Idols and Idolatry

The is a subsidiary post of The Deeds of the Flesh Versus the Fruit of the Spirit.

Subsidiary post:  Idolaters

Related post:  Gods

The NASB site shows only four verses in which the word “idolatry” occurs, and one verse in which “idolatries” occurs.  All five of them are included below.

Acts 7:39-43 (quoting Exodus 32:1, 23 and Amos 5:25-27)  –  “…SAYING TO AARON, ‘MAKE FOR US GODS WHO WILL GO BEFORE US; FOR THIS MOSES WHO LED US OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT–WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM.’  At that time they made a calf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.  But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘IT WAS NOT TO ME THAT YOU OFFERED VICTIMS AND SACRIFICES FORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS, WAS IT, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL?  YOU ALSO TOOK ALONG THE TABERNACLE OF MOLOCH AND THE STAR OF THE GOD ROMPHA, THE IMAGES WHICH YOU MADE TO WORSHIP. I ALSO WILL REMOVE YOU BEYOND BABYLON.'”

Acts 17:16, 23, 29  –  “…he was observing the city full of idols…’while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship…we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man‘.”

1 Corinthians 10:7  –  “Do not be idolaters…”

1 Corinthians 10:14  –  “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”

1 Corinthians 10:19    “What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?”

1 Corinthians 10:28  –  “But if anyone says to you, “This is meat sacrificed to idols,” do not eat it…”

1 Corinthians 12:2  –  “you were led astray to the mute idols”  –  The 1977 NASB has “dumb” in the place of “mute.”

2 Corinthians 6:16  –  “Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?…”

Galatians 5:20  –  “…idolatry…”  –  Listed among “the deeds of the flesh” (The Deeds of the Flesh and the Fruit of the Spirit).

Colossians 3:5  –  “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.”

1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10  –  “…and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God…”

1 Peter 4:3  –  “For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.”

1 John 5:21  –  “…guard yourselves from idols.”


1 Samuel 15:23  – “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry…”

Psalm 115:4-8  –  The idols cannot speak.

Psalm 135:15-18  –  Like Psalm 115:4-8 above.

Isaiah 57:13  –  “When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you…”


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