Exodus 20:5

“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thou shalt not bow downe thy selfe to them, nor serue them: For I the Lord thy God am a iealous God, visiting the iniquitie of the fathers vpon the children, vnto the thirde and fourth generation of them that hate me:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them, for I Jehovah thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate me,
- American Standard Version (1901)

You may not go down on your faces before them or give them worship: for I, the Lord your God, am a God who will not give his honour to another; and I will send punishment on the children for the wrongdoing of their fathers, to the third and fourth generation of my haters;
- Basic English Bible

thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; for I, Jehovah thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons to the third and to the fourth [generation] of them that hate me,
- Darby Bible

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
- Webster's Bible

you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them, for I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me,
- World English Bible

Thou dost not bow thyself to them, nor serve them: for I, Jehovah thy God, [am] a zealous God, charging iniquity of fathers on sons, on the third [generation], and on the fourth, of those hating Me,
- Youngs Literal Bible

thou shalt not bow down unto them, nor serve them; for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Exodus 20

  • Jean
    I try to do the works of the LORD ACCORDING TO HIS WORDS.I CAN'T UNDERSTAND IF GOD SAYS FOR HIS PEOPLE TO GO TO CHURCH ON THE SEVENTH DAY WHY SO MANY PEOPLE DISOBEY HIM AND GO ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK
    WONDERING.
  • Patricia
    The Laws of God hold true to all generations ushering us into Grace and Mercy. Lord let me have nothing in my life lifted up as a god.
  • 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.
  • 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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