The Second Set of Commandments
1 One day the Lord said to Moses, Cut
two flat stones like the first ones I made, and I will write on
them the same commandments that were on the two you broke. 2 Be
ready tomorrow morning to come up Mount Sinai and meet me at the
top. 3 No one is to come with you or to be on the mountain at
all. Dont even let the sheep and cattle graze at the foot
of the mountain. 4 So Moses cut two flat stones like the
first ones, and early the next morning he carried them to the
top of Mount Sinai, just as the Lord had commanded.
A Promise and Its Demands
5 The Lord God came down in a cloud and
stood beside Moses there on the mountain. God spoke his holy name,
the Lord. 6 Then he passed in front of Moses and called
out, I am the Lord God. I am merciful and very patient with
my people. I show great love, and I can be trusted. 7 I keep my
promises to my people forever, but I also punish anyone who sins.
When people sin, I punish them and their children, and also their
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
8 Moses quickly bowed down to the ground
and worshiped the Lord. 9 He prayed, Lord, if you really
are pleased with me, I pray that you will go with us. It is true
that these people are sinful and rebellious, but forgive our sin
and let us be your people.
(Exodus 23.14-19; Deuteronomy
Moses Comes Down from Mount Sinai
- 10 The Lord said:
I promise to perform miracles for you
that have never been seen anywhere on earth. Neighboring nations
will stand in fear and know that I was the one who did these
marvelous things. 11 I will force out the Amorites, the Canaanites,
the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites,
but you must do what I command you today. 12 Dont make
treaties with any of those people. If you do, it will be like
falling into a trap. 13 Instead, you must destroy
their altars and tear down the sacred poles they use in the worship
of the goddess Asherah. 14 I demand your complete loyaltyyou
must not worship any other god! 15 Dont make treaties with
the people there, or you will soon find yourselves worshiping
their gods and taking part in their sacrificial meals. 16 Your
men will even marry their women and be influenced to worship
17 Dont make metal images of gods.
18 Dont fail to
observe the Festival of Thin Bread in the month of Abib. Obey
me and eat bread without yeast for seven days during Abib, because
that is the month you left Egypt.
19 The first-born males of your families
and of your flocks and herds belong to me.
20 You can save the life of a first-born
donkey by sacrificing a lamb; if you dont, you must break
the donkeys neck. You must save every first-born son.
Bring an offering every time you come
21 Do your work in six days and rest
on the seventh day, even during the seasons for plowing and harvesting.
22 Celebrate the Harvest Festival each spring
when you start harvesting your wheat, and celebrate the Festival
of Shelters each autumn when you pick your fruit.
23 Your men must come to worship me three
times a year, because I am the Lord God of Israel. 24 I will
force the nations out of your land and enlarge your borders.
Then no one will try to take your property when you come to worship
me these three times each year.
25 When you sacrifice an animal on the
altar, dont offer bread made with yeast. And dont
save any part of the Passover meal for the next day.
26 I am the Lord your God, and you must
bring the first part of your harvest to the place of worship.
Dont boil a young goat in its mothers
- 27 The Lord told Moses to put these
laws in writing, as part of his agreement with Israel. 28 Moses
stayed on the mountain with the Lord for forty days and nights,
without eating or drinking. And he wrote down the Ten Commandments,
the most important part of Gods agreement with his people.
- 29 Moses came down from Mount Sinai,
carrying the Ten Commandments. His face was shining brightly
because the Lord had been speaking to him. But Moses did not
know at first that his face was shining. 30 When Aaron and the
others looked at Moses, they saw that his face was shining, and
they were afraid to go near him. 31 Moses called out for Aaron
and the leaders to come to him, and he spoke with them. 32 Then
the rest of the people of Israel gathered around Moses, and he
gave them the laws that the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.
33 The face of Moses kept shining, and
after he had spoken with the people, he covered his face with
a veil. 34 Moses would always remove the veil when he went into
the sacred tent to speak with the Lord. And when he came out,
he would tell the people everything the Lord had told him to
say. 35 They could see that his face was still shining. So after
he had spoken with them, he would put the veil back on and leave
it on until the next time he went to speak with the Lord.
The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American
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