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(from Gk. eidolon, “image of a god,” and latreia, “worship”). 1. Idol worship; worship of a false god instead of, or besides, the true God.* It may take various forms.

One may commit idolatry without really knowing the true God (Gl 4:8), or knowing Him, turning from Him to idolatry (2 K 17:7–18; gross, or coarse, idolatry).

2. Some presume to know and worship the true God but at the same time to worship 1 or more other gods (2 K 17:33; Is 42:8; 48:11).

3. The least apparent form of idolatry (fine idolatry) is to fear, love, or trust in anyone or anything else as we should fear, love, and trust in God alone, Mt 10:28, 37; Pr 3:5.

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