Exodus 20:17

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thou shalt not couet thy neighbours house, thou shalt not couet thy neighbours wife, nor his man seruant, nor his maid seruant, nor his oxe, nor his asse, nor any thing that is thy neighbours.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let not your desire be turned to your neighbour's house, or his wife or his man-servant or his woman-servant or his ox or his ass or anything which is his.
- Basic English Bible

Thou shalt not desire thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not desire thy neighbour's wife, nor his bondman, nor his handmaid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's.
- Darby Bible

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.
- Webster's Bible

You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
- World English Bible

`Thou dost not desire the house of thy neighbour, thou dost not desire the wife of thy neighbour, or his man-servant, or his handmaid, or his ox, or his ass, or anything which [is] thy neighbour's.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

(20:14) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:17


20:17 Thou shalt not covet - The foregoing commands implicitly forbid all desire of doing that which will be an injury to our neighbour, this forbids all inordinate desire of having that which will be a gratification to ourselves. O that such a man's house were mine! such a man's wife mine! such a man's estate mine! This is certainly the language of discontent at our own lot, and envy at our neighbour's, and these are the sins principally forbidden here. God give us all to see our face in the glass of this law, and to lay our hearts under the government of it!


Discussion for Exodus 20

  • Peter
    This, the commandments, of course is very important to me, and I believe that they are beneficial to health and of course to families, and societies. Each thing that God directs to me (that is in my opinion, even considered opinion] has benefits, all the way.
  • PETER
    Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. I can not understand why anyone would do that, but think that some Christians do; and i think that they should be aware of the chance that they take. Ver 12 is also so important for the young people and anyone who wants to live long.
  • Lynn
    Only Jesus kept the commandments perfectly. He alone was the perfect sacrifice for his children's sins. We cannot be perfect in the law for all have sinned. We keep the commandments for he first loved us, and when we sin he is just and faithful to forgive our sins.
  • Lu2677
    If a child of God is faced with the wishes of another person and their wishes go against the word of God it is not to be honored. God comes first.
  • John Cyrus
    Hello KJV Bible Authorities, I believe, your "Verse of the Day Inspirational Image" will be blessing to many. I would ask your permission to allow me to send this daily to my friends circle in WhatsApp. So that God may touch their hearts through His living Word!
  • Yogert
    Sometimes we have to live with parents who are non believers so it makes this law challenging but honoring them does not mean we have to agree with them, it means honor their wishes and if you find you have broken this rule, repent.

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