“Do not make idols for yourselves, set up a carved image or sacred pillar for yourselves, or place a sculpted stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am Yahweh your God.
“If you follow My statutes and faithfully observe My commands,
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.
He was permitted to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could both speak and cause whoever would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
He declares His word to Jacob,
His statutes and judgments to Israel.
“This is the command—the statutes and ordinances—the Lord your God has instructed me to teach you, so that you may follow them in the land you are about to enter and possess.
I am Yahweh your God. Follow My statutes, keep My ordinances, and practice them.
2 Kings 17:37
You are to be careful always to observe the statutes, the ordinances, the law, and the commandments He wrote for you; do not fear other gods.
I will delight in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.
The instruction of the Lord is perfect,
renewing one’s life;
the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy,
making the inexperienced wise.
Now Rachel had taken Laban’s household idols, put them in the saddlebag of the camel, and sat on them. Laban searched the whole tent but found nothing.
Tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, burn up their Asherah poles, cut down the carved images of their gods, and wipe out their names from every place.
There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see, hear, eat, or smell.
And what great nation has righteous statutes and ordinances like this entire law I set before you today?
They have mouths but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
1 Samuel 5:2
brought it into the temple of Dagon and placed it next to his statue.
The head of the statue was pure gold, its chest and arms were silver, its stomach and thighs were bronze,
Their idols are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
Carefully observe the commands of the Lord your God, the decrees and statutes He has commanded you.
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.
1 Samuel 5:4
But when they got up early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen with his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. This time, both Dagon’s head and the palms of his hands were broken off and lying on the threshold. Only Dagon’s torso remained.
But his wife looked back and became a pillar of salt.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
making the heart glad;
the command of the Lord is radiant,
making the eyes light up.
because Abraham listened to My voice and kept My mandate, My commands, My statutes, and My instructions.”
?HeTeach me, Lord, the meaning of Your statutes,
and I will always keep them.
Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.
As you were watching, a stone broke off without a hand touching it, struck the statue on its feet of iron and fired clay, and crushed them.
1 Corinthians 10:20
No, but I do say that what they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to participate with demons!
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.
I also gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances they could not live by.
They have thrown their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but made by human hands—wood and stone. So they have destroyed them.
Those who make them are just like them,
as are all who trust in them.
But God says to the wicked:
“What right do you have to recite My statutes
and to take My covenant on your lips?
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.
Your statutes are the theme of my song
during my earthly life.
“Then I said to their children in the wilderness: Don’t follow the statutes of your fathers, defile yourselves with their idols, or keep their ordinances.
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.”
1 Corinthians 12:2
You know that when you were pagans, you used to be led off to the idols that could not speak.
Do this so that you may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life by keeping all His statutes and commands I am giving you, your son, and your grandson, and so that you may have a long life.
The statutes of Omri
and all the practices of Ahab’s house
have been observed;
you have followed their policies.
Therefore, I will make you a desolate place
and the city’s residents an object of contempt;
you will bear the scorn of My people.”