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19 Bible Verses about Polytheism

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Isaiah 2:8

Its land is filled [with] idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what they made [with] their fingers.

Jeremiah 2:11

Has a nation exchanged gods? And they [are] not gods! But my people have exchanged their glory for that which does not profit.

1 Corinthians 8:5

For even if after all [there] are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, just as [there] are many gods and many lords,

Exodus 20:23

You will not make alongside me gods of silver, and gods of gold you will not make for yourselves.

2 Kings 17:35-38

Yahweh had {made} a covenant with them and commanded them, "You shall not fear other gods, nor shall you bow down to them, nor shall you serve them, nor shall you sacrifice to them. Rather, Yahweh, who brought you out from the land of Egypt with great strength and with an outstretched arm--him you shall fear, and to him you shall bow down, and to him you shall sacrifice. The statutes, the decisions, the law, and the commands that he wrote to you, you shall observe to do always, and you shall not fear other gods.read more.
The covenant that I have {made} with you, you shall not forget, and you shall not fear other gods.

Judges 10:6

And again, the {Israelites} did evil in the eyes of Yahweh. They served the Baals, the Ashtaroth, the gods of Aram, Sidon, Moab, and the gods of the {Ammonites} and Philistines; they abandoned Yahweh and did not serve him.

Numbers 33:51-52

"Speak to the {Israelites} and say to them, 'When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, you will drive out the inhabitants of the land from your presence, and you will destroy all their idols and all the images of their molten idols, and you will demolish all their high places;

2 Kings 17:15-18

They rejected his statutes, his covenant which he {made} with their ancestors, and his warnings which he gave to them; and they went after the idols, became vain, and [went] after all the nations which [were] all around them, which Yahweh had commanded them not to do as they [did]. They abandoned all the commands of Yahweh their God and made for themselves two molten calf-shaped idols; they made a pole of Asherah worship and bowed down to the army of the heavens and served Baal. They made their sons and their daughters pass through the fire, they practiced divination and read omens, and they sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of Yahweh to provoke him.read more.
So Yahweh was very angry with Israel and he removed them from his presence; none remained except the tribe of Judah alone.

1 Kings 15:12-13

He put away the male shrine prostitutes from the land, and he removed all of the idols that his ancestors made. Also, he had Maacah his mother removed from the office of queen mother, [as] she had made a repulsive image for the Asherah. Asa also cut down her repulsive image and burned it in the Wadi Kidron.

Leviticus 26:1

" 'You shall not make for yourselves idols and divine images, and you shall not raise up stone pillars for yourselves, and you shall not put a sculptured stone in your land in order to worship before it, because I [am] Yahweh your God.

1 Kings 14:23

They also built for themselves high places and stone pillars and sacred poles on every high hill and under every green tree.

Acts 17:23

For [as I] was passing through and observing carefully your objects of worship, I even found an altar on which was inscribed, 'To an unknown God.' Therefore what you worship without knowing [it], this I proclaim to you--

1 Corinthians 8:5-6

For even if after all [there] are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, just as [there] are many gods and many lords, yet to us [there is] one God, the Father, from whom [are] all [things], and we [are] for him, and [there is] one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom [are] all [things], and we [are] through him.

1 Corinthians 12:2

You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the speechless idols, however you were led.

Acts 17:16

Now while Paul was waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was provoked within him [when he] observed the city was full of idols.

Acts 19:26

and you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this man Paul has persuaded [and] turned away a large crowd [by] saying that the [gods] made by hands are not gods.

Romans 1:20-23

For from the creation of the world, his invisible [attributes], both his eternal power and deity, are discerned clearly, being understood in the things created, so that they are without excuse. For [although they] knew God, they did not honor [him] as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their reasoning, and their senseless hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools,read more.
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God with the likeness of an image of mortal human beings and birds and quadrupeds and reptiles.

1 Corinthians 10:19-20

Therefore, what am I saying? That food sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? [No], but that [the things] which they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to become sharers with demons.