Exodus 20:6

6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Read Exodus 20:6 Using Other Translations

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.

What does Exodus 20:6 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 20:6

And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me
And show their love by worshipping God, and him only, by serving him acceptably with reverence and godly fear, by a cheerful obedience to all his commands, by all religious exercises, both internal and external, as follows:

and keep my commandments;
not only this, but all others; for keeping these from right principles, and with right views, is an instance and evidence of love to God, see ( John 14:15 John 14:21 John 14:23 ) and to such persons he shows mercy and kindness, performs acts of grace, and bestows on them blessings of goodness; and indeed it is owing to his own grace, mercy, and kindness to them, that they do love him, and from a principle of love observe his precepts; and this is shown to thousands, to multitudes, who are blessed with such grace as to love the Lord, and keep his commandments: though rather this is to be understood of a thousand generations, and not persons, and should have been supplied, as in the preceding verse, "unto a thousand generations", God being more abundant in showing mercy, and exercising grace and goodness, than he is rigorous in inflicting punishment.

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