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We nowhere meet with the name of this idol in the sacred Scriptures but in one place, and that is in Stephen's address before the Sanhedrim. (Acts 7:43) And in this very passage which Stephen is quoting, it is from the writings of the prophet Amos 5:25-26 -but it is remarkable that Stephen doth not quote it as the original is, or even the translation, but in the place of Chiun substitutes Remphan. However it is very evident, from the name of Moloch, and the days of Amos's ministry what species of idolatry it was to which the whole referred. If the reader will look at a passage much about the same period, 2 Kings 17:29-30, he will find that the fashion of the day respecting idolatry was at the height. "Every nation, (we are told,) made gods of their own." The men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth; and the men of Cush made Nergal; and the men of Hamath made Ashima; and the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak; and the Sepharvites burnt their children in the fire to Adrammelech, and Anammalach, the gods of Sepharvaim. It is probable that Adram, and Anam, or On, were the ancient idols of Egypt: Potipherah was the priest of the latter. (Genesis 41:45) What an awful portrait of human depravity doth the whole afford! See Succothbenoth. See Moloch.

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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'Remphan'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. London. 1828.

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