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12 For the idea of making idols was the beginning of fornication,
and the invention of them was the corruption of life;
nor will they last forever.
and therefore their speedy end has been planned.
made an image of his child, who had been suddenly taken from him;
he now honored as a god what was once a dead human being,
and handed on to his dependents secret rites and initiations.
and at the command of monarchs carved images were worshiped.
17 When people could not honor monarchsa in their presence, since they lived at a distance,
they imagined their appearance far away,
and made a visible image of the king whom they honored,
so that by their zeal they might flatter the absent one as though present.
even those who did not know the king to intensify their worship.
skillfully forced the likeness to take more beautiful form,
now regarded as an object of worship the one whom shortly before they had honored as a human being.
because people, in bondage to misfortune or to royal authority,
bestowed on objects of stone or wood the name that ought not to be shared.
but though living in great strife due to ignorance,
they call such great evils peace.
or hold frenzied revels with strange customs,
but they either treacherously kill one another, or grieve one another by adultery,
defiling of souls, sexual perversion,
disorder in marriages, adultery, and debauchery.
is the beginning and cause and end of every evil.
28 For their worshipersb either rave in exultation,
or prophesy lies, or live unrighteously, or readily commit perjury;
they swear wicked oaths and expect to suffer no harm.
because they thought wrongly about God in devoting themselves to idols,
and because in deceit they swore unrighteously through contempt for holiness.
31 For it is not the power of the things by which people swear,c
but the just penalty for those who sin,
that always pursues the transgression of the unrighteous.
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