SACRILEGE (săk'rĭ-lĕj). The expression commit sacrilege, used once (
SACRILEGE (ἱαροσυλημα; the robbing of temples, violating the sacred).
The word occurs twice in the NT. The Ephesian shrine-makers, fearing a loss in income, warned against the desecration of the temple of Diana (
In Rom. law the term connoted the removal of a sacred object from a sacred place, and carried severe penalties. Cicero wrote: “Let him be treated as a parricide who steals or carries off ought sacred or what is entrusted to a sacred person” (De Legibus, ii, 9). In Ger. law the meaning was extended to cover the removal of a sacred object from any assigned place. In theit was viewed as a crime against both church and state, punishable by fines and even execution. The term in the narrower sense denoted the theft of any sacred object and in the broader, any injury or dishonor inflicted upon a sacred object or person.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
sak’-ri-lej: For "commit sacrilege" in