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Genesis 31:19, 34-35Bible quote(verse 19) And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that [were] her father's.

(verse 34) Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found [them] not.

(verse 35) And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women [is] upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.Genesis 31 verses 19, 34-35
, Exodus 20:4Bible quoteThou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth.Exodus 20 verse 4, Exodus 23:24Bible quoteThou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.Exodus 23 verse 24, Exodus 32:16Bible quoteAnd the tables [were] the work of God, and the writing [was] the writing of God, graven upon the tables.Exodus 32 verse 16, Exodus 34:13Bible quoteBut ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves.Exodus 34 verse 13, Exodus 39:6Bible quoteBut ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves.Exodus 39 verse 6, Leviticus 26:1, 30Bible quote(verse 1) Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up [any] image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I [am] the LORD your God.

(verse 30) And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.Leviticus 26 verses 1, 30
, Numbers 33:52Bible quoteThen ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places.Numbers 33 verse 52, Deuteronomy 4:16, 23Bible quote(verse 16) Lest ye corrupt [yourselves], and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,

(verse 23) Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, [or] the likeness of any [thing], which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.Deuteronomy 4 verses 16, 23
, Deuteronomy 5:8Bible quoteThou shalt not make thee [any] graven image, [or] any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the waters beneath the earth:Deuteronomy 5 verse 8, Deuteronomy 7:5, 25Bible quote(verse 5) But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.

(verse 25) The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold [that is] on them, nor take [it] unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it [is] an abomination to the LORD thy God.Deuteronomy 7 verses 5, 25
, Deuteronomy 12:3Bible quoteAnd ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.Deuteronomy 12 verse 3, Deuteronomy 27:15Bible quoteCursed [be] the man that maketh [any] graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth [it] in [a] secret [place]. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.Deuteronomy 27 verse 15

Judges 17:3Bible quoteAnd when he had restored the eleven hundred [shekels] of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.Judges 17 verse 3, Judges 18:14, 17, 20, 30-31Bible quote(verse 14) Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said unto their brethren, Do ye know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what ye have to do.

(verse 17) And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, [and] came in thither, [and] took the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men [that were] appointed with weapons of war.

(verse 20) And the priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people.

(verse 30) And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.

(verse 31) And they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.Judges 18 verses 14, 17, 20, 30-31
, 1 Samuel 6:5, 11Bible quote(verse 5) Wherefore ye shall make images of your emerods, and images of your mice that mar the land; and ye shall give glory unto the God of Israel: peradventure he will lighten his hand from off you, and from off your gods, and from off your land.

(verse 11) And they laid the ark of the LORD upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold and the images of their emerods.1 Samuel 6 verses 5, 11
, 2 Samuel 5:21Bible quoteAnd there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.2 Samuel 5 verse 21, 1 Kings 14:9, 23Bible quote(verse 9) But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back:

(verse 23) For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.1 Kings 14 verse 9, 23
, 2 Kings 10:26Bible quoteAnd they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal, and burned them.2 Kings 10 verse 26, 2 Kings 11:18Bible quoteAnd all the people of the land went into the house of Baal, and brake it down; his altars and his images brake they in pieces thoroughly, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest appointed officers over the house of the LORD.2 Kings 11 verse 18, 2 Kings 17:10, 16, 41Bible quote(verse 10) And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:

(verse 16) And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, [even] two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

(verse 41) So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children's children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.2 Kings 17 verses 10, 16, 41
, 2 Kings 18:4Bible quoteHe removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.2 Kings 18 verse 4, 2 Kings 21:7Bible quoteAnd he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever.2 Kings 21 verse 7, 2 Kings 23:14Bible quoteAnd he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.2 Kings 23 verse 14

2 Chronicles 14:3, 5Bible quote(verse 3) For he took away the altars of the strange [gods], and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:

(verse 5) Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.2 Chronicles 14 verses 3, 5
, 2 Chronicles 23:17Bible quoteThen all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it down, and brake his altars and his images in pieces, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.2 Chronicles 23 verse 17, 2 Chronicles 28:2Bible quoteFor he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim.2 Chronicles 28 verse 2, 2 Chronicles 31:1Bible quoteNow when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.2 Chronicles 31 verse 1, 2 Chronicles 33:19, 22Bible quote(verse 19) His prayer also, and [how God] was intreated of him, and all his sin, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they [are] written among the sayings of the seers.

(verse 22) But he did [that which was] evil in the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made, and served them.2 Chronicles 33 verses 19, 22
, 2 Chronicles 34:3-4, 7Bible quote(verse 3) For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.

(verse 4) And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that [were] on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust [of them], and strowed [it] upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.

(verse 7) And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.2 Chronicles 34 verse 3-4, 7
, Job 19:24Bible quoteThat they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!Job 19 verse 24, Psalms 78:58Bible quoteFor they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.Psalms 78 verse 58, Psalms 97:7Bible quoteConfounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all [ye] gods.Psalms 97 verse 7

Isaiah 10:10Bible quoteAs my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria.Isaiah 10 verse 10, Isaiah 17:8Bible quoteAnd he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect [that] which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.Isaiah 17 verse 8, Isaiah 21:9Bible quoteAnd, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, [with] a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.Isaiah 21 verse 9, Isaiah 27:9Bible quoteBy this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this [is] all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.Isaiah 27 verse 9, Isaiah 30:22Bible quoteYe shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.Isaiah 30 verse 22, Isaiah 40:19-20Bible quote(verse 19) The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.

(verse 20) He that [is] so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree [that] will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, [that] shall not be moved.Isaiah 40:19-20
, Isaiah 41:29Bible quoteBehold, they [are] all vanity; their works [are] nothing: their molten images [are] wind and confusion.Isaiah 41 verse 29, Isaiah 42:8, 17Bible quote(verse 8) I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

(verse 17) They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye [are] our gods.Isaiah 42 verses 8, 17
, Isaiah 44:9-10, 15, 17Bible quote(verse 9) They that make a graven image [are] all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they [are] their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

(verse 10) Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image [that] is profitable for nothing?

(verse 15) Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth [it], and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth [it]; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.

(verse 17) And the residue thereof he maketh a god, [even] his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth [it], and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou [art] my god.Isaiah 44 verses 9-10, 15, 17
, Isaiah 45:20Bible quoteAssemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye [that are] escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god [that] cannot save.Isaiah 45 verse 20, Isaiah 48:5Bible quoteI have even from the beginning declared [it] to thee; before it came to pass I shewed [it] thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.Isaiah 48 verse 5, Isaiah 49:16Bible quoteBehold, I have graven thee upon the palms of [my] hands; thy walls [are] continually before me.Isaiah 49 verse 16

Jeremiah 8:19Bible quoteBehold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: [Is] not the LORD in Zion? [is] not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, [and] with strange vanities?Jeremiah 8 verse 19, Jeremiah 10:14Bible quoteEvery man is brutish in [his] knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image [is] falsehood, and [there is] no breath in them.Jeremiah 10 verse 14, Jeremiah 17:1Bible quoteThe sin of Judah [is] written with a pen of iron, [and] with the point of a diamond: [it is] graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars.Jeremiah 17 verse 1, Jeremiah 43:13Bible quoteHe shall break also the images of Bethshemesh, that [is] in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of the Egyptians shall he burn with fire.Jeremiah 43 verse 13, Jeremiah 50:2, 38Bible quote(verse 2) Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, [and] conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.

(verse 38) A drought [is] upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it [is] the land of graven images, and they are mad upon [their] idols.Jeremiah 50 verses 2, 38
, Jeremiah 51:17, 47, 52Bible quote(verse 17) Every man is brutish by [his] knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image [is] falsehood, and [there is] no breath in them.

(verse 47) Therefore, behold, the days come, that I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon: and her whole land shall be confounded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.

(verse 52) Wherefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will do judgment upon her graven images: and through all her land the wounded shall groan.Jeremiah 51 verses 17, 47, 52
, Ezekiel 6:4, 6Bible quote(verse 4) And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain [men] before your idols.

(verse 6) In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.Ezekiel 6 verses 4, 6
, Ezekiel 7:20Bible quoteAs for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations [and] of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them.Ezekiel 7 verse 20, Ezekiel 16:17Bible quoteThou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them.Ezekiel 16 verse 17, Ezekiel 21:21Bible quoteFor the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made [his] arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.Ezekiel 21 verse 21, Ezekiel 23:14Bible quoteAnd [that] she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion.Ezekiel 23:14 , Ezekiel 30:13Bible quoteThus saith the Lord GOD; I will also destroy the idols, and I will cause [their] images to cease out of Noph; and there shall be no more a prince of the land of Egypt: and I will put a fear in the land of Egypt.Ezekiel 30 verse 13

Hosea 10:2Bible quoteTheir heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.Hosea 10 verse 2, Hosea 11:2Bible quote[As] they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.Hosea 11:2 , Hosea 13:2Bible quoteAnd now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, [and] idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.Hosea 13 verse 2, Amos 5:26Bible quoteBut ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.Amos 5 verse 26, Micah 1:7Bible quoteAnd all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered [it] of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.Micah 1 verse 7, Micah 5:13Bible quoteThy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.Micah 5 verse 13, Nahum 1:14Bible quoteAnd the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, [that] no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.Nahum 1 verse 14, Habakkuk 2:18Bible quoteWhat profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?Habakkuk 2 verse 18, Acts 17:29Bible quoteForasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.Acts 17 verse 29


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