Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments

1Then God spoke all these words, saying,

2 a  “I am the  Lord your God b  who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of
Lit slaves

3 d  You shall have no other e  gods
Or besides Me
before Me.

4 g  You shall not make for yourself
Or a graven image
an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
5 i  You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the  Lord your God, am a j  jealous God k  visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6but showing lovingkindness to l  thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

7 m  You shall not take the name of the  Lord your God in vain, for the  Lord will not
Or hold him guiltless
leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

8Remember o  the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 p  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a sabbath of the  Lord your God; in it q  you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who
Lit is in your gates
stays with you.
11 s  For in six days the  Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the  Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

12 t  Honor your father and your mother, that your u  days may be prolonged in the land which the  Lord your God gives you.

13 v  You shall not murder.

14 w  You shall not commit adultery.

15 x  You shall not steal.

16 y  You shall not bear false witness against your z  neighbor.

17 aa  You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; ab  you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

18 ac  All the people perceived the
Lit sounds
thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance.
19 ae  Then they said to Moses, “Speak
Lit with
to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak
Lit with
to us, or we will die.”
20Moses said to the people ah  Do not be afraid; for God has come in order ai  to test you, and in order that aj  the fear of Him may
Lit be before
remain with you, so that you may not sin.”
21So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached al  the thick cloud where God was.

22Then the  Lord said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘You yourselves have seen that am  I have spoken
Lit with
to you from heaven.
23ao  You shall not make other gods besides Me; ap  gods of silver or gods of gold, you shall not make for yourselves. 24You shall make aq  an altar of earth for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your ar  burnt offerings and your as  peace offerings, at  your sheep and your oxen; in every place au  where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you. 25If you make an altar of stone for Me, av  you shall not build it of cut stones, for if you wield your tool on it, you will profane it. 26And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, so that aw  your nakedness will not be exposed on it.’
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