The threat of punishment

The second part of the commandment states: "... for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." This makes clear that God's commandments must be taken seriously. The Bible is silent on the question of what this punishment specifically entails. Anyone who becomes aware that he has used God's name in vain and repents of it may hope for forgiveness.


Love for God and the fear of God–not fear of any punishment–should be the primary motivation for obeying the Second Commandment.