Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain” (Hebrew: לֹא תִשָּׂא אֶת-שֵׁם-ה’ אֱלֹהֶיךָ לַשָּׁוְא) (KJV; also “You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God” (NRSV) and variants) is the second or third (depending on numbering) of God’s Ten Commandments to man in Judaism and Christianity.
Based on this commandment, Second Temple Judaism by the Hellenistic period developed a taboo of pronouncing the name Yahweh at all, resulting in the replacement of the Tetragrammaton by “Adonai” (literally “my lord” – see Adonai) in pronunciation.. In the Hebrew Bible itself, the commandment is directed against abuse of the name of God, not against any use; there are numerous examples in the Hebrew Bible and a few in the New Testament where God’s name is called upon in oaths to tell the truth or to support the truth of the statement being sworn to, and the books of Daniel and Revelation include instances where an angel sent by God invokes the name of God to support the truth of apocalyptic revelations. God himself is presented as swearing by his own name (“As surely as I live …”) to guarantee the certainty of various events foretold through the prophets.
The word here translated as “in vain” is שוא (shav’ ’emptiness’, ‘vanity’, ’emptiness of speech’, ‘lying’), while ‘take’ is נשא nasa’ ‘to lift’, ‘carry’, ‘bear’, ‘take’, ‘take away’ (appearing in the second person as תשא). The expression “to take in vain” is also translated less literally as “to misuse” or variants.
23, 2009 — — As texting and instant messaging became a way of life, a shorthand lexicon emerged to save time and stress on fingers. Acronyms like LOL and TTYL replaced “laughing out loud” and “talk to you later.” The letters OMG replaced “Oh, My God.” Or did it?
John Donvan spoke to a group of high school students from the Washington Hebrew Congregation youth group in Bethesda, Md., about OMG and how it relates to the third commandment, which says, according to the King James version of the Bible, “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” (Exodus 20:7).. There are various interpretations of the commandment, but it is commonly defined as using the Lord’s name casually or irreverently
OMG has a number of meanings ranging from excitement to disbelief. For a vast number of American teens, it has replaced the exclamation mark
Blasphemy: Impious Speech in the West from the 17th to the 19th Century by Alain Cabantous, translated by Eric Rauth. Columbia, 288 pp., £21.50, 28 February, 0 231 11876 7
A quarter-century has passed since anybody was charged with it, but another determined zealot like Mary Whitehouse might still manage a prosecution. The law holds that Christianity, in effect the Church of England with its secular head, is the only religion that can be blasphemed, and one still hears arguments in favour of extending the privilege to other religions
That was the judgment of a Lord Chief Justice in 1676, since when blasphemy has been an offence in common law; the sanction may be asleep but it is not dead. If tempted to believe that it is, one needs to recall the 1976 prosecution of Gay News and the subsequent failure in the House of Lords of an attempt to get rid of it.
What Does It Really Mean to Take the Lord’s Name in Vain?. What exactly is forbidden by the third commandment? The word vain (as it’s rendered in the ESV) can mean “empty,” “nothing,” “worthless,” or “to no good purpose.” We are forbidden, therefore, from taking the name of God (or taking up the name or bearing the name, as the phrase could be translated) in a manner that is wicked, worthless, or for wrong purposes
The name YHWH (or Yahweh)—“the Lord,” in most translations—appears some seven thousand times in the Old Testament. We don’t need to be superstitious about saying his name
Most obvious is to blaspheme or curse the name of God, which we saw already in Leviticus 24:16. The third commandment also forbids empty or false oaths: “You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord” (Lev
The third of The Ten Commandments states, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain” (Exodus 20:7).. What do you think it means to take the name of the Lord in vain? Since God says He “will not hold him guiltless who takes His name if vain,” I think it would be wise to know what it means
Though that is certainly inappropriate and showing the utmost disrespect for Him, that is not all that is meant by this command.. Another way we can take His name in vain is to use it casually in phrases such as “Oh, my God!” or “Jesus!” Even phrases like “Thank God” or “Praise the Lord” are often used in a less than sincere and reverent manner
For the most part, they have become simply figures of speech.. We can also take God’s name in vain when we use it to swear an oath such as “I swear to God.” If we lie or do not follow through on the oath, we have taken His name in vain
What does it mean to take the Lord’s name in vain? Is taking God’s name in vain a sin?. You have probably heard that taking God’s name in vain is a sin
The problem is we’ve oversimplified the 3rd commandment and have missed the real meaning of not taking God’s name in vain.. So, what does it mean to take the Lord’s name in vain? Let’s start with what the Bible says.
When we approach something familiar to us, we tend to just read it quickly and move on. But in order to understand what it means to take God’s name in vain, we have to slow down and read it again.
Although many people believe taking the Lord’s name in vain refers to using the Lord’s name as a swear word, there is much more involved with a vain use of God’s name. To understand the severity of taking the Lord’s name in vain, we must first see the Lord’s name from His perspective as outlined in Scripture
God’s nature and attributes, the totality of His being, and especially His glory are reflected in His name (Psalm 8:1). Psalm 111:9 tells us His name is “holy and awesome,” and the Lord’s prayer begins by addressing God with the phrase “hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9), an indication that a reverence for God and His name should be foremost in our prayers
That we are even allowed to come before His throne is due only to His gracious, merciful love for His own (Hebrews 4:16). Because of the greatness of the name of God, any use of God’s name that brings dishonor on Him or on His character is taking His name in vain
What It Actually Means to Take the Lord’s Name in Vain. “Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain.” Parents have said this to children
The idea of taking the Lord’s name in vain is so renowned that even nonbelievers have an understanding of this verse.. People often attribute taking the Lord’s name in vain to mean using the word “God” in conjunction with a curse word
An example would be someone scaring another and then the scared person says, “Oh my God.” Though the initial person’s actions were just a scary prank, the second person should not have said God’s name some would say.. The issue with this verse is that everyone appears to have their own definition, but not often do people go back to the verse’s origin for a better and true understanding
When I was growing up, I was told to use God’s name in church, prayer, or other spiritual contexts, but to say “God” in an irreligious way—after stubbing a toe or losing a game—was to break the commandment: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain” (Exod 20:7). While I still refrain from saying “God” outside of religious discourse, this verse doesn’t mean what I was told growing up
In ancient Israel, an oath was a solemn statement that began חי־יהוה (chai Adonai)—“as the Lord lives”—and meant: “If I don’t fulfill the following oath, may the Lord who lives strike me dead!” For example, after Jonathan convinced Saul not to kill David, “Saul swore, ‘As the Lord lives (חי־יהוה; chai Adonai), he shall not be put to death’” (1 Sam 19:6). Saul’s oath means that if David dies at Saul’s hand, then Saul also deserves to die.
As a bearer of God’s name, the oath-taker must accomplish the sworn oath, or else…. Yeshua protected his followers from taking God’s name in vain when he said to “not swear at all” (Matt 5:34) – that way, you’ll never swear an oath that you might not fulfill, so you can rest assured that you’ll never break the commandment!
The language in the Ten Commandments is countercultural, counterintuitive, offensive, and shocking to anyone who has not embraced the God-centeredness of God. We might summarize the first two commandments like this:
Have no carved substitutes that steal away your thoughts and affections and words and actions. For I am jealous to have all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and all your strength.
This command is no less countercultural, counterintuitive, offensive, and shocking. Yet if God were not this jealous for his own name, we would have no salvation and no joy.
Well, that’s a quote from the Ten Commandments: “Don’t take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” The idea of vanity (and I think the Hebrew carries this connotation) is “don’t empty the name.”. So it doesn’t just refer to a certain tone of voice or a certain use of the word
This includes both throw-away words—like “God!” or “Jesus!”—as well as speaking about him in trifling and flippant ways. Not just swear ways but cheap ways, low and insignificant ways that just treat him like a commodity
God, Christ, the cross, the things he is, and the things he did are great, and they’re weighty. And there’s a certain corresponding demeanor of worship that should be there.
One of the Ten Commandments forbids taking the name of the Lord God in vain (Exodus 20:7). Yet the name of the Lord is used frequently in profanity by those who claim to believe in God
It also means his name is not to be used for a selfish purpose. Some use God’s name as an advantage by the self-serving
Those who borrow money with no intentions of paying it back will say to you, “I promise to God I’ll pay you back.” This is one example of taking God’s name in vain.. Using the name of God for one’s sinful or selfish desire violates God’s commandment
“[The Israelites are] already free, and the laws are a way of showing them how to live in freedom. And if we re-conceive that, it shifts it in a way that we can begin to see how it might be valuable for us as well—if it’s not meant to earn salvation and instead meant to shape the way we live as a grateful response to salvation.”
In part one (0:00–23:30), Tim and Jon introduce Carmen Imes and talk with her about her journey in biblical scholarship. Carmen shared much of the same journey as Tim and Jon and decided to focus her work on a commonly misunderstood commandment in Scripture.
Carmen notes that there are 23 different ways to interpret this command from the original Hebrew. As she states, “The command is telling the Israelites not to misrepresent Yahweh.”
This commandment, like the second, includes a warning within it. What does He mean by “not hold him guiltless”? Sometimes God deliberately understates a warning as a subtle form of emphasis, which ultimately magnifies its meaning
It is helpful to define four words used in this command:. » Take: Several Hebrew words are translated into the English word “take,” but this one means “lift up,” “bear,” “carry,” “use,” “appropriate.”
Thus “name” is a word by which a person, place, or thing is distinctively known. » Vain: The underlying Hebrew word suggests emptiness, futility, and/or falsehood
One of the ten commandments at the heart of the Law of Moses is to not take God’s name in vain. Such an important command is worth taking the time to understand and consider! The text reads:
What does it mean to not take God’s name in vain? “In vain” it means to lack the proper respect and substance belongs in a statement and or intention or God’s name is invoked. In other words, to take the Lord’s name in vain means to use it in a manner that is not reverent
The entertainment industry is full of examples of people using the Lord’s name in vain. A Christian needs only to watch TV, a sitcom, a movie, awards banquet, etc
The answer to this question might seem self-evident, especially to those of us who grew up in a western Judeo-Christian society.. Exodus 20:7, Deuteronomy 5:11 – You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
For most, the ultimate violation of the third commandment is to say “God damn it.” You can use just about every other word or phrase, no matter how bad, but when your vulgarity includes the utilization of this phrase, many believe you’ve crossed the line. You might even be charged with blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
At Odds with the Third Commandment (As Some Define It). I’m going to take a stand that’s at odds with the most popular understanding of the third commandment
It’s in the top three of the ten commandments so it must be important, right? But the way you’re trying to keep it might be wrong. When I first heard the BibleProject teach on the topic of God’s name and what this commandment means, I was blown away and realized I had been misinterpreting this one my entire Christian existence! So I wanted to summarize what I learned and share some personal insights on this topic of taking the Lord’s name in vain.
Seems easy enough! One down, nine more commandments to go!”. We’ve actually gotten really creative in finding work-arounds so we don’t say that
I had one friend that taught her kids to say “Oh my my my” instead. You can probably think other work-arounds to avoid taking God’s name in vain.
I have some coworkers that constantly use the Lord’s name in vain. It seems almost like a contest to them who can cuss the most
I can understand what you mean by there being an almost competitive nature to cussing in some environments. I became a Christian after becoming a police officer
One evening my supervisor and I were discussing a call when out of the blue he asked if he could ask me a personal question. I said “Sure.” He stated he knew I was a Christian and also noticed that I didn’t cuss
The commandment “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain” is often misinterpreted as a law targeting our speech. But as I’ve been studying this commandment in more detail (and in its original language), my mind has been changed as to what it’s all about
The Hebrew word in Exodus 20:7 translated into English as “take” comes from נָשָׂא (naw-saw’), which means “to lift, carry, take.” This translation can cause confusion because, in modern English, we have over fifty different ways we use the word “take.” (e.g., take a wife, take the witness stand, take an interest, it takes two, how did you take that statement, she was quite taken by him. So let’s consider the meaning of the original Hebrew word
And we carry the name of the Lord by bringing His name with us wherever we go. Sort of like an army hoisting a giant banner bearing God’s name, YHWH (יְהוָ֔ה )
“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black
Continuing with our Bible Study of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, today, we take a closer look at oath-taking and its implications for Christians. Are we, for example, forbidden from swearing on a Bible in court?
So what does it mean to take the Lord’s name in vain? And what does that have to do with swearing an oath?. The word for “vain” in Hebrew is shav, meaning emptiness, vanity, falsehood, lying or worthlessness (of conduct)
The third commandment is about so much more than using God’s name as a curse word. Today, Sinclair Ferguson addresses our lifelong responsibility to honor the God who has placed His name and blessing on us in baptism.
I suppose for most people, that means only one thing: don’t use swear words, and especially don’t use God’s name as a swear word. What God is forbidding here is using His name lightly or thoughtlessly, as though neither God nor His name were of any importance to us
Think about this in terms of the two Testaments of the Bible, Old and New. You remember that in the days of the Old Testament, the high priest was to bless the people
take (one’s) name in vain(redirected from take my name in vain). To speak about someone when they are not present, as in a critical manner
Speak casually or idly of someone, as in There he goes, taking my name in vain again. This idiom originated as a translation from the Latin of the Vulgate Bible (Exodus 20:7), “to take God’s name in vain,” and for a time was used only to denote blasphemy and profanity
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust