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ROBBERS OF TEMPLES
(hierosuloi, "guilty of sacrilege"): A term used by the town clerk of Ephesus (Acts 19:37, the King James Version "robbers of churches"). As the temple of Diana (Artemas) had a great treasure-chamber, the offense might not be unknown among them; compare Romans 2:22.
In 2 Maccabees 4:42 the King James Version the epithet "church-robber" (the Revised Version (British and American) "author of the sacrilege") is applied to LYSIMACHUS (which see).
tem'-p'lz (raqqah, "thinness," "upper cheeks"): The original signifies the thinnest part of the skull (Judges 4:21, 22; Judges 5:26). In Songs 4:3; Songs 6:7, the bride's cheeks are likened to pomegranates because of the rich coloring of a slice of this fruit.
TEMPLES, ROBBERS OF
(hierosuloi; the King James Version "robbers of churches," Acts 19:37): To explain this as "sacrilegious persons" is irreconcilable with the contrast in Romans 2:22. In Deuteronomy 7:25, the Jews were commanded entirely to destroy the gold and silver idols, ornaments of the heathen temples. The sin reproved is that of making that a matter of gain which, without regard to its value, they should have destroyed. "Dost thou, who regardest the mere touch of an idol as a horrible defilement, presume to rob their temples?" There is abundant evidence to show that this crime was not unusual. When the town-clerk of Ephesus declares the companions of Paul innocent of such charge, his words imply that the fact that they were Jews rendered them liable to such suspicion. So Josephus goes out of his way (Ant., IV, viii, 10) to deny that Jews ever committed the crime.
H. E. Jacobs
Temples (17 Occurrences)
Acts 7:48 However, the Most High doesn't dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says, (WEB KJV WBS)
Acts 17:24 The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn't dwell in temples made with hands, (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Acts 19:24 For a certain man by name Demetrius, a silver-beater, making silver temples of Artemis, brought no small gain to the artisans; (DBY)
Acts 19:37 For you have brought these men here, who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess. (WEB WEY ASV NAS NIV)
Romans 2:22 You who say a man shouldn't commit adultery. Do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? (WEB WEY ASV YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Leviticus 13:41 If his hair has fallen off from the front part of his head, he is forehead bald. He is clean. (See RSV)
Leviticus 19:27 "'You shall not cut the hair on the sides of your heads, neither shall you clip off the edge of your beard. (See RSV)
Judges 4:21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him, and struck the pin into his temples, and it pierced through into the ground; for he was in a deep sleep; so he swooned and died. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT)
Judges 4:22 Behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said to him, "Come, and I will show you the man whom you seek." He came to her; and behold, Sisera lay dead, and the tent peg was in his temples. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT)
Judges 5:26 She put her hand to the tent peg, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer. With the hammer she struck Sisera. She struck through his head. Yes, she pierced and struck through his temples. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS)
Song of Songs 4:3 Your lips are like scarlet thread. Your mouth is lovely. Your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind your veil. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS NIV)
Song of Songs 6:7 Your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind your veil. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS NIV)
Jeremiah 9:26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that have the corners of their hair cut off, who dwell in the wilderness; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart. (See NAS)
Jeremiah 43:12 I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them, and carry them away captive: and he shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd puts on his garment; and he shall go forth from there in peace. (See NAS RSV NIV)
Jeremiah 43:13 He shall also break the pillars of Beth Shemesh, that is in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of Egypt shall he burn with fire. (See NAS RSV NIV)
Hosea 8:14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof. (KJV DBY WBS YLT)
Joel 3:5 Because you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my finest treasures into your temples, (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)