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Wisdom 14

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 1 This chapter speaks of physical idols, which aside from a few statues of Buddha, statues of Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic saints, and some good luck charms, don't exist in Western society today. However, Paul tells us covetousness is idolatry; whatever you covet is to valuing that, (things, pleasures, persons), equal to or greater than God. As Paul said: For of this you can be sure, that no sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body that are of the earthly life: fornication, impurity, inordinate affections, evil lusts of the flesh, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Col 3:5.

 1 Again, another preparing to sail, and beginning to make his voyage through the raging waves, he calls upon a piece of wood more frail than the wood that carries him.

 2 For this the desire of gain devised, and the workman built it by his skill.

 3 But your providence, O Father, governs it for you have made a way even in the sea, and a safe path among the waves,

 4 showing that you are able to save from all danger; yes, though a man went to sea without art [a dumb idol].

 5 But that the works of your wisdom might not be idle, therefore men also trust their lives even to a little wood, and passing over the sea by ship are saved.

 6 And from the time of old also when the proud giants perished, the hope of the world escaped in a weak vessel [ark], which was governed by your hand, and left to all ages a seed of generation.

 7 For blessed is the wood, by which righteousness comes. [The analogy of the wooden cross is to the wooden vessel, and to the imputed righteousness of Christ by faith.]

 8 But the idol that is made by hands, is cursed, as well it, as he that made it; he because he made it; and it because being frail, it is called a god.

 9 However, to God the wicked and his wickedness are hateful alike.

 10 For that which is made, together with him that made it, shall suffer torments.

 11 Therefore, and there shall be no respect had even to the idols of the Gentiles, because the creatures of God are turned to an abomination, and a temptation to the souls of men, and a snare to the feet of the unwise.

 12 For the beginning of spiritual fornication is the devising of idols and the invention of them is the corruption of life.

 13 For neither were they from the beginning, neither shall they be forever.

 14 For by the vanity of men they came into the world and therefore they shall be found to come shortly to an end.

 15 For a father being afflicted with bitter grief, made to himself the image of his son who was quickly taken away: and him who then had died as a man, he began now to worship as a god, and appointed him rites and sacrifices among his servants.

 16 Then in process of time, wicked custom prevailing, this error was kept as a law, and statues were worshipped by the commandment of kings.

 17 And those whom men could not honor in presence, because they dwelt far off, they brought their resemblance from afar, and made an express image of the king whom they had a mind to honor; that by this their diligence, they might honor as present, him that was absent.

 18 And to worshipping of these, the singular diligence also of the artificer helped to set forward the ignorant to more superstition.

 19 For he being willing to please him that employed him, labored with all his art to make the resemblance in the best manner.

 20 And the multitude of people, carried away by the beauty of the work, took it now for a god that a little before was only honored as representing a man.

 21 And this was the occasion of deceiving human life, for people serving either their affection, or their kings, gave the incommunicable name to stones and wood.

 22 And it was not enough for them to err about the knowledge of God, but whereas they lived in a great war of ignorance, they call so many and so great evils peace.

 23 For either they sacrifice their own children, or use hidden sacrifices, or made revellings with strange rituals,

 24 so that now they neither keep life, nor marriage undefiled, but one kills another through envy, or grieves the other by adultery.

 25 And there reigned among all men without exception, blood, murder, theft and dissimulation, corruption and unfaithfulness, tumults and perjury, disquieting of the good of men,

 26 forgetfulness of good deeds, defiling of souls, changing of nature [homosexuality], disorder in marriage, adultery, and shameless uncleanness.

 27 For the worship of abominable idols is the cause, and the beginning and end of all evil. [The love of money, (which is idolatry), is the root of all evil. But in Jeremiah:16:11-12, the Jews are told that for a man to walk after the imagination of his own heart and mind is worse than worshipping stone or wooden idols.]

 28 For either they are mad when they are merry, or they prophesy lies, or they live unjustly, or easily forswear themselves.

 29 For while they trust in idols, which are without life, though they swear amiss, they look not to be hurt.

 30 But for two things they shall be justly punished: because they have thought not well of God, giving heed to idols, and because they have sworn unjustly, in guile despising justice.

 31 For it is not the power of them, by whom they swear, but the just vengeance of sinners always punishes the transgression of the unjust.

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