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

  • Mike
    The law points to Christ,man does not have the ability to be justified under the law.
  • 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!

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