Exodus 20:8

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keepe it holy.”

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Other Translations

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- King James Version

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Keep in memory the Sabbath and let it be a holy day.
- Basic English Bible

Remember the sabbath day to hallow it.
- Darby Bible

Remember the sabbath-day to keep it holy.
- Webster's Bible

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- World English Bible

`Remember the Sabbath-day to sanctify it;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:8


20:8 The fourth commandment concerns the time of worship; God is to be served and honoured daily; but one day in seven is to be particularly dedicated to his honour, and spent in his service. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy; in it thou shalt do no manner of work - It is taken for granted that the sabbath was instituted before. We read of God's blessing and sanctifying a seventh day from the beginning, #Gen 2:3|, so that this was not the enacting of a new law, but the reviving of an old law. 1st. They are told what is the day, they must observe, a seventh after six days labour, whether this was the seventh by computation from the first seventh, or from the day of their coming out of Egypt, or both, is not certain. A late pious Writer seems to prove, That the sabbath was changed, when Israel came out of Egypt; which change continued till our Lord rose again: But that then the Original Sabbath was restored. And he makes it highly probable, at least, That the sabbath we observe, is the seventh day from the creation. 2dly, How it must be observed; As a day of rest; they were to do no manner of work on this day, in their worldly business. As a holy day, set apart to the honour of the holy God, and to be spent in holy exercises. God, by his blessing it, had made it holy; they, by solemn blessing him, must keep it holy, and not alienate it to any other purpose than that for which the difference between it and other days was instituted. 3dly, Who must observe it? Thou and thy son and thy daughter - The wife is not mentioned, because she is supposed to be one with the husband, and present with him, and if he sanctify the sabbath, it is taken for granted she will join with him; but the rest of the family is instanced in it, children and servants must keep it according to their age and capacity. In this, as in other instances of religion, it is expected that masters of families should take care, not only to serve the Lord themselves, but that their houses also should serve him. Even the proselyted strangers must observe a difference between this day and other days, which, if it laid some restraint upon them then, yet proved a happy indication of God's gracious design, to bring the Gentiles into the church. By the sanctification of the sabbath, the Jews declared that they worshipped the God that made the world, and so distinguished themselves from all other nations, who worshipped gods which they themselves made. God has given us an example of rest after six days work; he rested the seventh day - Took a complacency in himself, and rejoiced in the work of his hand, to teach us on that day, to take a complacency in him, and to give him the glory of his works. The sabbath begun in the finishing of the work of creation; so will the everlasting sabbath in the finishing of the work of providence and redemption; and we observe the weekly sabbath in expectation of that, as well as in remembrance of the former, in both conforming ourselves to him we worship. He hath himself blessed the sabbath day and sanctified it. He hath put an honour upon it; it is holy to the Lord, and honourable; and he hath put blessings into it which he hath encouraged us to expect from him in the religious observation of that day. Let us not profane, dishonour, and level that with common time, which God's blessing hath thus dignified and distinguished.


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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