Exodus 20:26
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New International Version
And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.'

New Living Translation
And do not approach my altar by going up steps. If you do, someone might look up under your clothing and see your nakedness.

English Standard Version
And you shall not go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it.’

New American Standard Bible
'And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, so that your nakedness will not be exposed on it.'

King James Bible
Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must not go up to My altar on steps, so that your nakedness is not exposed on it."

International Standard Version
You are not to ascend to my altar on steps, so that your nakedness may not be exposed on it.'"

NET Bible
And you must not go up by steps to my altar, so that your nakedness is not exposed.'

New Heart English Bible
Neither shall you go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness may not be exposed to it.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never use stairs to go up to my altar. Otherwise, people will be able to see under your clothes."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto Mine altar, that thy nakedness be not uncovered thereon.

New American Standard 1977
‘And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, that your nakedness may not be exposed on it.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto my altar that thy nakedness not be discovered thereon.

King James 2000 Bible
Neither shall you go up by steps unto my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it.

American King James Version
Neither shall you go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not discovered thereon.

American Standard Version
Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not uncovered thereon.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not go up by steps unto my altar, lest thy nakedness be discovered.

Darby Bible Translation
Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

English Revised Version
Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither shalt thou go up by steps to my altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

World English Bible
Neither shall you go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness may not be exposed to it.'

Young's Literal Translation
neither dost thou go up by steps on Mine altar, that thy nakedness be not revealed upon it.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
The Altar of Sacrifice
25'If you make an altar of stone for Me, you shall not build it of cut stones, for if you wield your tool on it, you will profane it. 26And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, so that your nakedness will not be exposed on it.'
Cross References
Exodus 28:42
"You shall make for them linen breeches to cover their bare flesh; they shall reach from the loins even to the thighs.

Exodus 28:43
"They shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they enter the tent of meeting, or when they approach the altar to minister in the holy place, so that they do not incur guilt and die. It shall be a statute forever to him and to his descendants after him.

Ezekiel 43:17
"The ledge shall be fourteen cubits long by fourteen wide in its four sides, the border around it shall be half a cubit and its base shall be a cubit round about; and its steps shall face the east."
Treasury of Scripture

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