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You shall not invoke the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.[a](A) For the Lord will not leave unpunished anyone who invokes his name in vain.

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  1. 20:7 In vain: i.e., to no good purpose, a general framing of the prohibition which includes swearing falsely, especially in the context of a legal proceeding, but also goes beyond it (cf. Lv 24:16; Prv 30:8–9).