The rest of humanity, who had not been killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so that they did not stop worshiping demons and idols made 1 of gold, silver, 2 bronze, stone, and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk about.
Now Ehud had escaped while they were delaying. When he passed the carved images, he escaped to Seirah.
They set up their disgusting idols in the temple which I have claimed for my own 1 and defiled it.
This is what the sovereign Lord says: Because your lust 1 was poured out and your nakedness was uncovered in your prostitution with your lovers, and because of all your detestable idols, and because of the blood of your children you have given to them,
You must not make yourselves molten gods.
The five men who had gone to spy out the land of Laish 1 said to their kinsmen, 2 “Do you realize that inside these houses are an ephod, some personal idols, a carved image, and a metal image? Decide now what you want to do.”
He removed the foreign gods and images from the Lord’s temple and all the altars he had built on the hill of the Lord’s temple and in Jerusalem; he threw them outside the city.
I hear my dear people 1 crying out 2 throughout the length and breadth of the land. 3 They are crying, ‘Is the Lord no longer in Zion? Is her divine King 4 no longer there?’” The Lord answers, 5 “Why then do they provoke me to anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?” 6
Before I restore them 1 I will punish them in full 2 for their sins and the wrongs they have done. For they have polluted my land with the lifeless statues of their disgusting idols. They have filled the land I have claimed as my own 3 with their detestable idols.” 4
I am the Lord! That is my name! I will not share my glory with anyone else, or the praise due me with 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.
Josiah also got rid of 1 the ritual pits used to conjure up spirits, 2 the magicians, personal idols, disgusting images, 3 and all the detestable idols that had appeared in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem. In this way he carried out the terms of the law 4 recorded on the scroll that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the Lord’s temple.
I announced them to you beforehand; before they happened, I predicted them for you, so you could never say, ‘My image did these things, my idol, my cast image, decreed them.’
“Announce 1 the news among the nations! Proclaim it! Signal for people to pay attention! 2 Declare the news! Do not hide it! Say: ‘Babylon will be captured. Bel 3 will be put to shame. Marduk will be dismayed. Babylon’s idols will be put to shame. Her disgusting images 4 will be dismayed. 5
In all your dwellings, the cities will be laid waste and the high places ruined so that your altars will be laid waste and ruined, your idols will be shattered and demolished, your incense altars will be broken down, and your works wiped out. 1
For when anyone from the house of Israel, or the foreigner who lives in Israel, separates himself from me and erects his idols in his heart and sets the obstacle leading to his iniquity before his face, and then consults a prophet to seek something from me, I the Lord am determined to answer him personally.
But they rebelled against me, and refused to listen to me; no one got rid of their detestable idols, 1 nor did they abandon the idols of Egypt. Then I decided to pour out 2 my rage on them and fully vent my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.