EXODUS 20:5

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”

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Exodus 20:5 Translation & Meaning

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Thou shalt not לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
bow down thyself תִשְׁתַּחְוֶ֥֣ה To depress, i.e., prostrate (especially reflexive, in homage to royalty or God) bow down thyself
to them, nor וְלֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles to them nor
serve תָעָבְדֵ֑ם֒ To work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc serve
them: for כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed them for
I אָֽנֹכִ֞י I I
the Lord יְהוָ֤ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
thy God אֱלֹהֶ֙יךָ֙ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
am (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
a jealous קַנָּ֔א Jealous jealous
God, אֵ֣ל Strength; as adjective, mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity) God
visiting פֹּ֠קֵד To visit (with friendly or hostile intent); by analogy, to oversee, muster, charge, care for, miss, deposit, etc visiting
the iniquity עֲוֺ֨ן Perversity, i.e., (moral) evil iniquity
of the fathers אָבֹ֧ת Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application fathers
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
the children בָּנִ֛ים A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) children
unto עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications unto
the third שִׁלֵּשִׁ֥ים A descendant of the third degree, i.e., great grandchild third
and fourth רִבֵּעִ֖ים A descendant of the fourth generation, i.e., great great grandchild fourth
generation (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
of them that hate לְשֹׂנְאָֽ֑י׃ To hate (personally) hate
me; לְשֹׂנְאָֽ֑י׃ To hate (personally) me

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  • 3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

  • 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:

  • 5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

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

  • 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.




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