What is the purpose of the word 'take' in the expression "take the Lord's name in vain"? I understand that it can be replaced with 'say' or 'use'. Does 'take' in that case just mean you are accepting the lord's name in vain (as in you're accepting the use of his name without purpose), like 'take something for granted'?
Maybe give me a few examples where the word 'take' is used in a similar way.
That's the question; the following is more of a comment on it if you will. Obviously you often take the purpose of a word in a sentence for granted, often because it's used regularly around you and you just pick it up. Now, just a little background, English is my second language, and I find that I often overthink the purpose of each word in a sentence, especially if I haven't seen the words be used in such a way before, in order to better my understanding of the English language. I also find that in my native language I do just take for granted how a sentence is structured because, well, I just picked it up without even considering the purpose each word serves in the sentence. However I find that if I know the alternative purpose of a word then I can make better use of it in the future and not just understand that one sentence but plenty other similar ones.