17 (A)They sacrificed to demons who were not God,
(B)To gods whom they have not known,
(C)New gods who came lately,
Whom your fathers did not dread.

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“We Will Serve the Lord

14 “Now, therefore, [a](A)fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and [b]truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the [c]River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Joshua 24:14 Or reverence
  2. Joshua 24:14 Or faithfulness
  3. Joshua 24:14 I.e. Euphrates

18 “Even when they (A)made for themselves
A calf of molten metal
And said, ‘This is your God
Who brought you up from Egypt,’
And committed great [a]blasphemies,
19 (B)You, in Your great compassion,
Did not forsake them in the wilderness;
(C)The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day,
To guide them on their way,
Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go.
20 (D)You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them,
Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth,
And You gave them water for their thirst.
21 “Indeed, (E)forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want;
Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell.

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Footnotes

  1. Nehemiah 9:18 Lit acts of contempt

42 But God (A)turned away and delivered them up to [a]serve the [b]host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘(B)It was not to Me that you offered victims and sacrifices (C)forty years in the wilderness, was it, O house of Israel? 43 (D)You also took along the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of the god [c]Rompha, the images which you made to worship. I also will remove you beyond Babylon.’

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 7:42 Or worship
  2. Acts 7:42 I.e. heavenly bodies
  3. Acts 7:43 Other mss spell it: Romphan, or Rempham, or Raiphan, or Rephan

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