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

  • 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...
  • Ambrose Okech for verse 4
    Verse 4 clearly talks about graven images and i'm getting a picture of how God detests such with a passion. Read on its own or in conjunction with other scriptures on graven images, it cannot escape one's notice that they are expressly forbiden. God is a jealous God. So where do catholics get their authority to form graven images and shamelessly place them conspicuously in their places of worship with impunity? Definitely not the bible!
  • Worshiper for verse 26
    I believe that Our Lord God is explaining to us how we should come to him in worship and prayers.God is explaining how to stand before him in purity, we have gotten so far away from the truth and how holy and pure God is we forget how amazing and holy and true God is and we don't realize that we cannot approach him any kind of way, so this scripture may be speaking of old biblical times but it also stands today. We need to have a Holy place were we meet with God in secret and make it our altar, A place where we go only to Worship our God and do nothing else. We should also follow these guidelines God has given us and make this place our altar. God Bless and have Mercy on us all. Amen

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