Tractate Sanhedrin, Herbert Danby tr. , at sacred-texts.com
6. In a case of idolatry it is all one whether a man worship, sacrifice, offer incense, or pour out
M.libations; or whether he bow himself down, accept it as a god, or say to it "Thou art my God." But he who puts his arm round it, kisses, sweeps, 1 besprinkles, washes, anoints, clothes, or shoes it breaks a negative commandment. 2 He who makes a vow in its name, and keeps it in its name, breaks a negative commandment; so also does he who excretes 3 to Ba’al Pe’or--for such is his cult, and he who tosses a stone on a merkolis 4--for such is its cult.
99:1 C reads "sifts (?), embraces."
99:2 Cf. Exod. 20.; 23. 24; Deut. 5. 9.
99:3 Word-play on Pe’or. Cf. Isa. 5. 14; Psalm 119. 131, for meaning of root.
99:4 Mercurius, Hermes. A merkolis was a representation of the head of Hermes on the top of a square-shaped pillar, placed in prominent positions at cross-roads or boundaries. Passers-by signalized their homage to Hermes Enodios, the patron deity of the wayfarer, by throwing stones at it, gradually forming a cairn. Cf. Vulgate of Prov. 26. 8 and Aboda Zara, III. 7.
99:5 1 Kings 19. 18.