Exodus 20:17

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thou shalt not couet thy neighbours house, thou shalt not couet thy neighbours wife, nor his man seruant, nor his maid seruant, nor his oxe, nor his asse, nor any thing that is thy neighbours.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let not your desire be turned to your neighbour's house, or his wife or his man-servant or his woman-servant or his ox or his ass or anything which is his.
- Basic English Bible

Thou shalt not desire thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not desire thy neighbour's wife, nor his bondman, nor his handmaid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's.
- Darby Bible

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.
- Webster's Bible

You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
- World English Bible

`Thou dost not desire the house of thy neighbour, thou dost not desire the wife of thy neighbour, or his man-servant, or his handmaid, or his ox, or his ass, or anything which [is] thy neighbour's.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

(20:14) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:17


20:17 Thou shalt not covet - The foregoing commands implicitly forbid all desire of doing that which will be an injury to our neighbour, this forbids all inordinate desire of having that which will be a gratification to ourselves. O that such a man's house were mine! such a man's wife mine! such a man's estate mine! This is certainly the language of discontent at our own lot, and envy at our neighbour's, and these are the sins principally forbidden here. God give us all to see our face in the glass of this law, and to lay our hearts under the government of it!


Discussion for Exodus 20

  • Peter

    to Jeanette
    I have been thinking of replying to your comment but i did't know why. Then later i though of it, your comment makes me feel good. Thank you. I like it, it just makes me feel good.
    Have a good day, keep up the good work.
  • Jamie
    Jesus is our sabbath rest. For a Christian every day is a day of worship. Legalism doesn't help further the gospel. Colossians 2v16.
  • Mary johnson
    I believe with every fiber of my being that Gods commandments are true and binding. All ten of them. God does not change. The very one commandment God said to remember to keep holy is the very one MOST do not keep holy. The Roman Catholic church admits that they changed God' 7th day Sabbath to the 1st day of the week. Only God in heaven has the authority. Not any man on this earth. Research it !
  • Peter
    I think that I have it figured out. We should naturally know how to respect GOD; but unfortunately we do not know maybe and i even think that we do not know how to respect others and even our earthy father or Dads. God tells us he will hold us responsible for taking his name in vane because that surely shows disrespect; and He make sure that there is no mistake about this as He is telling you.
  • Jeanette
    If the bible says it I believe it and live by it.
  • Seven Trumpets
    Shabbat, or, Sabbath, is on the SEVENTH day of the week; (Genesis 2:1-3). Constantine made the first day to be the day when Christians were to assemble; on SUN-day, to honor the god of the sun, which he continued to worship. The vast multitudes of Believers, either don't know, or don't care, or don't want to be thought of as fanatic; and so, Sunday continues to be the day for going to Church.

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