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

¶ 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

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

  • Sheila price
    There is no scripture for Sunday sabboth as it is the beginning of the week. Saturday, the seventh day will always be the sabboth and it is for rest. Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: God rested on the 7th day as are we to.We can worship and work on Sunday. That being said a man can worship any and everyday if he wishes. Colossians 2:16
  • Sean tabb
    IRENE123: where do you get your supporting scripture or instructions to worship or "keep Sunday as the Sabbath?"
  • Librarygal143
    I am lucky to have a great dad and stepmom, who love me and are good people. I thank God for them.
  • Brother Daniel FC
    To Irene 123: Hi Irene, Good to meet you again. Worshiping God every day of the week is not only OK, it is desirable. But missing your special appointment with God on Saturday Sabbath, My holy day, as He calls it, is not OK. Isa. 58:13. I can tell you for sure; God never changed His Sabbath, from the Creation: But, people did, and that’s not right. Jesus observed His Sabbath: Let's follow Him!
  • Brother Daniel FC
    There are only a few cases in the Bible when God writes with His own finger messages , to communicate with man i.e. To us: The Ten Commandments, to Belshazzar, Dan. 5:25, and to the people that brought the woman caught in adultery Jn. 8. In every instance the addressee s was terrified and listened. Today, we dare mock God when He says If you love me keep my commandments Jn. 14:15 What shame!
  • Cephas
    O sing unto the LORD a new song for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.