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Israelites are decapitating their sons and daughters as part of a
heathen sacrifice.The large figure on the right stands with a scourge
and shield with twelve studs. And they sacrificed their sons:
and their daughters to devils. This episode in the psalm is not
mentioned previously in the Old Testament. The shield is the breastplate
of judgement, set with twelve studs for the twelve tribes of Israel
(Exodus 28: 15-21). The scourge was a particular punishment for adultery
(Leviticus 19:20) with a bondservant and idolarty was a spiritual
form of adultery.
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