The Ten Commandments
The People Are Afraid
- 1 God said to the people of Israel:
- 2 I am the Lord your God, the one who brought you
out of Egypt where you were slaves.
3 Do not worship any god except me.
4 Do not make idols that look like anything in the
sky or on earth or in the ocean under the earth. 5 Dont 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. 6 But
if you love me and obey my laws, I will be kind to your families for thousands
7 Do not misuse my name. I am the Lord your God, and
I will punish anyone who misuses my name.
8 Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs to me. 9 You
have six days when you can do your work, 10 but the seventh
day of each week belongs to me, your God. No one is to work on that daynot
you, your children, your slaves, your animals, or the foreigners who live
in your towns. 11 In six days I made the sky, the earth, the oceans, and everything
in them, but on the seventh day I rested. Thats why I made the Sabbath
a special day that belongs to me.
12 Respect your father and your mother, and you will
live a long time in the land I am giving you.
13 Do not murder.
14 Be faithful in marriage.
15 Do not steal.
16 Do not tell lies about others.
17 Do not want anything that belongs to someone else.
Dont want anyones house, wife or husband, slaves, oxen, donkeys
or anything else.
18 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
19 and said to Moses, If you speak to us, we will listen.
But dont let God speak to us, or we will die!
Idols and Altars
20 Dont be afraid! Moses
replied. God has come only to test you, so that by obeying
him you wont sin. 21 But when Moses went near the
thick cloud where God was, the people stayed a long way off.
- 22 The Lord told Moses to say to
the people of Israel:
- With your own eyes, you saw me speak
to you from heaven. 23 So you must never make idols of silver
or gold to worship in place of me.
24 Build an altar out of earth, and offer
on it your sacrifices of sheep, goats, and cattle. Wherever I
choose to be worshiped, I will come down to bless you. 25 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. 26 And dont build an altar that requires steps;
you might expose yourself when you climb up.
The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary