Exodus 20:7

“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Exodus 20:7

Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vaine: for the Lord will not holde him guiltlesse, that taketh his Name in vaine.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Thou shalt not take the name of Jehovah thy God in vain; for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You are not to make use of the name of the Lord your God for an evil purpose; whoever takes the Lord's name on his lips for an evil purpose will be judged a sinner by the Lord
- Basic English Bible

Thou shalt not idly utter the name of Jehovah thy God; for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that idly uttereth his name.
- Darby Bible

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
- Webster's Bible

You shall not take the name of Yahweh your God in vain, for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
- World English Bible

`Thou dost not take up the name of Jehovah thy God for a vain thing, for Jehovah acquitteth not him who taketh up His name for a vain thing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Exodus 20:7

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 20:7


20:7 The third commandment is concerning the manner of our worship; Where we have, [1.] A strict prohibition. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain - Supposing that, having taken Jehovah for their God, they would make mention of his name, this command gives a caution not to mention it in vain, and it is still as needful as ever. We take God's name in vain, First, By hypocrisy, making profession of God's name, but not living up to that profession. Secondly, By covenant breaking. If we make promises to God, and perform not to the Lord our vows, we take his name in vain. Thirdly, By rash swearing, mentioning the name of God, or any of his attributes, in the form of an oath, without any just occasion for it, but to no purpose, or to no good purpose. Fourthly, By false - swearing, which some think is chiefly intended in the letter of the commandment. Fifthly, By using the name of God lightly and carelessly. The profanation of the form of devotion is forbidden, as well as the profanation of the forms of swearing; as also, the profanation of any of those things whereby God makes himself known. For the Lord will not hold him guiltless - Magistrates that punish other offences, may not think themselves concerned to take notice of this; but God, who is jealous for his honour, will not connive at it. The sinner may perhaps hold himself guiltless, and think there is no harm in it; to obviate which suggestion, the threatening is thus expressed, God will not hold him guiltless - But more is implied, that God will himself be the avenger of those that take his name in vain; and they will find it a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.


Discussion for Exodus 20:7

  • Mixster on Exodus 20:7
    The phrase "full armor of God" comes from Ephesians 6:13-17: "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

    Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness (the righteousness of Jesus Christ) in place,

    and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

    The sword of the Spirit is all of the scriptures you have committed to memory.

    How can we mix Holy with Profane?
  • Mishael on Exodus 20:7
    If it's not cloudy where you live, you can go outside and see Saturn with the naked eye.

    It's the red looking star.
  • Mr on Exodus 20:7
    Why are there other versions/perversions on this King James Bible site? The King James Bible is the accurate translated word of God.

    As far as the ten commandments, God is correct to have to standard of right and wrong which shows that all are lost and have the eternal wages of death in the lake of fire unless they receive the gospel which graciously shows that the son of God died in their place.
  • Other Versions of the Bible by Mishael - in Reply on Exodus 20:7
    If you find error, you can go to the Contact Us link and let them look at it.

    Everybody in here may be using their own versions of the Bible. Such as NKJV, NIV, and others. You'll have to compare one to another. I've always used KJV because that is what I memorize.

    Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew. New Testament in Greek or Aramaic. Be happy that at great persecution, King James of England got the Bible translated so that regular people like us could read it themselves. Which is why he did it.

    The history before it was translated is very very humbling. People were tortured Or burned at stake for having pages of the Bible.
  • Mr - in Reply on Exodus 20:7
    If I find an error, I will contact; however that had nothing to do with my comment at all. The King James Bible is totally accurate. The singular and plural (such as thee or you) is grammatically accurate unlike all contemporary versions. Also, the base texts of Hebrew and Greek are pure. If someone uses another version they are deceived, or willing ignorant. The history from William Tyndale and friends to the King James Bible is humbling. The history of the modern perversions is abominable. Comparing the gold of the KJB with the error riddled modern perversions, should lead one to accept the gold, and reject the error. The occultic Jesuits are having a pro-Lucifer hay-day; they are vicious wolves in sheep's clothing, and are behind much of the King James battle as well as battles against received text Bibles in other languages around the world.

    Back on topic to Exodus 20, the modernist push to downplay the commandments of God is atrocious. 2 Timothy 3:16

    I wrote a long article concerning this on my website, with many scripture references. I tried to link to it, but no links are allowed. I can not post it here, because the text is too long. If you type, "what saith the scripture these three are one" you will find my youtube channel, and an introduction screen-cast to my site. On the site I list copious verses in defense of the law of Moses. The link on the left of my site is titled, "law of Moses _ validity". Jah is most high.
  • Shirely on Exodus 20:7
    Using Church or Religion as a whip, to guilt an individual or group of individuals, to serve the speakers or a specific group's personal agenda, is, to me, a form of taking the Almighty's name in vain.
  • Carolynn on Exodus 20:7
    This reminds me of a scripture in the new testament that says ' 'God cannot be mocked ' '
  • Frances patrick gama on Exodus 20:7
    this is amazing, that people maybe suffering just for this reason an not know it, I still want to learn more, cause I find it hard to believe that God would hold the ignorant so accountable, christians are so harsh, they are the worst to show mercy, so im going to take the stance of not guilty til not saved,so this is more for christians, an i'll keep praying for the unsaved an love them to the Lord. I want to add that its christians that have learned what real mercy is,sometimes this takes many years, an we never stop learning, ever
  • Frances patrick gama on Exodus 20:7
    this is amazing, that people maybe suffering just for this reason an not know it, I still want to learn more, cause I find it hard to believe that God would hold the ignorant so accountable, christians are so harsh, they are the worst to show mercy, so im going to take the stance of guilty til not ignorant,so this is more for christians, an i'll keep praying for the unsaved an love them to the Lord.


 

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