Ezekiel 8:14

Hebrew Bible

12 He said to me, “Do you see, son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each in the chamber of his idolatrous images? For they think, ‘The Lord does not see us! The Lord has abandoned the land!’” 13 He said to me, “You will see them practicing even greater abominations!” 14 Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the Lord’s house. I noticed women sitting there weeping for Tammuz. 15 He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see even greater abominations than these!” 16 Then he brought me to the inner court of the Lord’s house. Right there at the entrance to the Lord’s temple, between the porch and the altar, were about 25 men with their backs to the Lord’s temple, facing east—they were worshiping the sun toward the east!

Letter of Jeremiah 1:32


30 For how can they be called gods? Women serve meals for gods of silver and gold and wood; 31 and in their temples the priests sit with their clothes torn, their heads and beards shaved, and their heads uncovered. 32 They howl and shout before their gods as some do at a funeral banquet. 33 The priests take some of the clothing of their gods to clothe their wives and children. 34 Whether one does evil to them or good, they will not be able to repay it. They cannot set up a king or depose one.

 Notes and References

"... A special plea seems to be entered in relation to contemporary conduct towards the dead. Though from a literary point of view our author is dependent upon Ahikar directly for 4:17, yet it is quite clear that he is inculcating an actual religious practice. In fact, at the time our author lived, it would appear to have been a subject of considerable dispute as to whether such offerings were right and proper and a matter of duty (compare Sirach 7:33; Job 4:17) or whether they were definitely to be excluded by Judaism and its adherents (Sirach 30:18, 19; Epistle of Jeremiah 31, 32; Wisdom of Solomon 14:15, 19:3; Sibylline Oracles 8:382-384). At the time when Jubilees 22:17 was written they were apparently regarded as characteristic of the Gentiles ..."

Charles, R. H. The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament (p. 198) Oxford University Press, 1913

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