Matthew 15:4

For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For God commaunded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: And hee that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For God said, 'HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,' and, 'HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For God said, Honor thy father and thy mother: and, He that speaketh evil of father or mother, let him die the death.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For God said, Give honour to your father and mother: and, He who says evil of father or mother will be put to death.
- Basic English Bible

For God commanded saying, Honour father and mother; and, He that speaks ill of father or mother, let him die the death.
- Darby Bible

For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
- Webster's Bible

For God said, `Honour thy father and thy mother'; and `Let him who reviles father or mother be certainly put to death';
- Weymouth Bible

For God commanded, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.'
- World English Bible

For God seide, Honoure thi fadir and thi modir, and he that cursith fadir or modir, die bi deeth.
- Wycliffe Bible

for God did command, saying, Honour thy father and mother; and, He who is speaking evil of father or mother -- let him die the death;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 15:4


15:4 Honour thy father and mother - Which implies all such relief as they stand in need of. #Exod 20:12|; 21:17.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 15:4


Mt 15:4 For God commanded. See Ex 21:17. He that curseth, etc. The Ten Commandments promised long life to those who honored father and mother (Ex 20:12 De 5:16). Here the Lord quotes the punishment of dishonoring them. (See also Le 20:9.) On nothing did Moses insist more than respect for parents.

Discussion for Matthew 15

  • Insight777
    Jesus referred to dogs because dogs faithfully follow their master regardless of what their master thinks. Some masters take advantage of dogs loyalty, these dog fighters beat the dogs until they learn to fight, to death so that they can turn a profit from the fight. Jesus knew that the woman asking for help was not his follower, her beliefs were not what Jesus taught yet she converted to truth.
  • Wayne
    Jo Ann, talk to the Holy Ghost and ask for clarity of scriptures. We are told to do so. And He will show you the word. He will not put you down for your lack of understanding but will lift you up. He is our Comforter.
  • Dee
    i think i can help! try this::So you have made the word of God invalid because of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites, Isaiah aptly prophesied about you when he said: 8 ˜This people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far removed from me. 9 It is in vain that they keep worshiping me, for they teach commands of men as doctrines.
  • Brian
    Hi Jo-an,
    Is there a particular verse that you are having trouble with or just the Bible in general? Not sure how to help without knowing where the problem rests. but I'd love to help you out if I can.
    God bless you in Jesus name :)
    Brian
  • Judy
    Do not try so hard, but pray about the passage that worries you. Sometimes, we are not ready to understand and sometimes you have to take what is written by faith, until the time is right for you to understand. It is in God's time, not ours. Be kind to yourself and trust in our Lord.
  • Jo-An
    I am having a very hard time understanding what Jesus is telling us. Believe me I am trying so hard but, i AM NOT UNDERSTANDING WHAT I AM READING. Please try to help me. When I get done reading all of the above I sit and think about what I have read and I meditate but I am getting no where. Please try to hep me because I love the lord but I need true understanding.

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