Calls on a piece of wood less sound than the vessel that bears him;
And an artificer by his wisdom built it;
Because even in the sea thou gavest a way,
And in the waves a sure path,
That so even without art a man may put to sea;
Therefore also do men intrust their lives to a little piece of wood,
And passing through the surge on a raft are brought safe to land.
Left to the race of men a seed of generations to come,
Thy hand guiding the helm,
Idolaters shall be punished.
Because his was the working, and the corruptible thing was named a god:
Because, though formed of things which God created, they were made an abomination,
And stumblingblocks to the souls of men,
And a snare to the feet of the foolish.
The origin of idolatry.
And the invention of them the corruption of life:
And therefore has a speedy end been devised for them.
Making an image of the child too quickly taken away,
Now honoured him as a god who then was a corpse,
And delivered to those that were under him mysteries and solemn rites.
And by the commandments of princes graven images were worshipped.
Imagining the likeness from afar,
They made a visible image of the king whom they honoured,
That by their zeal they might flatter the absent as if he were present.
Did the ambition of the artificer urge forward even them that knew him not,
Compelled his art to give the likeness greater beauty;
Now accounted as an object of worship him whom they had honoured before as a man.
Because men, under the power either of calamity or of tyranny,
Invested stones and stocks with the incommunicable Name.
Evil results of idolatry.
But also, while they live in sore conflict through ignorance of him,
Or holding frantic revels of strange ordinances,
But one slays another treacherously, or grieves him by adultery.
Disquieting of the good,
Ingratitude for benefits received,
Defiling of souls, confusion of sex,
Disorder in marriage, adultery, and wantonness.
Is the beginning and cause and end of every evil.
Or live unrighteously, or lightly forswear themselves.
They wickedly swear false oaths and look not to be harmed.
Because they had evil thoughts of God by giving heed to idols,
And swore unrighteously in deceit, despising holiness.
But Justice which hath regard to them that sin,
Punisheth always the transgression of the unrighteous.
Benefits of worshipping the true God.