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Deuteronomy 6:16

    Deuteronomy 6:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    You shall not tempt the LORD your God, as you tempted him in Massah.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Ye shall not tempt Jehovah your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did in Massah.

    Webster's Revision

    Ye shall not tempt Jehovah your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

    World English Bible

    You shall not tempt Yahweh your God, as you tempted him in Massah.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.

    Clarke's Commentary on Deuteronomy 6:16

    Ye shall not tempt the Lord - Ye shall not provoke him by entertaining doubts of his mercy, goodness, providence, and truth.

    As ye tempted him in Massah - How did they tempt him in Massah? They said, Is the Lord among us or not? Exodus 17:1-7. After such proofs as they had of his presence and his kindness, this was exceedingly provoking. Doubting God's kindness where there are so many evidences of it, is highly insulting to God Almighty.

    Wesley's Notes on Deuteronomy 6:16

    6:16 Ye shall not tempt - Not provoke him, as the following instance explains. Sinners, especially presumptuous sinners, are said to tempt God, that is, to make a trial of God, whether he be, so wise as to see their sins, so just and true and powerful as to take vengeance on them, concerning which they are very apt to doubt because of the present impunity and prosperity of many such persons.