They sacrificed to devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
I. The devil of SENSUALITY. This includes intemperance, debauchery, and the gratification of all the lower animal appetites. Do not men everywhere sacrifice intellect, genius, time, money, health, and even life itself at its infernal shrine?
II. The devil of AVARICE. Greed of gain, desire for wealth, is the inspiration of millions in this mercenary age. Truth, honesty, conscience, self-respect, moral freedom, peace, and honour are all sacrificed to this grim deity.
III. The devil of VANITY. Love of show, desire for popular applause. Fortunes are sacrificed to this devil.
IV. The devil of SECTARIANISM. A greater devil than this can scarcely be found. To it men sacrifice truth, charity, moral nobleness.
Parallel VersesKJV: They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.