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Exodus 20:6

    Exodus 20:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and showing lovingkindness unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And I will have mercy through a thousand generations on those who have love for me and keep my laws.

    Webster's Revision

    and showing lovingkindness unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

    World English Bible

    and showing loving kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 20:6

    And showing mercy unto thousands - Mark; even those who love God and keep his commandments merit nothing from him, and therefore the salvation and blessedness which these enjoy come from the mercy of God: Showing mercy, etc. What a disproportion between the works of justice and mercy! Justice works to the third or fourth, mercy to thousands of generations! The heathen had maxims like these. Theocritus also teaches that the children of the good shall be blessed because of their parents' piety, and that evil shall come upon the offspring of the wicked: -

    Ευσεβεων παιδεσσι τα λωΐα, δυσσεβεων δ' ου.

    Idyll. 26, v. 32.

    Upon the children of the righteous fall

    The choicest blessings; on the wicked, wo.

    That love me, and keep my commandments - It was this that caused Christ to comprise the fulfillment of the whole law in love to God and man; see Clarke's note on Exodus 20:1. And as love is the grand principle of obedience, and the only incentive to it, so there can be no obedience without it. It would be more easy even in Egyptian bondage to make brick without straw, than to do the will of God unless his love be shed abroad in the heart of the Holy Spirit. Love, says the apostle, is the fulfilling of the law; Romans 13:10.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 20:6

    Unto thousands - unto the thousandth generation. Yahweh's visitations of chastisement extend to the third and fourth generation, his visitations of mercy to the thousandth; that is, forever. That this is the true rendering seems to follow from Deuteronomy 7:9; Compare 2 Samuel 7:15-16.