Exodus 20:12

“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 (KJV)

Other Translations for 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.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"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 for Exodus 20:12

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 20:12

  • Chris - in Reply on Exodus 20:12
    I believe you're referring to Elijah & not Gideon (1 Kings 19:18). We're not told who those 7,000 were in Israel, but that was a large enough number of people to convince Elijah that he was not the only one left who honoured God & not bowed to Baal.
  • Walter moore - in Reply on Exodus 20:12
    thank you,Chris! I will check it out! Wally
  • Jessie on Exodus 20:12
    I know that this is of evil like adultry, fornication and uncleanliness what is the meaning of the word lasciviousness mean exactly
  • Chris - in Reply on Exodus 20:12
    The dictionary definition, which is similar to the meaning in the Greek, is: unrestrained sexual behaviour, or an inclination to such behaviour; lustfulness, lewdness.
  • Jessie Teressa Peters - in Reply on Exodus 20:12
    Thank You
  • Cyryl - in Reply on Exodus 20:12
    Romans 10:9-10 is how you can get saved.
  • Nicole - in Reply on Exodus 20:12

    That you would take your time to send such a detailed response has brought me to tear's. Knowing that God is hurting because I am hurting makes me want to succeed more. I do feel closer to Him. I will continue my baby steps and keeping in his word. I will never stop reaching for Him because I need Him so badly. Thank you for caring. You have no idea how much it means!
  • Libda - in Reply on Exodus 20:12
    Good morning Nicole, it was so nice to see your note this morning! I'm very happy that you were encouraged. Like I said, I know how hard it is to get out of the hole, or the rut that we can get into.

    And yes, I've been there, and depressed many times. Did you know that there were other Christians and God fearing people in the Bible who suffered from depression? There really was. So you're not alone.

    As far as the old hymns go, like I said they really have done a wonderful job of ministering to my hurting soul. One of my favorite places to go to listen to them on YouTube is the SE Samonte channel. They're mainly acapella which I love, and they sing many many old hymns. They have beautiful outdoor scenery in the wilderness with the songs, they include the lyrics and usually at the end of each song they put a King James Bible scripture on. I'll just have to say right up front that it is a Mormon channel, and I am not Mormon nor do I advocate Mormonism. Simply put I am a King James Bible believer. The way I see it, as long as I am just there for the music, that's okay.

    Quite frankly, as a King James Bible believer, I realized a number of years ago there is no Bible for denominations! I can't remember the exact scripture but it goes something like this... One saith I am of apollos, another I am of paul, another I am of Jesus, and it should not be so! I'm paraphrasing of course.

    I've got to get rolling now, I'm actually a truck driver and getting ready to head out of Nebraska and heading to Utah!

    The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you! Have a beautiful day Nicole!

    With love, Mama Linda
  • Samantha - in Reply on Exodus 20:12
    Hello. I hope you find these verses helpful in your questions.

    If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, then you are saved. You cannot lose your salvation.

    Romans 3:23...For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    2 Timothy 2:15...Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

    Read the KJV Bible, pray, and go to Church.

    Ephesians 4...21..If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22.That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23.And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24.And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25.Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26.Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27.Neither give place to the devil.
  • Anonymous - in Reply on Exodus 20:12
    If you're truly sorry, God has already forgiven you. But it's also important to forgive yourself. If you were already saved years ago there's no need to be saved a second time; that's what Jesus died on the cross for.


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