“The worship of idols
Not to be named
Is the beginning of every evil.
It is the cause of every evil.
It is the end of every evil.
Their worshipers either rave in exultation,
Or prophesy lies,
Or live unrighteously,
Or readily commit perjury.
Because they trust in lifeless idols
They swear wicked oaths.
They expect to suffer no harm.”
The worship of these unnamed idols (ἀνωνύμων εἰδώλων) is the beginning (ἀρχὴ ) and end (πέρας ) of all evil. This worship is the cause of every evil thing. They worship in rave exultation. They prophesize lies. They live unrighteous lives. They commit perjury. They trust in lifeless idols, so that they swear wicked oaths, yet expect to suffer no harm.