Exodus 20:23
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New International Version
Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.

New Living Translation
Remember, you must not make any idols of silver or gold to rival me.

English Standard Version
You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold.

New American Standard Bible
You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves.

King James Bible
Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must not make gods of silver to rival Me; you must not make gods of gold for yourselves."

International Standard Version
You are not to make gods of silver alongside me, nor are you to make for yourselves gods of gold.

NET Bible
You must not make gods of silver alongside me, nor make gods of gold for yourselves.

New Heart English Bible
You shall most certainly not make alongside of me gods of silver, or gods of gold for yourselves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never make any gods of silver or gold for yourselves. Never worship them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ye shall not make with Me--gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you.

New American Standard 1977
‘You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not make to be with me gods of silver, neither shall you make unto you gods of gold.

American King James Version
You shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall you make to you gods of gold.

American Standard Version
Ye shall not make other gods with me; gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You shall not make gods of silver, nor shall you make to yourselves gods of gold.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye shall not make beside me gods of silver, and ye shall not make to you gods of gold.

English Revised Version
Ye shall not make other gods with me; gods of silver, or gods of gold, ye shall not make unto you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make to you gods of gold.

World English Bible
You shall most certainly not make alongside of me gods of silver, or gods of gold for yourselves.

Young's Literal Translation
ye do not make with Me gods of silver, even gods of gold ye do not make to yourselves.
Study Bible
Idolatry Forbidden
22Then the LORD said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'You yourselves have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven. 23You shall not make other gods besides Me; gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves. 24'You shall make an altar of earth for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you.…
Cross References
Exodus 20:3
"You shall have no other gods before Me.

Exodus 32:1
Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, "Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him."

Exodus 32:2
Aaron said to them, "Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me."

Exodus 32:31
Then Moses returned to the LORD, and said, "Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves.

Exodus 34:17
"You shall make for yourself no molten gods.

Leviticus 19:4
'Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 27:15
Cursed is the man who makes an idol or a molten image, an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.' And all the people shall answer and say, 'Amen.'

Deuteronomy 29:17
moreover, you have seen their abominations and their idols of wood, stone, silver, and gold, which they had with them);

Judges 17:3
He then returned the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother said, "I wholly dedicate the silver from my hand to the LORD for my son to make a graven image and a molten image; now therefore, I will return them to you."
Treasury of Scripture

You shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall you make to you gods of gold.

Exodus 20:3-5 You shall have no other gods before me…

Exodus 32:1-4 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the …

1 Samuel 5:4,5 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was …

2 Kings 17:33,41 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner …

Ezekiel 20:39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus said the Lord GOD; Go you, serve …

Ezekiel 43:8 In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post …

Daniel 5:4,23 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of …

Zephaniah 1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven on the housetops; and them …

1 Corinthians 10:21,22 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: you …

2 Corinthians 6:14-16 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship …

Colossians 2:18,19 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and …

1 John 5:20,21 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, …

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

(23) Ye shall not make with me gods of silver.--The expression "make with me" is unusual, but does not seem to have any peculiar force. Gods of silver and gods of gold are specially forbidden, because it was to idolatry of this kind that the Israelites were specially inclined. The golden calf is no isolated phenomenon. Molten images of gods, generally of silver, sometimes of gold, were objects of worship to Israel throughout the ages which preceded the Captivity. Jeroboam set up molten images at Dan and Bethel (Kings 14:9; 2Kings 17:16). Baal was worshipped under the semblance of a molten image (2Chronicles 28:2) as were probably Ashtaroth, Chemosh, and Moloch. The animal worship of the Egyptians had no attractions for the Hebrews; they did not offer to images of stone or marble, like the Assyrians or the Greeks; much less was it their habit to "bow down to stocks," like so many of the heathen nations around them. The "molten image," generally completed by a certain amount of graving, was the form of idol which had most charms for them, and the more precious the material the more satisfied were they to worship it. (Comp. Isaiah 30:22; Isaiah 42:17; Jeremiah 10:14; Hosea 13:2, &c.). Occasionally indeed they overlaid wood or stone with plates of gold or silver, to produce an idol (Habakkuk 2:19); but such images were at once less common and held in less account.

Verse 23. - Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, etc. This is a repetition, in part, of the second commandment, and can only be accounted for by the prohibition being specially needed. The first idea of the Israelites, when they considered that Moses had deserted them, was to make a golden calf for a god. Ye shall not make with me,.... This is a proposition of itself, as appears by the accent Athnach placed at the end of it, which divides it from the following, and therefore "gods of silver" belong to the next clause or proposition; something seems to be wanting to complete the sense, which the Talmudists (s) and Jarchi after them supply thus,"ye shall not make with me as the likeness of my ministers which minister before me on high;''as the seraphim, ministering angels, &c. as the sun, moon, and stars; and so the Targum of Jonathan paraphrases the words,"ye shall not make, to worship, the likeness of the sun, and of the moon, and of the stars, and of the planets, and of the angels that minister before me:''or rather, "ye shall not make any likeness with me", or any likeness of me; and so the words stand connected with the preceding verse, that since they only saw the cloud and fire, and perceived the voice of God from thence, but saw no likeness or similitude of him, therefore they were not to make any under a pretence of worshipping him with it, or in it, or by it; and so Ben Melech adds, by way of explanation, although your intention is to my service: "gods of silver and gods of gold ye shall not make unto you"; for so this clause is to be read: that is, images made of gold and silver, images of angels, or of the host of heaven, the sun, moon, and stars, or of great men on earth, as kings or heroes, or of any creature in heaven, earth, or sea; these they were not to make unto them, in order to serve and worship them, or to worship God in them, or by them, or with them: the first images for idolatrous worship were made of gold and silver, because, being rich and glittering, they more affected the minds of the people, as the golden calf a little after made, and perhaps the gods of Egypt were such, at least some of them; wherefore this law against idolatry is repeated, because the people of Israel were prone unto it, and many of them had been ensnared with it in Egypt, upon every occasion were ready to relapse into it: or images made of meaner materials, as brass, wood, and stone, though not mentioned, are equally forbidden; for if those of richer materials were not to be made and worshipped, much less those of baser ones.

(s) T. Bab. Roshhashanah, fol. 24. 1. 2. Avoda Zara, fol, 43. 1. 2. 20:22-26 Moses having entered into the thick darkness, God there spake in his hearing all that follows from hence to the end of chap. 23, which is mostly an exposition of the ten commandments. The laws in these verses relate to God's worship. The Israelites are assured of God's gracious acceptance of their devotions. Under the gospel, men are encouraged to pray every where, and wherever God's people meet in his name to worship him, he will be in the midst of them; there he will come unto them, and will bless them.
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