HenryWSC 49

Matthew Henry’s Westminster Shorter Catechism Commentary on Question 49

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Does this commandment forbid the making of images for a religious use? Yes: Cursed be the man that maketh any graven image,
Deut. 27:15
. Does it forbid the making an image of what is in heaven above? Yes: Lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, shouldst be driven to worship them,
Deut. 4:19
. Or on earth, beneath? Yes: As they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox,
Ps. 106:20
. Or in the waters under the earth? Yes: As they made the likeness of creeping things,
Rom. 1:23
Does it forbid us to bow down to them? Yes: Shall I bow down to the stock of a tree?
Isa. 44:19
. Or to worship them? Yes: Thou shall worship no other God,
Ex. 34:14
. Or to show any respect to them? I will take away the names of Baalim out of their mouth,
Hos. 2:17
. Was it requisite this commandment should be thus enlarged? Yes: Precept must be upon precept, and line upon line,
Isa. 28:10
. And that it should be backed with many reasons? Yes: for they are mad upon their idols,
Jer. 50:38
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