1611 King James Bible

Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments.

Exodus 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying, Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which haue brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage: Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt haue no other Gods before me. Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make vnto thee any grauen Image, or any likenesse [of any thing] that is in heauen aboue, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water vnder the earth. Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow downe thy selfe to them, nor serue them: For I the LORD thy God [am] a iealous God, visiting the iniquitie of the fathers vpon the children, vnto the thirde and fourth [generation] of them that hate me: Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercy vnto thousands of them that loue mee, and keepe my Commandements. Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the Name of the LORD thy God in vaine: for the LORD will not holde him guiltlesse, that taketh his Name in vaine. Exodus 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keepe it holy. Exodus 20:9 Sixe dayes shalt thou labour, and doe all thy worke: Exodus 20:10 But the seuenth day [is] the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not doe any worke, thou, nor thy sonne, nor thy daughter, thy man seruant, nor thy mayd seruant, nor thy cattell, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: Exodus 20:11 For in sixe dayes the LORD made heauen and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seuenth day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and halowed it.

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy dayes may bee long vpon the land, which the LORD thy God giueth thee. Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steale. Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not beare false witnes against thy neighbour. Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not couet thy neighbours house, thou shalt not couet thy neighbours wife, nor his man seruant, nor his maid seruant, nor his oxe, nor his asse, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbours.

The people are afraid.

Exodus 20:18 And all the people saw the thundrings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountaine smoking: and when the people saw it, they remooued, and stood a farre off. Exodus 20:19 And they saide vnto Moses, Speake thou with vs, and wee will heare: But let not God speake with vs, lest we die.

Moses comforteth them.

Exodus 20:20 And Moses said vnto the people, Feare not: for God is come to prooue you, and that his feare may bee before your faces, that ye sinne not. Exodus 20:21 And the people stood afarre off, and Moses drew neere vnto the thicke darkenes, where God was.

Idolatry is forbidden.

Exodus 20:22 And the LORD said vnto Moses, Thus thou shalt say vnto the children of Israel, Yee haue seene that I haue talked with you from heauen. Exodus 20:23 Ye shall not make with me gods of siluer, neither shall ye make vnto you gods of gold.

Of what sort the altar should be.

Exodus 20:24 An Altar of earth thou shalt make vnto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheepe, and thine oxen: In all places where I record my Name, I will come vnto thee, and I will blesse thee. Exodus 20:25 And if thou wilt make mee an Altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewen stone: for if thou lift vp thy toole vpon it, thou hast polluted it. Exodus 20:26 Neither shalt thou goe vp by steps vnto mine Altar, that thy nakednesse be not discouered thereon.

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