Bible: Ex 20


The Decalogue


God spoke all these words: 2 

20:2I, 3  the Lord, am your God, 4  who brought you 5  from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. 6 

20:3You shall have no 7  other gods before me. 8 

20:4You shall not make for yourself a carved image 9  or any likeness 10  of anything 11  that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath or that is in the water below. 12  20:5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, 13  for I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous 14  God, responding to 15  the transgression of fathers by dealing with children to the third and fourth generations 16  of those who reject me, 17  20:6 and showing covenant faithfulness 18  to a thousand generations 19  of those who love me and keep my commandments.

20:7You shall not take 20  the name of the Lord your God in vain, 21  for the Lord will not hold guiltless 22  anyone who takes his name in vain.

20:8Remember 23  the Sabbath 24  day to set it apart as holy. 25  20:9 For six days 26  you may labor 27  and do all your work, 28  20:10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on it 29  you shall not do any work, you, 30  or your son, or your daughter, or your male servant, or your female servant, or your cattle, or the resident foreigner who is in your gates. 31  20:11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, and he rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

20:12Honor 32  your father and your mother, that you may live a long time 33  in the land 34  the Lord your God is giving to you.

20:13You shall not murder. 35 

20:14You shall not commit adultery. 36 

20:15You shall not steal. 37 

20:16You shall not give 38  false testimony 39  against your neighbor.

20:17You shall not covet 40  your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.” 41 

20:18 All the people were seeing 42  the thundering and the lightning, and heard 43  the sound of the horn, and saw 44  the mountain smoking – and when 45  the people saw it they trembled with fear 46  and kept their distance. 47  20:19 They said to Moses, “You speak 48  to us and we will listen, but do not let God speak with us, lest we die.” 20:20 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, 49  that the fear of him 50  may be before you so that you do not 51  sin.” 20:21 The people kept 52  their distance, but Moses drew near the thick darkness 53  where God was. 54 


The Altar


The Lord said 56  to Moses: “Thus you will tell the Israelites: ‘You yourselves have seen that I have spoken with you from heaven. 20:23 You must not make gods of silver alongside me, 57  nor make gods of gold for yourselves. 58 

20:24You must make for me an altar made of earth, 59  and you will sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, 60  your sheep and your cattle. In every place 61  where I cause my name to be honored 62  I will come to you and I will bless you. 20:25 If you make me an altar of stone, you must not build it 63  of stones shaped with tools, 64  for if you use your tool on it you have defiled it. 65  20:26 And you must not go up by steps to my altar, so that your nakedness is not exposed.’ 66 

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