Adultery and idolatry (Rom 2:22)

“You!

You forbid adultery!

Do you commit adultery?

You!

You abhor idols,

Do you rob temples?”

ὁ λέγων μὴ μοιχεύειν μοιχεύεις; ὁ βδελυσσόμενος τὰ εἴδωλα ἱεροσυλεῖς;

Paul continued with his comments to the Jews that they say (ὁ λέγων) no adultery (μὴ μοιχεύειν).  However, do they commit adultery (μοιχεύεις)? They abhor (ὁ βδελυσσόμενος) idols (τὰ εἴδωλα), yet do they rob temple (ἱεροσυλεῖς) idols?  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἱεροσυλεῖς, that means to rob a temple or commit a sacrilege.  Paul began to question the sincerity of the Jewish leaders.  They were against adultery and pagan idols.  Yet Paul asked them if they committed adultery or robbed temples of these same pagan idols.  Have you ever committed adultery?  Have you ever robbed a temple or church?

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