But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them. Jer. 9:14.

But have walked after the imagination of their own heart. Than the which they could not have chosen a worse guide, since it is evil, “only evil,” and “continually” so:

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Gen. 6:5)

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The painting: Albrecht Altdorfer (c.1480–1538), Danube landscape near Regensburg c. 1528, one of the earliest Western pure landscapes, from the Danube School in southern Germany.

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