What’s In a Name ?

What a person is named or called is a sensitive issue for many. What Mom or Dad thought was a unique and lovely name for their newborn may later cause that child to be ridiculed. A guy who is a “Jr.” may feel he can never be the achiever his Dad was. Some love nicknames. Some hate them.

What about God’s name and how are we to treat it? That is the topic as we continue in my snippet blog series of Lighthouse Lamps—the Ten Commandments— which can serve as directional tools so we can see where we are going and stay on a productive path. Read the third instruction below translated from the laws to live by which God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai. Early transcriptions were in Hebrew. Below are modern translations in English, French, Spanish, and German. Read in your mother tongue and/or a language you understand. You may also listen to these words in an app such as Google Translate.

English—You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Exodus 20:7 NIV (Holy Bible New International Version)

Français–Tu ne prononceras pas mon nom de manière abusive. Exode 20.7 NFC (La Sainte Bible Nouvelle Français Courant)

Español—No hagas mal uso del nombre del Señor tu Dios. Éxodo 20.7 DHH94 (La Santa Biblia Dios Habla Hoy 1994)

Deutsch—Du sollst meinen Namen nicht missbrauchen. 2.Mose/Exodus 20,7 HFA (Die Bibel, Hoffnung Für Alle)

Encouragement and Instruction from God’s Holy Word
Connie Carlisle Polley, 2021

View all blog posts in this series–10 Lighthouse Lamps

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