Exodus 20:7

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vaine: for the Lord will not holde him guiltlesse, that taketh his Name in vaine.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Thou shalt not take the name of Jehovah thy God in vain; for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You are not to make use of the name of the Lord your God for an evil purpose; whoever takes the Lord's name on his lips for an evil purpose will be judged a sinner by the Lord
- Basic English Bible

Thou shalt not idly utter the name of Jehovah thy God; for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that idly uttereth his name.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

You shall not take the name of Yahweh your God in vain, for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
- World English Bible

`Thou dost not take up the name of Jehovah thy God for a vain thing, for Jehovah acquitteth not him who taketh up His name for a vain thing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:7


20:7 The third commandment is concerning the manner of our worship; Where we have, [1.] A strict prohibition. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain - Supposing that, having taken Jehovah for their God, they would make mention of his name, this command gives a caution not to mention it in vain, and it is still as needful as ever. We take God's name in vain, First, By hypocrisy, making profession of God's name, but not living up to that profession. Secondly, By covenant breaking. If we make promises to God, and perform not to the Lord our vows, we take his name in vain. Thirdly, By rash swearing, mentioning the name of God, or any of his attributes, in the form of an oath, without any just occasion for it, but to no purpose, or to no good purpose. Fourthly, By false - swearing, which some think is chiefly intended in the letter of the commandment. Fifthly, By using the name of God lightly and carelessly. The profanation of the form of devotion is forbidden, as well as the profanation of the forms of swearing; as also, the profanation of any of those things whereby God makes himself known. For the Lord will not hold him guiltless - Magistrates that punish other offences, may not think themselves concerned to take notice of this; but God, who is jealous for his honour, will not connive at it. The sinner may perhaps hold himself guiltless, and think there is no harm in it; to obviate which suggestion, the threatening is thus expressed, God will not hold him guiltless - But more is implied, that God will himself be the avenger of those that take his name in vain; and they will find it a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.


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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