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But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

44:17 we will certainly do. How common it is—yet how tragic—for God’s people to compromise with the paganism of the world and then to try to justify it by reason of the worldly acceptance and prosperity which such participation often yields. The long-range danger of compromise is that the professing believer will also be involved in the ultimate sure judgment awaiting the ungodly. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,…the way of the ungodly shall perish” (Psalm 1:1,6).

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