Exodus 20:12

“ Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy dayes may bee long vpon the land, which the Lord thy God giueth thee.”

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Other Translations

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
- King James Version

"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Give honour to your father and to your mother, so that your life may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
- Basic English Bible

Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be prolonged in the land that Jehovah thy God giveth thee.
- Darby Bible

Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
- Webster's Bible

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.
- World English Bible

`Honour thy father and thy mother, so that thy days are prolonged on the ground which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:12


20:12 We have here the laws of the second table, as they are commonly called; the six last commandments which concern our duty to ourselves, and one another, and are a comment upon the second great commandment, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. As religion towards God is, an essential branch of universal righteousness, so righteousness towards men is an essential branch of true religion: godliness and honesty must go together. The fifth commandment is concerning the duties we owe to our relations; that of children to their parents is only instanced in, honour thy father and thy mother, which includes, an inward esteem of them, outwardly expressed upon all occasions in our carriage towards them; fear them, #Lev 19:3|, give them reverence, #Heb 12:9|. The contrary to this is mocking at them or despising them, Obedience to their lawful commands; so it is expounded, #Eph 6:1 |- 3. Children obey your parents; come when they call you, go where they send you, do what they bid you, do not what they forbid you; and this chearfully, and from a principle of love. Though you have said you will not, yet afterwards repent and obey. Submission to their rebukes, instructions and corrections, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. Disposing of themselves with the advice, direction and consent of parents, not alienating their property, but with their approbation. Endeavouring in every thing to be the comfort of their parents, and to make their old age easy to them; maintaining them if they stand in need of support. That thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee - This promise, (which is often literally fulfilled) is expounded in a more general sense #Eph 6:3|. That it may be well with thee, and thou mayst live long on the earth - Those that in conscience towards God keep this and other of God's commandments, may be sure it shall be well with them, and they shall live as long on the earth as infinite wisdom sees good for, them, and what they may seem to be cut short of on earth, shall be abundantly made up in eternal life, the heavenly Canaan which God will give them.


Discussion for Exodus 20

  • Brad Watson, Miami
    The 4th Commandment is "Keep the 7th day holy". This is a BIG example of GOD 7 4 Theory. Sabbath 7 letters Shabbat 7 Shabbos 7 is the seventh 7 day.
  • Bruce
    The swelling of The Belly is Kwashiorkor,The Body Retaining Water, in The Feet, Legs, Arms etc. Is Oedema. Has Nothing to do with The Bread.
  • David Conley
    My thought on this curse is a medical one. Those who have been seriously deprived of protein will lose much weight. Then when followed with water and carbohydrates (the bread) causes swelling of the abdomen, as witnessed by seeing starving children in Africa. Again this is based merely on my medical education, NOT on a vast knowledge of Bible curses.
  • Kory Murray
    This is God's truth. The way to peace.It is good to read the bible for all aspects of our lives. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. If there are any problems in our lives, we need to think if a godly way to correct them. It is all written in the scriptures. Which one of us by worrying can add one cubic to our stature? Remember to pray like Jesus taught " in this manner".There is a order
  • BSP
    Verse 5~Jehovah God requires exclusive devotion. We must give him our whole-hearted devotion and worship.
  • Michellay Burns
    My name is Michellay and I am 13 and tomorrow I have speak a word on Exodus chapter 20 verse 15 thou shalt not steal and I am studying so speak my word tomorrow but I never preach a word before but I know God has my please pray that I will do good tomorrow please. Thank you God for being there when I need you. OH Lord thank you for having my back when nobody was there God thank you for keeping me.

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