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“You shall have no other gods before Me.

“You shall not make for yourself any idol, or any likeness (form, manifestation) of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth [as an object to worship]. You shall not worship them nor serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous (impassioned) God [[a]demanding what is rightfully and uniquely mine], visiting (avenging) the iniquity (sin, guilt) of the fathers on the children [that is, calling the children to account for the sins of their fathers], to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,(A) but showing graciousness and steadfast lovingkindness to thousands [of generations] of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 20:5 God does not tolerate the transfer of the honor and worship that is due Him to any other being or object.

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