EXODUS CHAPTER TWENTY

EXODUS CHAPTER TWENTY

1 God told the Israelites: 2 “I am the LORD

Your God, the one who brought you out of Egypt

Where you were slaves. 3 Don’t worship any God

But me. 4 Do not make idols that look like

Anything in the sky or on the earth

Or in the ocean underneath the earth.

5 Do not bow down and worship idols. I’m

The LORD your God, and I demand your love.

If you reject me, I will punish all

Your families for generations−three

Or four, 6 but if you love me and obey

My laws, I’ll treat your families kindly for

Thousands of generations. 7 Don’t misuse

My name. I am the LORD your God, and I

Will punish anyone who does misuse

My name. 8 Remember that the Sabbath Day

Belongs to me. 9 You have six days when you

Can do your work, 10 but on the seventh day

Each week, the day belongs to me, your God.

No one shall work on that day–not you, your children,

Your slaves, your animals, or foreigners

Residing in your towns, for in six days

I made the sky, the earth, the oceans, and

All that’s in them, but on the seventh day

I rested, which is why I made the Sabbath

A special day that’s mine. Respect your father

And mother, and you’ll live a long time in

The land I’m giving you. Don’t murder. Be

Faithful in marriage. Do not steal. Do not

Tell lies of others. Don’t want anything

That’s someone else’s property. Don’t covet

Their house, their wife or husband, slaves or oxen,

Donkeys or anything else.” People shook

With fear when they heard thunder, heard the trumpet,

And saw the lightning and the smoke that came

Out of the mountain. They stood far away

And said to Moses, “If you speak to us,

We’ll listen, but don’t let God speak to us,

Or we will die.” “Do not be scared,” said Moses.

“God has come only to test you, so by

Obeying him you will not sin,” but when

He went near the thick cloud where God was, people

Stayed far away. The LORD told Moses to

Say to the Israelites: “With your own eyes,

You saw me speak to you from heaven. You

Must therefore never fashion idols from

Gold or silver to worship in my place.

Go build an altar out of earth, and offer

On it your sacrifices of your sheep,

Cattle and goats. Wherever I may choose

To have you worship me, I will come down

To bless you. If you ever build an altar

For me from stones, do not use tools to chisel

The stones, for that would make the altar unfit,

26 And do not build an altar that needs steps;

You might expose yourself when you climb up.”