Exodus 20:12

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy dayes may bee long vpon the land, which the Lord thy God giueth thee.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Give honour to your father and to your mother, so that your life may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
- Basic English Bible

Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be prolonged in the land that Jehovah thy God giveth thee.
- Darby Bible

Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
- Webster's Bible

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.
- World English Bible

`Honour thy father and thy mother, so that thy days are prolonged on the ground which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:12


20:12 We have here the laws of the second table, as they are commonly called; the six last commandments which concern our duty to ourselves, and one another, and are a comment upon the second great commandment, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. As religion towards God is, an essential branch of universal righteousness, so righteousness towards men is an essential branch of true religion: godliness and honesty must go together. The fifth commandment is concerning the duties we owe to our relations; that of children to their parents is only instanced in, honour thy father and thy mother, which includes, an inward esteem of them, outwardly expressed upon all occasions in our carriage towards them; fear them, #Lev 19:3|, give them reverence, #Heb 12:9|. The contrary to this is mocking at them or despising them, Obedience to their lawful commands; so it is expounded, #Eph 6:1 |- 3. Children obey your parents; come when they call you, go where they send you, do what they bid you, do not what they forbid you; and this chearfully, and from a principle of love. Though you have said you will not, yet afterwards repent and obey. Submission to their rebukes, instructions and corrections, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. Disposing of themselves with the advice, direction and consent of parents, not alienating their property, but with their approbation. Endeavouring in every thing to be the comfort of their parents, and to make their old age easy to them; maintaining them if they stand in need of support. That thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee - This promise, (which is often literally fulfilled) is expounded in a more general sense #Eph 6:3|. That it may be well with thee, and thou mayst live long on the earth - Those that in conscience towards God keep this and other of God's commandments, may be sure it shall be well with them, and they shall live as long on the earth as infinite wisdom sees good for, them, and what they may seem to be cut short of on earth, shall be abundantly made up in eternal life, the heavenly Canaan which God will give them.


Discussion for Exodus 20

  • Irene123
    To Coral G. Brown - As to the 'words' in Ex. ch. 20 - It says 'kill'. Now you need to go to Num. ch. 35. It tells ALL about accidental and intentional 'killing' and 'murder'.
  • Steve morrow
    law

    2 timothy 2:24 and the servant of the LORD must not strive but be gentle unto all men apt to teach patient

    can we love our neighbours if we kill them or murder them --- can we then be harmless or gentle to them if we kill them

    romans 13:14 but put you on the LORD JESUS CHRIST and make not provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof /love your enemies do good to them which hate you
  • Steve morrow
    matthew 10:16 behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves be you therefore wise as serpants and harmless as doves

    luke 3:14 and the soldiers likewise demanded of HIM saying and what shall we do and HE said unto them do violence to no man neither accuse any falsely and be content with your wages

    romans 13:10 love worketh no ill to his neighbor therefore love is the fulfilling of the
  • Karl
    to Coral - it is confusing isn't it? Not just the question regarding the translation from Hebrew, but also that specific commandment. My take on it is they're both right, the KJV translation is reverentially accurate, not always perfectly literal but reverentially correct. The second part of your question, tough one, the answer can only be distilled from the entire text of the bible - any help?
  • Coral g. brown
    Is it thou shall not kill or is it thou shall not murder. There is a very distinct difference. King James version says kill. Niv version says murder. Many people's lives were ended during the displacement of people occupying the land God had chosen for his people. Were they killed or murdered ?
  • Gichuru
    to keep GOD "s law it is very good.also to the sabbath holy.