Exodus 20:26

“Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neither shalt thou goe vp by steps vnto mine Altar, that thy nakednesse be not discouered thereon.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

'And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, so that your nakedness will not be exposed on it.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not uncovered thereon.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And do not go up by steps to my altar, for fear that your bodies may be seen uncovered.
- Basic English Bible

Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
- Darby Bible

Neither shalt thou go up by steps to my altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
- Webster's Bible

Neither shall you go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness may not be exposed to it.'
- World English Bible

neither dost thou go up by steps on Mine altar, that thy nakedness be not revealed upon it.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(20:23) Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto Mine altar, that thy nakedness be not uncovered thereon.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:26


20:26 Neither shall thou go at by steps unto mine altar - Indeed afterwards God appointed an altar ten cubits high. But it is probable, they went not up to that by steps, but by a sloping ascent.


Discussion for Exodus 20:26

  • Worshiper for verse 26
    I believe that Our Lord God is explaining to us how we should come to him in worship and prayers.God is explaining how to stand before him in purity, we have gotten so far away from the truth and how holy and pure God is we forget how amazing and holy and true God is and we don't realize that we cannot approach him any kind of way, so this scripture may be speaking of old biblical times but it also stands today. We need to have a Holy place were we meet with God in secret and make it our altar, A place where we go only to Worship our God and do nothing else. We should also follow these guidelines God has given us and make this place our altar. God Bless and have Mercy on us all. Amen
  • I believe this verse speaks about the building of pyramid shaped temples which were very common at the time, not only in Egypt. Usually the place of worship (altar/temple) was at the top of the structure.

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