart for destruction like it. You are to utterly detest and abhor it, because it is set apart for destruction.

Idolatry » Described as » An abomination to God

Deuteronomy 7:25

You must burn up the carved images of their gods. Don't covet the silver and gold on the images and take it for yourself, or else you will be ensnared by it, for it is abhorrent to the Lord your God.

Idolatry » Consists in » Walking after other gods

Deuteronomy 8:19

If you ever forget the Lord your God and go after other gods to worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will perish.

Idolatry » Consists in » Sensuality

Idolatry » Captivity of judah on account of

2 Kings 17:19-23

Even Judah did not keep the commandments of the Lord their God but lived according to the customs Israel had introduced. So the Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel, afflicted them, and handed them over to plunderers until He had banished them from His presence. When the Lord tore Israel from the house of David, Israel made Jeroboam son of Nebat king. Then Jeroboam led Israel away from following the Lord and caused them to commit great sin. read more.
The Israelites persisted in all the sins that Jeroboam committed and did not turn away from them. Finally, the Lord removed Israel from His presence just as He had declared through all His servants the prophets. So Israel has been exiled to Assyria from their homeland until today.

Idolatry » Consists in » Worshipping angels

Idolatry » Objects of » Angels

Idolatry » Making idols for the purpose of, described and ridiculed

Isaiah 44:10-20

Who makes a god or casts a metal image for no profit? Look, all its worshipers will be put to shame, and the craftsmen are humans. They all will assemble and stand; they all will be startled and put to shame. The ironworker labors over the coals, shapes the idol with hammers, and works it with his strong arm. Also he grows hungry and his strength fails; he doesn't drink water and is faint. read more.
The woodworker stretches out a measuring line, he outlines it with a stylus; he shapes it with chisels and outlines it with a compass. He makes it according to a human likeness, like a beautiful person, to dwell in a temple. He cuts down cedars for his use, or he takes a cypress or an oak. He lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a laurel, and the rain makes it grow. It serves as fuel for man. He takes some of it and warms himself; also he kindles a fire and bakes bread; he even makes it into a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and bows down to it. He burns half of it in a fire, and he roasts meat on that half. He eats the roast and is satisfied. He warms himself and says, "Ah! I am warm, I see the blaze." He makes a god or his idol with the rest of it. He bows down to it and worships; He prays to it, "Save me, for you are my god." Such people do not comprehend and cannot understand, for He has shut their eyes so they cannot see, and their minds so they cannot understand. No one reflects, no one has the perception or insight to say, "I burned half of it in the fire, I also baked bread on its coals, I roasted meat and ate. I will make something detestable with the rest of it, and I will bow down to a block of wood." He feeds on ashes. [His] deceived mind has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself, or say, "Isn't there a lie in my right hand?"

Idolatry » Captivity of israel on account of

2 Kings 17:6-18

In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria. He deported the Israelites to Assyria and settled them in Halah and by the Habor, Gozan's river, and in the cities of the Medes. [This disaster] happened because the people of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God who had brought them out of the land of Egypt from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt and because they had worshiped other gods. They had lived according to the customs of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites and the customs the kings of Israel had introduced. read more.
The Israelites secretly did what was not right against the Lord their God. They built high places in all their towns from watchtower to fortified city. They set up for themselves sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree. They burned incense on all the high places just like those nations that the Lord had driven out before them. They did evil things, provoking the Lord. They served idols, although the Lord had told them, "You must not do this." Still, the Lord warned Israel and Judah through every prophet and every seer, saying, "Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments and statutes according to all the law I commanded your ancestors and sent to you through My servants the prophets." But they would not listen. Instead, they became obstinate like their ancestors who did not believe the Lord their God. They rejected His statutes and His covenant He had made with their ancestors and the warnings He had given them. They pursued worthless idols and became worthless themselves, following the surrounding nations the Lord had commanded them not to imitate. They abandoned all the commandments of the Lord their God. They made for themselves molded images-even two calves-and an Asherah pole. They worshiped the whole heavenly host and served Baal. They made their sons and daughters pass through the fire and practiced divination and interpreted omens. They devoted themselves to do what was evil in the Lord's sight and provoked Him. Therefore, the Lord was very angry with Israel, and He removed them from His presence. Only the tribe of Judah remained.

Idolatry » A virtual forsaking of God

Jeremiah 2:9-13

Therefore, I will bring a case against you again. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. I will bring a case against your children's children. Cross over to Cyprusand take a look. Send [someone] to Kedar and consider carefully; see if there has ever been anything like this: Has a nation [ever] exchanged its gods? (but they were not gods!) Yet My people have exchanged their Glory for useless idols. read more.
Be horrified at this, heavens; be shocked and utterly appalled. [This is] the Lord's declaration. For My people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Baal-peor

Numbers 25:1-3

While Israel was staying in Acacia Grove, the people began to have sexual relations with the women of Moab. The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods. So Israel aligned itself with Baal of Peor, and the Lord's anger burned against Israel.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » gods that have not made the heavens

Jeremiah 10:11

You are to say this to them: The gods that did not make the heavens and the earth will perish from the earth and from under these heavens.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Vanities of the gentiles

Jeremiah 14:22

Can any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Or can the skies alone give showers? Are You not the Lord our God? We therefore put our hope in You, for You have done all these things.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Vanity

Jeremiah 18:15

Yet My people have forgotten Me. They burn incense to false [idols] that make them stumble in their ways- in the ancient roads- to walk on [new] paths, not the highway.

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » With incense

Jeremiah 48:35

In Moab, I will stop"-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"the one who offers sacrifices on the high place and burns incense to his gods.

Idolatry » They who practice » Are ignorant and foolish

Romans 1:21-22

For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools

Idolatry » They who practice » Are mad upon it

Jeremiah 50:38

A drought will come on her waters, and they will be dried up. For it is a land of carved images, and they go mad because of terrifying things.

Idolatry » Exemplified » Manasseh

2 Kings 21:4-7

He would build altars in the Lord's temple, where the Lord had said, "Jerusalem is where I will put My name." He built altars to the whole heavenly host in both courtyards of the Lord's temple. He made his son pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did a great amount of evil in the Lord's sight, provoking [Him]. read more.
Manasseh set up the carved image of Asherah he made in the temple that the Lord had spoken about to David and his son Solomon, "I will establish My name forever in this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel.

Idolatry » Exemplified » Judah

Jeremiah 11:13

Your gods are indeed as numerous as your cities, Judah, and the altars you have set up to Shame-altars to burn incense to Baal-as numerous as the streets of Jerusalem.

Idolatry » Consists in » Setting up idols in the heart

Ezekiel 14:3-4

"Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and have put sinful stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I be consulted by them at all? "Therefore, speak to them and tell them: This is what the Lord God says: When anyone from the house of Israel sets up idols in his heart, puts a sinful stumbling block before his face, and then comes to the prophet, I, the Lord, will answer him appropriately. [I will answer him] according to his many idols,

Idolatry » The jews » Followed the moabites in

Numbers 25:1-3

While Israel was staying in Acacia Grove, the people began to have sexual relations with the women of Moab. The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods. So Israel aligned itself with Baal of Peor, and the Lord's anger burned against Israel.

Idolatry » Those that are not idolaters

Ezekiel 18:5-9

"Now suppose a man is righteous and does what is just and right: He does not eat at the mountain [shrines] or raise his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel. He does not defile his neighbor's wife or come near a woman during her menstrual impurity. He doesn't oppress anyone but returns his collateral to the debtor. He does not commit robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing. read more.
He doesn't lend at interest or for profit but keeps his hand from wrongdoing and carries out true justice between men. He follows My statutes and keeps My ordinances, acting faithfully. Such a person is righteous; he will certainly live." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God .

Idolatry » Incompatible with the service of God

Genesis 35:2-3

So Jacob said to his family and all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods that are among you. Purify yourselves and change your clothes. We must get up and go to Bethel. I will build an altar there to the God who answered me in my day of distress. He has been with me everywhere I have gone."

Idolatry » Adopted by solomon

1 Kings 11:5-8

Solomon followed Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Milcom, the detestable idol of the Ammonites. Solomon did what was evil in the Lord's sight, and unlike his father David, he did not completely follow the Lord. At that time, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the detestable idol of Moab, and for Milcom, the detestable idol of the Ammonites on the hill across from Jerusalem. read more.
He did the same for all his foreign wives, who were burning incense and offering sacrifices to their gods.

Idolatry » Zeal » Against » Asa

1 Kings 15:12

He banished the male shrine prostitutes from the land and removed all of the idols that his fathers had made.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Nibhaz and tartak

2 Kings 17:31

the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of the Sepharvaim.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Succoth-benoth

2 Kings 17:30

The men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, the men of Cuth made Nergal, the men of Hamath made Ashima,

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Adrammelech

2 Kings 17:31

the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of the Sepharvaim.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Anammelech

2 Kings 17:31

the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of the Sepharvaim.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Merodach

Jeremiah 50:2

Announce to the nations; proclaim and raise up a signal flag; proclaim, and hide nothing. Say: Babylon is captured; Bel is put to shame; Marduk is devastated; her idols are put to shame; her false gods, devastated.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Nisroch

2 Kings 19:37

One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword and escaped to the land of Ararat. Then his son Esar-haddon became king in his place.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Ashima

2 Kings 17:30

The men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, the men of Cuth made Nergal, the men of Hamath made Ashima,

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Nergal

2 Kings 17:30

The men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, the men of Cuth made Nergal, the men of Hamath made Ashima,

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Idols of abomination

Ezekiel 16:36

This is what the Lord God says: Because your lust was poured out and your nakedness exposed by your acts of prostitution with your lovers, and because of all your detestable idols and the blood of your children that you gave to them,

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Teachers of lies

Habakkuk 2:18

What use is a carved idol after its craftsman carves it? It is [only] a cast image, a teacher of lies. For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it and makes idols that cannot speak.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Dumb stones

Habakkuk 2:19

Woe to him who says to wood: Wake up! or to mute stone: Come alive! Can it teach? Look! It may be plated with gold and silver, yet there is no breath in it at all.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Helpless

Jeremiah 10:5

Like scarecrows in a cucumber patch, their idols cannot speak. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them for they can do no harm- and they cannot do any good.

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » By cutting the flesh

1 Kings 18:28

They shouted loudly, and cut themselves with knives and spears, according to their custom, until blood gushed out on them.

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » In private houses

Judges 17:4-5

So he returned the silver to his mother, and she took five pounds of silver and gave it to a silversmith. He made it into a carved image overlaid with silver, and it was in Micah's house. This man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household idols, and installed one of his sons to be his priest.

Idolatry » They who practice » Pollute the name of God

Ezekiel 20:39

"As for you, house of Israel, this is what the Lord God says: Go and serve your idols, each of you. But afterwards you will surely listen to Me, and you will no longer defile My holy name with your gifts and idols.

Idolatry » They who practice » Go after it in heart

Ezekiel 20:16

because they rejected My ordinances, profaned My Sabbaths, and did not follow My statutes. For their hearts went after their idols.

Idolatry » They who practice » Go astray from God

Ezekiel 44:10

Surely the Levites who wandered away from Me when Israel went astray, and who strayed from Me after their idols, will bear the consequences of their sin.

Idolatry » Exemplified » People of lystra

Acts 14:11-12

When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in the form of men!" And they started to call Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the main speaker.

Idolatry » Exemplified » Sennacherib

2 Kings 19:37

One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword and escaped to the land of Ararat. Then his son Esar-haddon became king in his place.

Idolatry » Exemplified » Jeroboam

1 Kings 12:28

So the king sought advice. Then he made two gold calves, and he said to the people, "Going to Jerusalem is too difficult for you. Israel, here is your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt."

Idolatry » Described as » Bloody

Ezekiel 23:39

On the same day they slaughtered their children for their idols, they entered My sanctuary to profane it. Yes, that is what they did inside My house.

Idolatry » Exemplified » Micah

Judges 17:4-5

So he returned the silver to his mother, and she took five pounds of silver and gave it to a silversmith. He made it into a carved image overlaid with silver, and it was in Micah's house. This man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household idols, and installed one of his sons to be his priest.

Idolatry » Exemplified » Ahab

1 Kings 16:31

Then, as if following the sin of Jeroboam son of Nebat were a trivial matter, he married Jezebel, the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and then proceeded to serve Baal and worship him.

Idolatry » Exemplified » Amon

2 Kings 21:21

He walked in all the ways his father had walked; he served the idols his father had served, and he worshiped them.

Idolatry » Consists in » Fearing other gods

2 Kings 17:35

The Lord made a covenant with them and commanded them, "Do not fear other gods; do not bow down to them; do not serve them; do not sacrifice to them.

Idolatry » Who is an idolater

Idolatry » All forms of, forbidden by the law of moses

Exodus 20:4-5

Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers' sin, to the third and fourth [generations] of those who hate Me,

Idolatry » Woe denounced against

Habakkuk 2:19

Woe to him who says to wood: Wake up! or to mute stone: Come alive! Can it teach? Look! It may be plated with gold and silver, yet there is no breath in it at all.

Idolatry » Forbidden

Exodus 20:2-3

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. Do not have other gods besides Me.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Tammuz

Ezekiel 8:14

So He brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the Lord's house, and I saw women sitting there weeping for Tammuz.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Rimmon

2 Kings 5:18

However, in a particular matter may the Lord pardon your servant: When my master, [the king of Aram], goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship and I, as his right-hand man, bow in the temple of Rimmon-when I bow in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord pardon your servant in this matter."

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Images of abomination

Ezekiel 7:20

He appointed His beautiful ornaments for majesty, but they made their abhorrent images from them, their detestable things. Therefore, I have made these into something filthy for them.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » gods that cannot save

Isaiah 45:20

"Come, gather together, and draw near, you fugitives of the nations. Those who carry their wooden idols, and pray to a god who cannot save, have no knowledge.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Wind and confusion

Isaiah 41:29

Look, all of them are a delusion; their works are nonexistent; their images are wind and emptiness.

Idolatry » Objects of, described as » Stumbling blocks

Ezekiel 14:3

"Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and have put sinful stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I be consulted by them at all?

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » By kissing the hand to them

Job 31:26-27

if I have gazed at the sun when it was shining or at the moon moving in splendor, so that my heart was secretly enticed and I threw them a kiss,

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » In temples

2 Kings 5:18

However, in a particular matter may the Lord pardon your servant: When my master, [the king of Aram], goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship and I, as his right-hand man, bow in the temple of Rimmon-when I bow in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord pardon your servant in this matter."

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » In groves

Exodus 34:13

Instead, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, and chop down their Asherah poles.

Idolatry » They who practice » Defile the sanctuary of God

Ezekiel 5:11

"Therefore, as I live"-[this is] the declaration of the Lord God -"I am going to cut [you] off and show [you] no pity, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable practices and abominations. Yes, I will not spare [you].

Idolatry » They who practice » Are estranged from God

Ezekiel 14:5

so that I may take hold of the house of Israel by their hearts, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols.

Idolatry » They who practice » Hold fast their deceit

Jeremiah 8:5

Why have these people turned away? Why is Jerusalem always turning away? They take hold of deceit; they refuse to return.

Idolatry » Consists in » Sacrificing to other gods

Idolatry » Consists in » Worshipping dead men

Idolatry » Zeal » Against » Josiah

2 Kings 23:5

Then he did away with the idolatrous priests the kings of Judah had appointed to burn incense at the high places in the cities of Judah and in the areas surrounding Jerusalem. They had burned incense to Baal, and to the sun, moon, constellations, and the whole heavenly host.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Baal-zephon

Exodus 14:2

"Tell the Israelites to turn back and camp in front of Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea; you must camp in front of Baal-zephon, facing it by the sea.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Nebo

Isaiah 46:1

Bel crouches; Nebo cowers. Their idols are consigned to beasts and cattle. The [images] you carry are loaded, as a burden for the weary [animal].

Idolatry » Objects of, worshipped » In secret places

Isaiah 57:8

You have set up your memorial behind the door and doorpost. For away from Me, you stripped, went up, and made your bed wide, and you have made a bargain for yourself with them. You have loved their bed; you have gazed on their genitals.

Idolatry » They who practice » Are vain in their imaginations

Idolatry » They who practice » Inflame themselves

Isaiah 57:5

who burn with lust among the oaks, under every flourishing tree, who slaughter children in the wadis below the clefts of the rocks?

Idolatry » Other customs of » Singing and dancing

Exodus 32:18-19

But Moses replied: It's not the sound of a victory cry and not the sound of a cry of defeat; I hear the sound of singing! As he approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses became enraged and threw the tablets out of his hands, smashing them at the base of the mountain.

Idolatry » Saints should » Refuse to engage in, though threatened with death

Idolatry » Described as » Abominable

Idolatry » Exemplified » Belshazzar

Daniel 5:23

Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. The vessels from His house were brought to you, and as you and your nobles, wives, and concubines drank wine from them, you praised the gods made of silver and gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or understand. But you have not glorified the God who holds your life-breath in His hand and who controls the whole course of your life.

Idolatry » Objects of » Earthly creatures

Idolatry » The jews » Followed the syrians in

Judges 10:6

Then the Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They worshiped the Baals and the Ashtoreths, the gods of Aram, Sidon, and Moab, and the gods of the Ammonites and the Philistines. They abandoned the Lord and did not worship Him.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Jupiter

Acts 14:12

And they started to call Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the main speaker.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Mercury

Acts 14:12

And they started to call Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the main speaker.

Idolatry » They who practice » Have fellowship with devils

Hosea 4:12

My people consult their wooden [idols], and their divining rods inform them. For a spirit of promiscuity leads them astray; they act promiscuously in disobedience to their God.

Idolatry » They who practice » Ask counsel of their idols

Hosea 4:12

My people consult their wooden [idols], and their divining rods inform them. For a spirit of promiscuity leads them astray; they act promiscuously in disobedience to their God.

Idolatry » They who practice » Boast of it

Psalm 97:7

All who serve carved images, those who boast in idols, will be put to shame. All the gods must worship Him.

Idolatry » Exemplified » Nebuchadnezzar

Daniel 3:1

King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue, 90 feet high and nine feet wide. He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.

Idolatry » Led the heathen to think that their gods visited the earth in bodily shapes

Acts 14:11

When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in the form of men!"

Idolatry » Victims sacrificed in, often adorned with garlands

Acts 14:13

Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the town, brought oxen and garlands to the gates. He, with the crowds, intended to offer sacrifice.

Idolatry » Temples built for

Hosea 8:14

Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces; Judah has also multiplied fortified cities. I will send fire on their cities, and it will consume their citadels.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Remphan

Acts 7:43

No, you took up the tent of Moloch and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship. So I will deport you beyond Babylon!

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Huzzab

Nahum 2:7

Beauty is stripped, she is carried away; her ladies-in-waiting moan like the sound of doves, and beat their breasts.

Idolatry » Idols, &c mentioned in scripture » Chiun

Amos 5:26

But you have taken up Sakkuthyour king and Kaiwanyour star god, images you have made for yourselves.

Idolatry » They who practice » Swear by their idols

Amos 8:14

Those who swear by the guilt of Samaria and say, "As your god lives, Dan," or "As the wayof Beer-sheba lives"- they will fall, never to rise again.

Idolatry » Consists in » Looking to other gods

Hosea 3:1

Then the Lord said to me, "Go again; show love to a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, just as the Lord loves the Israelites though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes."

Idolatry » Other customs of » Libations of wine

Deuteronomy 32:38

Who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offerings? Let them rise up and help you; let it be a shelter for you.

Idolatry » Other customs of » Music

Daniel 3:5-7

When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. But whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire." Therefore, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, and every kind of music, people of every nation and language fell down and worshiped the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Idolatry » Objects of » Pictures on walls

Ezekiel 8:10

I went in and looked, and there engraved all around the wall was every form of detestable thing, crawling creatures and beasts, as well as all the idols of the house of Israel.

Idolatry » Objects of » Images of angels

Idolatry » Objects of » gods of egypt

Exodus 12:12

"I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night and strike every firstborn [male] in the land of Egypt, both man and beast. I am the Lord; I will execute judgments against all the gods of Egypt.

Idolatry » Objects of » Net and drag

Habakkuk 1:16

That is why they sacrifice to their dragnet and burn incense to their fishing net, for by these things their portion is rich and their food plentiful.

Idolatry » Objects of » Brazen serpent

2 Kings 18:4

He removed the high places and shattered the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah [poles]. He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made, for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time. He called it Nehushtan.

Idolatry » Wicked practices of » Practices of, relating to the dead

Idolatry » Other customs of » Peace offerings

Exodus 32:6

Early the next morning they arose, offered burnt offerings, and presented fellowship offerings. The people sat down to eat and drink, then got up to revel.

Idolatry » Objects of » Golden calf

Exodus 32:4

He took [the gold] from their hands, fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made it into an image of a calf. Then they said, "Israel, this is your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!"

Idolatry » Objects of » Earrings

Genesis 35:4

Then they gave Jacob all their foreign gods and their earrings, and Jacob hid them under the oak near Shechem.

Idolatry » Objects of » Animals

Ignorance of God » Leads to » Idolatry

Isaiah 44:19

No one reflects, no one has the perception or insight to say, "I burned half of it in the fire, I also baked bread on its coals, I roasted meat and ate. I will make something detestable with the rest of it, and I will bow down to a block of wood."

Acts 17:29-30

Being God's offspring, then, we shouldn't think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination. "Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent,

Israel » Under the judges » Return » Idolatry

Judges 8:33-34

When Gideon died, the Israelites turned and prostituted themselves with the Baals and made Baal-berith their god. The Israelites did not remember the Lord their God who had delivered them from the power of the enemies around them.

Israel » Under the judges » Idolatry

Judges 2:10-23

That whole generation was also gathered to their ancestors. After them another generation rose up who did not know the Lord or the works He had done for Israel. The Israelites did what was evil in the Lord's sight. They worshiped the Baals and abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods from the surrounding peoples and bowed down to them. They infuriated the Lord, read more.
for they abandoned Him and worshiped Baal and the Ashtoreths. The Lord's anger burned against Israel, and He handed them over to marauders who raided them. He sold them to the enemies around them, so that they could no longer resist their enemies. Whenever the Israelites went out, the Lord was against them and brought disaster [on them], just as He had promised and sworn to them. So they suffered greatly. The Lord raised up judges, who saved them from the power of their marauders, but they did not listen to their judges. Instead, they prostituted themselves with other gods, bowing down to them. They quickly turned from the way of their fathers, who had walked in obedience to the Lord's commands. They did not do as their fathers did. Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for the Israelites, the Lord was with him and saved the people from the power of their enemies while the judge was still alive. The Lord was moved to pity whenever they groaned because of those who were oppressing and afflicting them. Whenever the judge died, the Israelites would act even more corruptly than their fathers, going after other gods to worship and bow down to them. They did not turn from their [evil] practices or their obstinate ways. The Lord's anger burned against Israel, and He declared, "Because this nation has violated My covenant that I made with their fathers and disobeyed Me, I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died. [I did this] to test Israel and to see whether they would keep the Lord's way by walking in it, as their fathers had." The Lord left these nations and did not drive them out immediately. He did not hand them over to Joshua.

Israel » Under the judges » Idolatry » King of moab » Repentance » Deliverance

Judges 3:12-30

The Israelites again did what was evil in the Lord's sight. He gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel, because they had done what was evil in the Lord's sight. After Eglon convinced the Ammonites and the Amalekites to join forces with him, he attacked and defeated Israel and took possession of the City of Palms. The Israelites served Eglon king of Moab 18 years. read more.
Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and He raised up Ehud son of Gera, a left-handed Benjaminite, as a deliverer for them. The Israelites sent him to Eglon king of Moab with tribute [money]. Ehud made himself a double-edged sword 18 inches long. He strapped it to his right thigh under his clothes and brought the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was an extremely fat man. When Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he dismissed the people who had carried it. At the carved images near Gilgal he returned and said, "King [Eglon], I have a secret message for you." The king called for silence, and all his attendants left him. Then Ehud approached him while he was sitting alone in his room upstairs [where it was] cool. Ehud said, "I have a word from God for you," and the king stood up from his throne. Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and plunged it into Eglon's belly. Even the handle went in after the blade, and Eglon's fat closed in over it, so that Ehud did not withdraw the sword from his belly. And Eglon's insides came out. Ehud escaped by way of the porch, closing and locking the doors of the upstairs room behind him. Ehud was gone when Eglon's servants came in. They looked and found the doors of the upstairs room locked and thought he was relieving himself in the cool room. The servants waited until they became worried and saw that he had still not opened the doors of the upstairs room. So they took the key and opened the doors-and there was their lord lying dead on the floor! Ehud escaped while the servants waited. He crossed over [the Jordan] near the carved images and reached Seirah. After he arrived, he sounded the ram's horn throughout the hill country of Ephraim. The Israelites came down with him from the hill country, and he became their leader. He told them, "Follow me, because the Lord has handed over your enemies, the Moabites, to you." So they followed him, captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Moab, and did not allow anyone to cross over. At that time they struck down about 10,000 Moabites, all strong and able-bodied men. Not one of them escaped. Moab became subject to Israel that day, and the land was peaceful 80 years.

Israel » Idolatry » Moab

Numbers 25:1-5

While Israel was staying in Acacia Grove, the people began to have sexual relations with the women of Moab. The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods. So Israel aligned itself with Baal of Peor, and the Lord's anger burned against Israel. read more.
The Lord said to Moses, "Take all the leaders of the people and execute them in broad daylight before the Lord so that His burning anger may turn away from Israel." So Moses told Israel's judges, "Kill each of the men who aligned themselves with Baal of Peor."

Jews, the » Punished for » Idolatry

Psalm 78:58-64

They enraged Him with their high places and provoked His jealousy with their carved images. God heard and became furious; He completely rejected Israel. He abandoned the tabernacle at Shiloh, the tent where He resided among men. read more.
He gave up His strength to captivity and His splendor to the hand of a foe. He surrendered His people to the sword because He was enraged with His heritage. Fire consumed His chosen young men, and His young women had no wedding songs. His priests fell by the sword, but the widows could not lament.

Isaiah 65:3-7

These people continually provoke Me to My face, sacrificing in gardens, burning incense on bricks, sitting among the graves, spending nights in secret places, eating swine's flesh, and putting polluted broth in their bowls. They say: Keep to yourself, don't come near me, for I am too holy for you! These practices are smoke in My nostrils, a fire that burns all day long. read more.
It is written before Me: I will not keep silent, but I will repay; I will repay them fully [for] your iniquities and the iniquities of your fathers together," says the Lord. "Because they burned incense on the mountains and reproached Me on the hills, I will reward them fully for their former deeds."

Judgments » Are sent, as punishment for » Idolatry

Jeremiah 16:18

I will first repay them double for their guilt and sin because they have polluted My land. They have filled My inheritance with the lifelessness of their detestable and abhorrent idols."

2 Kings 22:17

because they have abandoned Me and burned incense to other gods in order to provoke Me with all the work of their hands. My wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched.

Punishment of the The Wicked » On account of their » Idolatry

Leviticus 26:30

I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and heap your dead bodies on the lifeless bodies of your idols; I will reject you.

Isaiah 10:10-11

As my hand seized the idolatrous kingdoms, whose idols exceeded those of Jerusalem and Samaria, and as I did to Samaria and its idols will I not also do to Jerusalem and its idols?

The tribe of Simeon » Plagues » Idolatry

Numbers 26:14

These were the Simeonite clans, numbering 22,200 men.

Numbers 1:23

those registered for the tribe of Simeon numbered 59,300.

worldly Snares » Idolatry

Psalm 106:36

They served their idols, which became a snare to them.

Temptation » Yielding to temptation » Idolatry » Solomon » Influence » Wives

Nehemiah 13:26

Didn't King Solomon of Israel sin in matters like this? There was not a king like him among many nations. He was loved by his God and God made him king over all Israel, yet foreign women drew him into sin.

1 Kings 11:4

When Solomon was old, his wives seduced him [to follow] other gods. His heart was not completely with the Lord his God, as his father David's heart had been.

Temptation » Special sources of worldly snares » Idolatry

Psalm 106:36

They served their idols, which became a snare to them.

Women » Zealous » Promotion » Superstition » Idolatry

Jeremiah 7:18

The sons gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven,and they pour out drink offerings to other gods so that they provoke Me to anger.

Ezekiel 13:23

therefore you will no longer see false visions or practice divination. I will deliver My people from your hands. Then you will know that I am the Lord."

Ezekiel 13:17

"Now, son of man, turn toward the women of your people who prophesy out of their own imagination. Prophesy against them

false Worship » Idolatry » Forbidden

Deuteronomy 7:25

You must burn up the carved images of their gods. Don't covet the silver and gold on the images and take it for yourself, or else you will be ensnared by it, for it is abhorrent to the Lord your God.

Genesis 35:2

So Jacob said to his family and all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods that are among you. Purify yourselves and change your clothes.

Exodus 20:4

Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.

false Worship » Idolatry » Prophecies concerning the overthrow of

Isaiah 2:20

On that day people will throw their silver and gold idols, which they made to worship, to the moles and the bats.

Zechariah 13:2

On that day"-the declaration of the Lord of Hosts-"I will erase the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered. I will remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land.

Isaiah 17:8

They will not look to the altars they made with their hands or to the Asherahs and incense altars they made with their fingers.

Jeremiah 51:47

Therefore, look, the days are coming when I will punish Babylon's carved images. Her entire land will suffer shame, and all her slain will lie fallen within her.

Micah 5:13

I will remove your carved images and sacred pillars from you, so that you will not bow down again to the work of your hands.

Topics on Idolatry

Abominations, Idolatry Is

24;32;32-35

because of all the evil the Israelites and Judeans have done to provoke Me to anger-they, their kings, their officials, their priests, and their prophets, the men of Judah, and the residents of Jerusalem.

Avoiding Idolatry

2;20;4

Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.

God Opposes Idolatry

19;78;58

They enraged Him with their high places and provoked His jealousy with their carved images.

Idolatry Consists Of

2;20;4

Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.

Idolatry, Objections To

35;2;18

What use is a carved idol after its craftsman carves it? It is [only] a cast image, a teacher of lies. For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it and makes idols that cannot speak.

Idolatry, Wicked Practices Of

3;18;21

"You are not to make any of your children pass through [the fire] to Molech. Do not profane the name of your God; I am the Lord.

Nature Of Idolatry

23;45;20

"Come, gather together, and draw near, you fugitives of the nations. Those who carry their wooden idols, and pray to a god who cannot save, have no knowledge.

Shame Of Idolatry

19;97;7

All who serve carved images, those who boast in idols, will be put to shame. All the gods must worship Him.

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