Exodus 20:26
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.’

Berean Study Bible
And you must not go up to My altar on steps, lest your nakedness be 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.

Christian Standard Bible
Do not go up to my altar on steps, so that your nakedness is not exposed on it.

Contemporary English Version
And don't build an altar that requires steps; you might expose yourself when you climb up.

Good News Translation
Do not build an altar for me with steps leading up to it; if you do, you will expose yourselves as you go up the steps.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou shalt not go up to my altar by steps, that thou mayest not uncover thy nakedness upon it.

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.
Study Bible
The Altar of Sacrifice
25Now if you make an altar of stones for Me, you must not build it with stones shaped by tools; for if you use a chisel on it, you will defile it. 26And you must not go up to My altar on steps, lest your nakedness be exposed on it.’
Cross References
Exodus 28:42
Make linen undergarments to cover their bare flesh, extending from waist to thigh.

Exodus 28:43
Aaron and his sons must wear them whenever they enter the tent of meeting or approach the altar to minister in the Holy Place, so that they will not incur guilt and die. This is to be a permanent statute for Aaron and his descendants.

Ezekiel 43:17
The ledge shall also be square, fourteen cubits long and fourteen cubits wide, with a rim of half a cubit and a gutter of a cubit all around it. The steps of the altar shall face east."

Treasury of Scripture

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

thy nakedness

Leviticus 10:3
Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.

Psalm 89:7
God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.

Ecclesiastes 5:1
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.







Lexicon
And you must not
וְלֹֽא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

go up
תַעֲלֶ֥ה (ṯa·‘ă·leh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5927: To ascend, in, actively

to My altar
מִזְבְּחִ֑י (miz·bə·ḥî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4196: An altar

on steps,
בְמַעֲלֹ֖ת (ḇə·ma·‘ă·lōṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4609: Elevation, the act, the condition, a climactic progression

lest
אֲשֶׁ֛ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

your nakedness
עֶרְוָתְךָ֖ (‘er·wā·ṯə·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6172: Nakedness

be exposed
תִגָּלֶ֥ה (ṯig·gā·leh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1540: To denude, to exile, to reveal

on it.’
עַֽל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against
(26) Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar.--When the dress of the priests had been so arranged that no exposure of the person was possible (verses 42, 43), this precept became unnecessary. Thus it would seem that Solomon's altar had steps. (Compare 2Chronicles 4:1 with Ezekiel 43:17.)

Verse 26. - Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar. Here the reason of decency, added in the text, is obvious; and the law would necessarily continue until sacerdotal vestments of a very different character from the clothes commonly worn by Orientals were introduced (38:3-43). After their introduction, the reason for the law, and with it the law itself, would drop The supposed "slope of earth" by which the priests are thought to have ascended to the "ledge" on the altar of burnt offerings, and the "inclined plane," said by Josephus to have given access to the great altar of Solomon, rest on no sufficient authority, and are probably pure fictions. As soon as an ascent was needed, owing to the height of the altar, it was probably an ascent by steps (See Ezekiel 43:17.)



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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