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These things ye call gods; these ye serve; these ye worship; and ye become altogether like to them.A stone, however, readily bears it, seeing it is insensible.Is not a second brass, in no way superior to those vessels which are constructed for our ordinary use? Is not a fourth silver, which needs a man to watch it, lest it be stolen? Is not a sixth earthenware, in no degree more valuable than that which is formed for the humblest purposes? Was not every one of them, before they were formed by the arts of these [workmen] into the shape of these [gods], each in its own way subject to change? And by those gifts which ye mean to present to them, do ye not, if they are possessed of sense, rather punish [than honour] them?
Is not one of them a stone similar to that on which we tread? Did not the sculptor fashion one of them, the brazier a second, the silversmith a third, and the potter a fourth? Do ye not much more mock and insult them, when ye worship those that are made of stone and earthenware, without appointing any persons to guard them; but those made of silver and gold ye shut up by night, and appoint watchers to look after them by day, lest they be stolen?The course of conduct which they follow has not been devised by any speculation or deliberation of inquisitive men; nor do they, like some, proclaim themselves the advocates of any merely human doctrines.