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Idol: 1. Heb. aven, "nothingness;" "vanity" (Isaiah 66:3; 41:29; Deuteronomy 32:21)

(1 Kings 16:13; Psalms 31:6; Jeremiah 8:19) etc.

2. 'Elil, "a thing of naught" (Psalms 97:7; Isaiah 19:3) a word of contempt, used of the gods of Noph (Ezekiel 30:13)

3. 'Emah, "terror," in allusion to the hideous form of idols

(Jeremiah 50:38)

4. Miphletzeth, "a fright;" "horror" (1 Kings 15:13; 2 Chronicles 15:16)

5. Bosheth, "shame;" "shameful thing" (Jeremiah 11:13; Hosea 9:10) as characterizing the obscenity of the worship of Baal.

6. Gillulim, also a word of contempt, "dung;" "refuse" (Ezekiel 16:36; 20:8; Deuteronomy 29:17) marg.

7. Shikkuts, "filth;" "impurity" (Ezekiel 37:23; Nahum 3:6)

8. Semel, "likeness;" "a carved image" (Deuteronomy 4:16)

9. Tselem, "a shadow" (Daniel 3:1; 1 Samuel 6:5) as distinguished from the "likeness," or the exact counterpart.

10. Temunah, "similitude" (Deuteronomy 4:12-19) Here Moses forbids the several forms of Gentile idolatry.

11. 'Atsab, "a figure;" from the root "to fashion," "to labour;" denoting that idols are the result of man's labour (Isaiah 48:5)

(Psalms 139:24) "wicked way;" literally, as some translate, "way of an idol".

12. Tsir, "a form;" "shape" (Isaiah 45:16)

Matztzebah, a "statue" set up (Jeremiah 43:13) a memorial stone like that erected by Jacob (Genesis 28:18; 31:45; 35:14,20) by Joshua (Joshua 4:9) and by Samuel (1 Samuel 7:12) It is the name given to the statues of Baal (2 Kings 3:2; 10:27)

14. Hammanim, "sun-images." Hamman is a synonym of Baal, the sun-god of the Phoenicians (2 Chronicles 34:4,7; 14:3,5; Isaiah 17:8)

15. Maskith, "device" (Leviticus 26:1; Numbers 33:52) In (Leviticus 26:1) the words "image of stone" (A.V.) denote "a stone or cippus with the image of an idol, as Baal, Astarte, etc." In (Ezekiel 8:12) "chambers of imagery" (maskith), are "chambers of which the walls are painted with the figures of idols;" (Ezekiel 8:10-11)

16. Pesel, "a graven" or "carved image" (Isaiah 44:10-20) It denotes also a figure cast in metal (Deuteronomy 7:25; 27:15; Isaiah 40:19; 44:10)

17. Massekah, "a molten image" (Deuteronomy 9:12; Judges 17:3,4)

18. Teraphim, pl., "images," family gods (penates) worshipped by Abram's kindred (Joshua 24:14) Put by Michal in David's bed (Judges 17:5; 18:14,17,18,20; 1 Samuel 19:13) "Nothing can be more instructive and significant than this multiplicity and variety of words designating the instruments and inventions of idolatry."

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