My people ask counsel of their idols of wood, and their staff advises unto them: for the spirit of harlotry has caused them to err, and they have played the harlot against their God.
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Athanasius the Apostolic
then asked, “Who are you who say such things to me? And at once he [the demonic voice] uttered a contemptible speech: ‘I am a lover of fornication; I have undertaken to ensnare the young and to entice them to it, and I am called the spirit of fornication. How many I have deceived who wished to be chaste! How many who practiced selfrestraint have I by my seductions persuaded to change! I am he on whose account the prophet reproaches the fallen, saying, “You have been deceived by the spirit of fornication,” for through me they were tripped up. I am he who often troubled you but whom you as often overthrew.’ ” Life of St.