Exodus 20:4

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thou shalt not make vnto thee any grauen Image, or any likenesse of any thing that is in heauen aboue, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water vnder the earth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any likeness `of any thing' that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You are not to make an image or picture of anything in heaven or on the earth or in the waters under the earth:
- Basic English Bible

Thou shalt not make thyself any graven image, or any form of what is in the heavens above, or what is in the earth beneath, or what is in the waters under the earth:
- Darby Bible

Thou shalt not make to thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
- Webster's Bible

You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
- World English Bible

`Thou dost not make to thyself a graven image, or any likeness which [is] in the heavens above, or which [is] in the earth beneath, or which [is] in the waters under the earth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Exodus 20:4

  • Ambrose Okech for verse 4
    Verse 4 clearly talks about graven images and i'm getting a picture of how God detests such with a passion. Read on its own or in conjunction with other scriptures on graven images, it cannot escape one's notice that they are expressly forbiden. God is a jealous God. So where do catholics get their authority to form graven images and shamelessly place them conspicuously in their places of worship with impunity? Definitely not the bible!
  • Florence for verse 4
    NEVER WORSHIP GRAVEN IMAGES,THEY ARE JUST MAN MADE,MADE OF WOODS OR STONES FOR GOD IS A SPIRIT,we cannot see HIM but we need to believe HE IS D CREATOR of us all..amen...
  • Sister Angie for verse 4
    I understand it to include any image of anything in heaven, on earth and inder the earth - this includes pictures, videos, TV, YouTube, Facebook and such things.
  • So correct me if I 'm wrong, does this mean that the church was wrong in allowing people to worship what they said was jesus, cause clearly we have no actual idea as to what jesus or anything else for that matter looks like. And does this mean that any image, including the cross is wrong to have hanging in your house or tattooed on your body? Just curious.
  • Carolyn for verse 4
    My son pointed out that the verse includes likeness separately from graven image and said that it includes photographs so will no longer use a camera. I am here to research this since what he said seems true and yet I do not want to give up pictures that help me remember happy times, like being with my family.
  • Carolyn for verse 4
    Do you have an inspirational image for Exodus 20:4?

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