Exodus 20:23

“Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Exodus 20:23

Ye shall not make with me gods of siluer, neither shall ye make vnto you gods of gold.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

'You shall not make {other gods} besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye shall not make `other gods' with me; gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Gods of silver and gods of gold you are not to make for yourselves.
- Basic English Bible

Ye shall not make beside me gods of silver, and ye shall not make to you gods of gold.
- Darby Bible

Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make to you gods of gold.
- Webster's Bible

You shall most certainly not make alongside of me gods of silver, or gods of gold for yourselves.
- World English Bible

ye do not make with Me gods of silver, even gods of gold ye do not make to yourselves.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(20:20) Ye shall not make with Me--gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Exodus 20:23

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:23


20:21 While the people continued to stand afar off - Afraid of God's wrath, Moses drew near unto the thick darkness; he was made to draw near, so the word is: Moses of himself durst not have ventured into the thick darkness if God had not called him, and encouraged him, and, as some of the Rabbins suppose, sent an angel to take him by the hand, and lead him up.

20:22 Moses being gone into the thick darkness where God was, God there spoke in his hearing only, all that follows from hence to the end of chap. 23, which is mostly an exposition of the ten commandments; and he was to transmit it to the people. The laws in these verses relate to God's worship. Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven - Such was his wonderful condescension; ye shall not make gods of silver - This repetition of the second commandment comes in here, because they were more addicted to idolatry than to any other sin.

20:24 An altar of earth - It is meant of occasional altars, such as they reared in the wilderness before the tabernacle was erected, and afterwards upon special emergencies, for present use. They are appointed to make these very plain, either of earth or of unhewn stones. That they might not be tempted to think of a graven image, they must not so much as hew the stones into shape, that they made their altars of, but pile them up as they were in the rough. In all places where I record my name - Or where my name is recorded, that is, where I am worshipped in sincerity, I will come unto thee, and will bless thee.


Discussion for Exodus 20:23

  • Conchita - in Reply on Exodus 20:23
    Thank you for your response. However, you misunderstood my question. I was not asking why it is that some religions observe the Sabbath on Sunday, rather than on Saturday. My question was regarding what, exactly, is the 4th Commandment. I was taught that it is "Honor thy father and thy mother," and, applied that answer to the question posted in the "Bible Trivia" quiz. I was surprised when my answer turned out to be incorrect. I listed the 10 Commandments in the order in which I was taught. To my understanding of the KJV, as well as the Catholic Version, it would appear that the Fourth Commandment is, "Honor thy father and thy mother," not, "Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy." See rational below:

    BOOK OF EXODUS:

    Verses 1 - 6 (First Commandment)

    Verse 7 (Second Commandment)

    Verses 8 - 11 (Third Commandment) "Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy."

    Verse 12 (Fourth Commandment) "Honor thy father and thy mother."

    Still confused.
  • Josef - in Reply on Exodus 20:23
    Hi Conchita,

    The 10 Commandments are different in Protestant and Catholic theology.

    Here is the difference based on Exodus 20 which both list the commandments:

    Exodus 20 In Protestant theology:

    Commandment 1: 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

    Commandment 2: 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image

    Commandment 3: 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain

    Commandment 4: 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

    Commandment 5: 12 Honour thy father and thy mother

    Commandment 6: 13 Thou shalt not kill.

    Commandment 7: 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

    Commandment 8: 15 Thou shalt not steal.

    Commandment 9: 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

    Commandment 10: 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.

    Exodus 20 In Cathoic theology:

    Commandment 1: 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

    4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image

    Commandment 2: 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain

    Commandment 3: 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

    Commandment 4: 12 Honour thy father and thy mother

    Commandment 5: 13 Thou shalt not kill.

    Commandment 6: 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

    Commandment 7: 15 Thou shalt not steal.

    Commandment 8: 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

    Commandment 9: 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.

    Commandment 10: 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.

    The 10 Commandments are also listed in Deuteronomy 5.
  • Queen bb on Exodus 20:23
    this has the ten commandments and it is very good that we have it, it is so amazing that we have them that god made it with his own finger and how it was in a stone it is so overwhelming that is why i love my god he can impossible things that nobody else can do in this world
  • Queen bb on Exodus 20:23
    we need the commandments in our lives and we need to follow them to have everlasting life.
  • Peter on Exodus 20:23
    Your questions are not offensive and there is nothing wrong with learning the truth and hopefully you will accept things by faith as you learn. God commandment is to have no other Gods before him; and it is a power commandment visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourthgenerationof them that hate me;

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    And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

    He sent Christ to die for us and our sins. What do you mean was it a trick We know that it happened in fulfillment as it was predicted in full filament of prophecy; and there were witnesses etc...
  • Brooke on Exodus 20:23
    If God commands "thou shall have no other Gods before me", then why did he send Jesus Christ How do we know that it was not a trick

    Thank you very much, I hope not to be offensive but to learn the truth.
  • Peter - in Reply on Exodus 20:23
    I'm sorry as I got that commandment mixed up with the second commandment. It applies to graven images. The other thing I usually say is that to understand the Bible, it is always good to also talk to your minister or priest or leader of your church as then you can discuss it in more detail and get and give instant feed back. He generally has more experience in responding; and because of that, would not make mistakes like I do. I like that part of the second commandment so much; and it is so powerful;I simply over done it.
  • Chris - in Reply on Exodus 20:23
    Brooke, this is even difficult for mature Christians to fully understand, as God presents Himself in a way that is beyond the realm of our human understanding & experience. We believe that God is One God, but He, in His Power, sent forth His Word to Earth to fulfil His Will. This Word was made a man, Jesus, (see Jn 1:1-14) for the sole purpose to present God's Word to His people & to give His Life for them. Jesus would pay the price of their sin through death & resurrection, so by believing, the people would not have to be cast in hell as punishment. And, those who believed had help to live this new life, so were given God's Spirit. This is God's Fullness:Father, Son & Spirit: ONE God only.
  • Adam - in Reply on Exodus 20:23
    Hello, because Jesus is God. JOHN 10:30


 

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