The Ten Commandments
The People Were Afraid
- 1 Moses called together the people of Israel and said:
Today I am telling you the laws and teachings that
you must follow, so listen carefully. 2 The Lord our God made an agreement
with our nation at Mount Sinai. 3 That agreement wasnt only with our
ancestors but with us, who are here today. 4 The Lord himself spoke to you
out of the fire, 5 but you were afraid of the fire and refused to go up the
mountain. So I spoke with the Lord for you, then I told you that he had said:
- 6 I am the Lord your God, the one who brought you
out of Egypt where you were slaves.
- 7 Do not worship any god except me.
8 Do not make idols that look like anything in the
sky or on earth or in the ocean under the earth. 9 Dont bow down and
worship idols. I am the Lord your God, and I demand all your love. If you
reject me and worship idols, I will punish your families for three or four
generations. 10 But if you love me and obey my laws, I will be kind to your
families for thousands of generations.
11 Do not misuse my name. I am the Lord your God,
and I will punish anyone who misuses my name.
12 Show respect for the Sabbath Dayit belongs
to me. 13 You have six days when you can do your work, 14
but the seventh day of the week belongs to me, your God. No one is to work
on that daynot you, your children, your oxen or donkeys or any other
animal, not even those foreigners who live in your towns. And dont make
your slaves do any work. 15 This special day of rest will remind you that
I reached out my mighty arm and rescued you from slavery in Egypt.
16 Respect your father and mother, and you will live
a long and successful life in the land I am giving you.
17 Do not murder.
18 Be faithful in marriage.
19 Do not steal.
20 Do not tell lies about others.
21 Do not want anything that belongs to someone else.
Dont want anyones wife or husband, house, land, slaves, oxen,
donkeys, or anything else.
- 22 When we were gathered on the mountain, the Lord
spoke to us in a loud voice from the dark fiery cloud. The Lord gave us these
commands, and only these. Then he wrote them on two flat stones and gave them
- Moses said to Israel:
- 23 When fire blazed from the mountain,
and you heard the voice coming from the darkness, your tribal
leaders came to me 24 and said:
- Today the Lord our God has shown
us how powerful and glorious he is. He spoke to us from the fire,
and we learned that people can live, even though God speaks to
them. 25 But we dont want to take a chance on being killed
by that terrible fire, and if we keep on hearing the Lords
voice, we will die. 26 Has anyone else ever heard the only true
God speaking from fire, as we have? And even if they have, would
they live to tell about it? 27 Moses, go up close and listen
to the Lord. Then come back and tell us, and we will do everything
28 The Lord heard you and said:
Moses, I heard what the people said to
you, and I approve. 29 I wish they would always worship me with
fear and trembling and be this willing to obey me! Then they
and their children would always enjoy a successful life.
30 Now, tell them to return to their
tents, 31 but you come back here to me. After I tell you my laws
and teachings, you will repeat them to the people, so they can
obey these laws in the land I am giving them.
- Moses said:
- 32 Israel, you must carefully obey
the Lords commands. 33 Follow them, because they make a
path that will lead to a long successful life in the land the
Lord your God is giving you.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary