You know that when you were pagans you were often led astray by speechless idols, however you were led.
“‘As for you, O house of Israel, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Each of you go and serve your idols, 1 if you will not listen to me. 2 But my holy name will not be profaned 3 again by your sacrifices 4 and your idols.
For they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They have committed adultery with their idols, and their sons, whom they bore to me, 1 they have passed through the fire as food to their idols. 2
you slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols. 1
Therefore speak to them and say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: When any one from the house of Israel erects his idols in his heart and sets the obstacle leading to his iniquity before his face, and then consults a prophet, I the Lord am determined to answer him personally according to the enormity of his idolatry. 1
He does not eat pagan sacrifices on the mountains, does not pray to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife,
I said to them, “Each of you must get rid of the detestable idols you keep before you, 1 and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.”
Then you will know that I am the Lord – when their dead lie among their idols around their altars, on every high hill and all the mountaintops, under every green tree and every leafy oak, 1 the places where they have offered fragrant incense to all their idols.
“‘You must not make for yourselves idols, 1 so you must not set up for yourselves a carved image or a pillar, and you must not place a sculpted stone in your land to bow down before 2 it, for I am the Lord your God.
They stripped his corpse, and then carried off his head and his armor. They sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines proclaiming the news to their idols and their people.
Here is a message about Egypt: Look, the Lord rides on a swift-moving cloud and approaches Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him; the Egyptians lose their courage. 1
The Egyptians will panic, 1 and I will confuse their strategy. 2 They will seek guidance from the idols and from the spirits of the dead, from the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, and from the magicians. 3
“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Return! Turn from your idols, and turn your faces away from your abominations.