The Ten Commandments
1God said to the people of Israel:
2I am the Lord your God, the one who brought you out of Egypt where you were slaves.
3Do not worship any god except me.
4 # Ex 34.17Lv 19.4Lv 26.1Dt 4.15-1827.14-26 Do not make idols that look like anything in the sky or on earth or in the ocean under the earth. 5#Ex 34.67Nu 14.18Dt 7.910 Don't bow down and worship idols. I am the Lord your God, and I demand all your love. If you reject me, I will punish your families for three or four generations. 6But if you love me and obey my laws, I will be kind to your families for thousands of generations.
7 # Lv 19.12 Do not misuse my name.#20.7 misuse my name: Probably includes breaking promises, telling lies after swearing to tell the truth, using the Lord's name as a curse word or a magic formula, and trying to control the Lord by using his name. I am the Lord your God, and I will punish anyone who misuses my name.
8 # Ex 16.23-3031.12-15 Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs to me. 9#Ex 23.12Ex 31.1415Ex 34.21Ex 35.2Lv 23.3 You have six days when you can do your work, 10but the seventh day of each week belongs to me, your God. No one is to work on that day—not you, your children, your slaves, your animals, or the foreigners who live in your towns. 11#Gn 2.1-3Ex 31.17 In six days I made the sky, the earth, the oceans, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That's why I made the Sabbath a special day that belongs to me.
12 # Dt 27.14-26Mt 15.4Mt 19.19Mk 7.10Mk 10.19Lk 18.20Eph 6.2 Eph 6.3 Respect your father and your mother, and you will live a long time in the land I am giving you.
13 # Gn 9.56Lv 24.17Mt 5.21Mt 19.18Mk 10.19Lk 18.20Ro 13.9Jas 2.11 Do not murder.
14 # Lv 20.10Mt 5.27Mt 19.18Mk 10.19Lk 18.20Ro 13.9Jas 2.11 Be faithful in marriage.
15 # Lv 19.11Mt 19.18Mk 10.19Lk 18.20Ro 13.9 Do not steal.
16 # Ex 23.1Mt 19.18Mk 10.19Lk 18.20 Do not tell lies about others.
17 # Ro 7.7Ro 13.9 Do not desire to possess anything that belongs to another person—not a house, a wife, a husband, a slave, an ox, a donkey, or anything else.
The People Are Afraid
18 # He 12.1819 The people trembled with fear when they heard the thunder and the trumpet and saw the lightning and the smoke coming from the mountain. They stood a long way off 19and said to Moses, “If you speak to us, we will listen. But don't let God speak to us, or we will die!”
20“Don't be afraid!” Moses replied. “God has come only to test you, so that by obeying him you won't sin.” 21But when Moses went near the thick cloud where God was, the people stayed a long way off.
Idols and Altars
22The Lord told Moses to say to the people of Israel:
With your own eyes you saw me speak to you from heaven. 23So you must never make idols of silver or gold to worship in place of me.#20.23 in place of me: Or “together with me.”
24Build an altar out of earth, and offer on it your sacrifices#20.24 sacrifices: The Hebrew text mentions two types of sacrifices: Sacrifices to please the Lord (traditionally called “whole burnt offerings”) and sacrifices to ask the Lord's blessing (traditionally called “peace offerings”). of sheep, goats, and cattle. Wherever I choose to be worshiped, I will come down to bless you. 25#Dt 27.5-7Js 8.30-32 If you ever build an altar for me out of stones, do not use any tools to chisel the stones, because that would make the altar unfit for use in worship. 26And don't build an altar that requires steps; you might expose yourself when you climb up.