Bishops' Bible

Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments.

Exodus 20:1 And God spake all these wordes, and said. Exodus 20:2 I am the Lord thy GOD, whiche haue brought thee out of the lande of Egypt, out of ye house of bondage. Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt haue none other Gods in my sight. Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt make thee no grauen image, neyther any similitude that is in heauen aboue, eyther in the earth beneath, or in the waters vnder the earth. Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bowe downe to them, neyther serue them: for I the Lord thy God, am a gelous God, and visite the sinne of the fathers vpon the chyldren, vnto the thirde and fourth generation of them that hate me: Exodus 20:6 And shewe mercy vnto thousandes in them that loue me, and kepe my commaundementes. Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lorde thy God in vayne: for the Lorde will not holde him giltlesse that taketh his name in vayne. Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabboth day that thou sanctifie it. Exodus 20:9 Sixe dayes shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do. Exodus 20:10 But the seuenth day is the sabboth of the Lorde thy God: in it thou shalt do no maner of worke, thou and thy sonne, and thy daughter, thy man seruaunt, and thy mayde seruaunt, thy cattel, and the straunger that is within thy gates. Exodus 20:11 For in sixe dayes the Lorde made heauen and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seuenth day: wherfore the Lorde blessed the seuenth day, and halowed it.

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy dayes may be long in the lande whiche the Lorde thy God geueth thee. Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kyll. Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adulterie. Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steale. Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not beare false witnesse agaynst thy neyghbour. Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not couet thy neyghbours house, neyther shalt thou couet thy neyghbours wyfe, nor his man seruaut, nor his mayde, nor his oxe, nor his asse, or whatsoeuer thy neighbour hath.

The people are afraid.

Exodus 20:18 And all the people saw the thunder and lightning, and the noyse of the trumpet, and the mountayne smoking: And when the people sawe it, they remoued, and stoode a farre of: Exodus 20:19 And said vnto Moyses, Talke thou with vs, and we wyll heart: But let not God talke with vs, lest we dye.

Moses comforteth them.

Exodus 20:20 And Moyses sayde vnto the people: feare not, for God is come to proue you, and that his feare may be before your eyes, that ye sinne not. Exodus 20:21 And the people stoode a farre of: and Moyses went into the thicke cloude where God was.

Idolatry is forbidden.

Exodus 20:22 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moyses, Thus thou shalt say vnto the chyldren of Israel: Ye haue seene that I haue talked with you from out of heauen. Exodus 20:23 Ye shall not make therfore with me gods of siluer, neyther shall ye make ye gods of golde.

Of what sort the altar should be.

Exodus 20:24 An aulter of earth thou shalt make vnto me, and theron offer thy burnt offeringes, and thy peace offeringes, thy sheepe, and thyne oxen: In all places where I shall put the remembraunce of my name, thyther I wyll come vnto thee, and blesse thee. Exodus 20:25 And if thou wylt make me an aulter of stone, see thou make it not of hewen stone: els if thou lyft vp thy toole vpon it, thou hast poluted it. Exodus 20:26 Neyther shalt thou go vp by steppes vnto myne aulter, that thy shame be not shewed theron.

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