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

  • SABBATH KEEPER 7th Day Of The Week not the 1st day of the week
    Revelation 22:14-15 “Blessed are they that do his Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”
  • Jeanie
    As it is very true that have to follow Gods 10 commandmends, that others di not. Yet some people who are not catholic jump on catholics for not obeying his commandment, but news flash so is the baptist, and many others who worship on sunday. in the new testment jesus worshiped on the sabbath. After he died all the apos. and dis. worship on the sabbath. God did not change the Sabbath, man did.
  • Augustine Debellotte
    The Law Of God is aLaw of Love to obey it is to show love 2 God and Love 2 Man 2 disobey it is 2 Sin against Him and against man but D power 2 obey must come from God Him self because we are sinners by nature and its not in us 2 do Good We must receive from Him A change of Heart and mind A new spirit B 4 we can give Him acceptable service
  • Robinah mbewe
    Lets follow jesus for ever
  • Shirely for verse 7
    Using Church or Religion as a whip, to guilt an individual or group of individuals, to serve the speakers or a specific group's personal agenda, is, to me, a form of taking the Almighty's name in vain.
  • AngelzBHere for verse 13
    It means, do not kill ANYTHING... Animals OR humans... We are all struggling souls have no idea of the misery torture we inflict by eating animals... Genesis 1:29-30 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of ALL the earth, and every tree,in that which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed to you it shall be for meat 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: And it was so...