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there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burnt part of it in the fire, &c. and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? Shall I fall down to the stock of (or that which comes from) a tree?—Isa. xliv. 9—20.
They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together, that are makers of idols, &c. They have no knowledge, that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.-Isa. xlv. 16. 20.
To whom will ye liken me? &c. They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance; and hire a goldsmith, and he maketh it a god; they fall down, yea, and worship: they bear him upon the shoulder; they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth: from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry to him; yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.—Isa. xlvi. 5—7.
I have even from the beginning declared, &c. lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them: and my graven image, and my molten image hath commanded them.-Isa. xlviii. 5.
A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face: that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick, &c.— Isa. lxv. 3, 4. Jer. i. 16.
Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit, &c. The house of Israel is ashamed, &c. saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth, &c. But where are thy gods, that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble; for according to the number of thy cities, are thy gods, O .ludah.—Jer. ii. 11. 26— 28. xi. 12, 13.
Israel is gone up upon every high mountain, and under every green tree; and there hath played "the har
lot,&c. Her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also, &c. committed adultery with stones, and with stocks.—Jer. iii.6. 8,9.
Seest thou not what they do ia the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire; and the women knead their dough to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.—Jer. vii. 17, 18.
One cutteth a tree out of the forest, &c. they fasten it with nails; they speak not, &c. be not afraid of them, for they can do neither evil nor good, &c. They are altogether brutish, and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities, silver spread into plates, &c. but the Lord is the true God, &c. The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from undertheheavens,&c. Everyfounder is confounded by the graven image; for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them: they are vanity, and the work of errors.— Jer. x. 3—5. 8—11. 14. 15.
Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? —Jer. xiv. 22.
The Gentiles shall come, &c. and say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things, wherein is no profit: shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods '. —Jer. xvi. 19, 20.
Then all the men which knew that their wives had burnt incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, &c. answered Jeremiah, saying, &c. We will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of her own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour oot drink-offerings unto her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem; for then had we plenty, &c. So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings.— Jer. xliv. 15—22.
I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me; and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols.—Ezek. vi. 9.
The vision that Ezekiel had of their abominable idolatry.-Ezek. viii.
These men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them? &c. I the Lord will answer him that Cometh, according to the multitude of his idols, &c. 1 the Lord will answer him by myself.— Ezek. xiv. 3—7. Hosea ii. 2—4.
The insatiable idolatry of Jerusalem, with all nations.—Ezek. xvi. 15, &c.
I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols,—Ezek. xxiii. 30. xvi. 36, &c.
Such of the Levites who had offered before idols,God refused, afterwards, that they should offer any more unto him.—Ezek. xliv. 10—15.
The image Nebuchadnezzar set up. —Dan. iii.
Belshazzar and his princes, &c. praised the gods of gold and of silver, &c.—Dan. v. 3, 4.
My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms have caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God: they sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains,and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks, &c. Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.— Hosea iv. 12, 13.17.
Of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off. Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off: mine anger is kindled, &c. The workman made it, therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces;
for they have sown the wind.—Hosea viii. 4—7.
According to the multitude of his fruit, he hath increased the altars: according unto the goodness of his land, they have made goodly images: their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty; he shall break down their altars: he shall spoil their images.—Hosea x. 1,2.
And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding; all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice, kiss the calves: therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, &c.— Hosea xiii. 2, 3.
I will cut off them who worship the host of heaven, &c. that swear by the Lord, and swear by Malcham. —Zeph. i. 4, 5. Amos viii. 14.
For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams, &c.—Zech. x. 2.
Nor will we say any more to the work of our hands, ye are our gods. —Hosea xiv. 3.
Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord, which he loved (or ought to love); and hath married the daughter of a strange god.-Mai. ii. 11.
God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven.—Acts vii. 42.
The people said, &c. The gods are come down unto us, in the likeness of men: and they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before the city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people: which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you; and preach unto you, that ye should turn from those vanities, unto the living God, which made heaven and earth, &c.--Acts xiv. 11—15.18.
We write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols.— Acts xv. 20. 29.
Paul,&c. at Athens, his spirit was stirred within him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry (or full of idols), therefore disputed he in the synagogue, &c. Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious: for, as I passed by, and beheld your devotions (or gods whom ye worship), I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom thereforeye ignorantly worship, &c. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art, or man's device. —Acts xvii. 16,17. 22, 23. 29.
Demetrius said, This Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying, That they be no gods which are made with hands: so that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also, that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth, &c. Great is Diana of the Ephesians, &c. The image which fell down from Jupiter.—Acts xix. 26—28. 34, 35.
When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, &c. and changed the glory of the incorruptible God, into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, &c. who changed the truth of God into a lie, and served the creature more than the Creator. —Rom. i. 21. 23. 25. ii. 22. Ps cvi. 19—21.
Thou who abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?—Rom. ii. 22.
We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one: for though there be that are called gods (whether in
heaven or earth), as there be gods many, and lords many; but to us there is but one God, &c.—1 Cor. viii. 4—6.
Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them: as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play, &c. My dearly beloved, flee from idolatry, &c. What say I then, that the idol is any thing? or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not toGod; and I wouldnotthatyeshould have fellowship with devils.—1 Cor. x. 7. 14. 19, 20.
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.—1 Cor. xii. 2.
Ye did service unto them, which by nature are not gods.—Gal. iv. 8.
How ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God.— 1 Thess. i. 9.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.—1 John v. 21.
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues, yet re
Eented not of the works of their ands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood; which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.—Rev. ix. 20.
The Lord will be terrible unto them; for he will famish (or make lean) all the gods of the earth.—Zepb. ii. 11.
OF ANGELS APPEARING TO MEN: WHAT THEY ARE, AND DO.
And the angel of the Lord found Hagar by a fountain of water, &c. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, &c. I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, &c—Gen. xvi. 7—11.
Three men appeared to Abraham: his discourse with them, and entertaining of them.—Gen. xviii. Dan. x. 5, &c.
And there came two angels to Sodom at even, and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them, rose tip to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground, &c. but the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house, &c. and they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, &c. And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son-inlaw, &c. for we will destroy this place,&c. Theangels hastened Lot, &c. and while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, &c. When they had brought them forth abroad, he said, Escape for thy life, &c. And Lot said unto them, O not so, my Lord,&c. And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing, &c. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom, and upon Gomorrah, brimstone, &c.—Gen. xix. 1.10—13. 15—19.21.24.
And the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? Fear not, for God hath heard the voice of the lad.—Gen. xxi. 17.
And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham, &c. Lay not thine hand upon the lad, &c. And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time.—Gen. xxii. 11,12. 15.
Abraham said unto his servant, The Lord God of heaven, &c. he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.—Gen. xxiv. 6, 7.
Jacob dreamed, and behold a ladder, &c. and the angels of God ascending anddescendingonit.—Gen.xxviii.12. The angel of God spake unto Jacob in a dream, &c. said, For I have seen all that Laban doth unto thee: I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me.—Gen. xxxi. 11 — 13.
And Jacob went on his way, and theangelsofGodmethim: andwhen Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host, &c. And Jacob was left alone, and there wrestled a man with him,&c. As a prince hast thou power with God and with men, &c. And Jacob said, 1 have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.—Gen. xxxii. 1,2.24.28. 30. Hoseaxii.4.
The angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads.-Gen.xlviii. 16. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto Moses in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush, &c. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, &c. said, I am the God of thy father, &c.—Exod. iii. 2—6. Acts vii. 30. 35.
And the angel of God which went before the camp of Israel, removed, and went behind them: and the pillar of the cloud, &c.—Exod. xiv. 19,20* Behold, I send an angel before thee to keep thee in the way, &c. for mine angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites.—Exod. xxiii. 20. 23. xxxii. 34. xxxiii. 2.
He heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt.—Numb. xx. 16.
God was angry with Balaam, because he went: and the angel of the Lord stood in the way, for an adversary against him, &c. And the ass (upon which he rode) saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside, &c. But the angel of the Lord stood in a path of the vineyards, &c. And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she thrust herself unto the wall, &c. And the angel of the Lord went farther, and stood in a narrow place, &c. and when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she fell down under Balaam, &c. Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell Hat on his face, &c. And the angel of the Lord said unto Balaam, Go with the men; but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. —Numb, xxii.22—27. 31—35.
When Joshua was by Jericho, &c. behold there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? and he said, Nay, but as captain (or prince) of the host of the Lord, am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face unto the earth, and did worship; and said unto him, Whatsaith my Lordunto his servant? —Josh. v. 13—15.
An angel of the Lord came, &c. when the angel of the Lord spake these words, &c. the people lift up their voice and wept.—Judgesii. 1.4. Curse ye Meroz (said the angel of the Lord, &c.) because they came not to the help of the Lord.—Judges v. 23.
And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak, &c. appeared unto Gideon, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, &c. And Gideon said unto him, O my Lord, &c. The Lord said unto him, Surely, I will be with thee, &c. And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh, and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, &c. Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff,and touched the flesh, &c. And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas! O Lord God; for, because I have seen an angel of the Lord, face to face. And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee, fear not; thou shalt not die.—Judges vi. 11,12. 15—17. 20—23.
The angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah's wife, &c. When Manoah knew that he was an angel of the Lord, he said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.—Judges xiii. 3. 220.127.116.11.18. 21,22.
My Lord is wise, according to the
wisdom of an angel of God.—2 Sam. xiv. 20.
When the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil.— 2 Sam. xxiv. 16. 1 Cbron. xxi. 15, 16. 18. 20. 30.
The angel of the Lord came to Elijab, and gave him food,&c.—1 Kings xix. 5—7.
The angel of the Lord said unto Elijah, Go down to meet the messengers, &c.—2 Kings i. 15.
The angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred fourscore and five thousand.—2 Kings xix. 35. Isa. xxxvii. 36.
His angels he charged with folly. —Jobiv. 18.
The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.—Ps. xxxiv- 7. Dan. iii. 28. vi. 22.
Let the angel of the Lord chase them, &c. Persecute them.—Ps. xxxv. 5, 6.
The chariots of God are twenty thousand; even thousands (or many thousands) of angels.—Ps. lxviii. 17. Man did eat angel's food, &c. He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath,indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels amongst them. —Ps. lxxviii. 25. 49.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways: they shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against
a stone. Ps. xci. 11, 12. Matt .
Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength; that do his commandments.—Ps. ciii. 20.
Who maketh his angels spirits: his ministers a flaming fire.—Ps. civ. 4. Heb. i. 7.
Praise ye him, all his angels, &c —Ps. cxlviii. 2.
Neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error.—Eccles. v. 6.
They are called seraphims, each one had six wings, &c—Isa. vi. 2, ic.