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graven image

An image of an idol, especially a carving or sculpture, that one worships (something that was expressly forbidden in the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God). Many residents have described the statues as graven images of the country's sordid past issues of slavery and racism.
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a graven image

a carved representation of a god used as an object of worship.
This expression is from the second of the Ten Commandments: ‘Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image’ (Exodus 20:4).
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To be clear, the injunction against graven images is actually the second commandment for Jewish, Anglican, Greek, and most Reformed traditions, who count our first commandment as two and make up the difference by counting our last two "coveting" commandments as one.
In the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:4 says "You shall not make for yourself a graven image." Lutherans do not even mention this verse when we list the commandments.
Numa forbade the use of any graven image in the worship of God, a practice that seems to have persisted for more than a century after his death.
In the first instalment, Burns' Heir, nuclear plant owner, Mr Burns, is looking for a child to mould in his graven image - step up Bart Simpson.
Hurowitz, "Make Yourself a Graven Image," Beit Mikra 40 (143) (5755): 337-47 (Hebrew).
The second commandment, in short form, reads: "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image." But in the Bible it goes on: "or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them." While there are many interpretations of these directives by various religious factions, let's assume the simplest meaning: "Don't make images of anything and don't worship images of anything." Now why should this be the second most important moral principle for all humanity to follow?
When we focus on the positive statement such as Worship the Lord your God, (Chapter 21) and not on the negative statement of Thou shalt not bow down to any graven image, we create a mindset of Yes, I can do this, rather than No, I cannot.
With Paul Lewis on piano, the orchestra will reprise two-thirds of their recent programme at the BBC Proms at the Albert Hall: Kenneth Hesketh's Graven Image, which premiered at the Proms, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 2, alongside Prokofiev's Symphony No 5.
Exploration of time is a theme of this year's Proms, evidence provided here by the central hypnotic melancholy of the Rachmaninov Dances (his last work), and in Graven Image, Hesketh's 15- minute tug o' war between mortality and the beyond.
By drawing the viewer into the work, the painting becomes not a graven image but a living one that recreates the real-life experience through artistic space.
Thou shalt take for thyself a graven image of the Queen Mum - behold there is already plenty of remembrance tat on sale in Oxford Street.
Mettinger, No Graven Image? [Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1995]); family religion (K.
The programme opened with a world premiere - a soul-searching piece entitled Graven Image by Kenneth Hesketh, the Phil's composer in the house.
It's NOT against the law to have or worship other gods, or make a graven image or take the Lord's name in vain.