Hosea 4:12

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

AD 373
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.

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Staff. It was customary to use this mode of divination, (Ezechiel xxi. 21.) and likewise incense, ver. 13. Oak. These terms are variously rendered as the trees and stones mentioned in Scripture, will probably never be ascertained.


AD 420
The unclean spirit before had been in the synagogue and had led them into idolatry. Of him it is written, “The spirit of harlotry has led them astray.” The spirit had gone out of a man and was roaming in the dry places in search of a resting place and could find none. He took with him seven other demons and returned to his former dwelling place. All these spirits were in the synagogue and could not bear the presence of the Savior. Indeed, “what harmony is there between Christ and Belial?” Christ and Belial could not abide in the same assembly. “Now in their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, saying, ‘What have we to do with you?’ ” Who is asking, “What have we to do with you?” He is only one, but he cries out the recognition of many. He is aware that in his own defeat, his devils have been vanquished with him.

John Cassian

AD 435
“It is written in the law: ‘You shall not commit fornication.’ ” This is kept in a beneficial way according to the simple sound of the letter by the person who is still entangled in the passions of fleshly impurity. It is necessarily observed in spiritual fashion, however, by one who has already left behind this filthy behavior and impure disposition. This person also rejects not only all idolatrous ceremonies but also every superstition of the Gentiles and the observance of auguries and omens, and of all signs and days and times, and is certainly not engaged in the divination of particular words or names. [This] befouls the wholesomeness of our faith. Jerusalem is said to have been debauched by this fornication, having fornicated “on every high hill and under every green tree.” And the Lord, rebuking [Jerusalem], says by the prophet: “Let the astrologers stand and save you, who gazed on the stars and counted the months, so that from them they might announce the things that are to happ...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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