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The 3rd Commandment: You Shall Not Misuse the Name of God



What does "you shall not misuse the name of God" mean?

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You shall not misuse the name of God is the third of the 10 Commandments.

Summary: "Yahweh's name is sacred, as standing for His person; therefore it must be employed in no vain or false way. The commandment, no doubt, includes more than false swearing. Cursing, blasphemy and every profane use of Yahweh's name are forbidden." (IBSE)

Scripture: Exodus 20:7, "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."

Relationship focus: People and God

Prohibition: Yes



The Third Commmandment

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.



The 10 Commandments

The 1st Commandment:
You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me
The 6th Commandment:
You Shall Not Murder
The 2nd Commandment:
You Shall Not Make for Yourself Any Graven Images
The 7th Commandment:
You Shall Not Commit Adultery
The 3rd Commandment:
You Shall Not Misuse the Name of God
The 8th Commandment:
You Shall Not Steal
The 4th Commandment:
You Shall Keep the Sabbath
The 9th Commandment:
You Shall Not Commit False Witness
The 5th Commandment:
You Shall Obey Your Parents
The 10th Commandment:
You Shall Not Covet
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