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Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments.

Exodus 20:1 And the LORDE spake all these wordes, and sayde: Exodus 20:2 I am the LORDE thy God, which haue brought the out of the londe of Egipte from ye house of bondage. Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt haue none other Goddes in my sight. Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt make the no grauen ymage ner eny symilitude, nether of it that is aboue in heauen, ner of it that is beneth vpon earth, ner of it that is in the water vnder the earth. Exodus 20:5 Worshipe them not, and serue them not: for I the LORDE thy God am a gelouse God, vysitinge ye synne of the fathers vpon the children, vnto ye thirde and fourth generacion, of them that hate me: Exodus 20:6 And do mercye vpo many thousandes, that loue me, and kepe my commaundementes. Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of ye LORDE thy God in vayne. For the LORDE shal not holde him vngiltie, that taketh his name in vayne. Exodus 20:8 Remembre the Sabbath daie, that thou sanctifie it. Exodus 20:9 Sixe dayes shalt thou laboure and do all thy worke: Exodus 20:10 But vpon the seuenth daye is the Sabbath of the LORDE thy God: thou shalt do no maner worke in it, nether thou, ner thy sonne, ner thy doughter, ner thy seruaunt, ner thy mayde, ner thy catell, ner thy straunger that is within thy gates. Exodus 20:11 For in sixe dayes the LORDE made heauen and earth, and the see, and all that therin is, and rested vpon the seuenth daye: therfore the LORDE blessed the seuenth daye, & halowed it.

Exodus 20:12 Honoure thy father and thy mother, that thou mayest lyue longe in the londe, which the LORDE thy God shal geue the. Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kyll. Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not breake wedlocke. Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steale. Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt beare no false wytnesse agaynst thy neghboure. Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not lust after yi neghbours house. Thou shalt not lust after thy neghbours wife, ner his seruaut, ner his mayde, ner his oxe, ner his Asse, ner all that thy neghboure hath

The people are afraid.

Exodus 20:18 And all the people sawe the thonder and the lightenynge, and the noyse of the trompet, and how that the mountayne smoked, and were afrayed, and stackerd, & stode afarre of, Exodus 20:19 and sayde vnto Moses: Talke thou with vs, we wil heare: and let not God talke with vs, we might els dye.

Moses comforteth them.

Exodus 20:20 And Moses sayde vnto the people: Be not afrayed, for God is come to proue you, and that his feare maye be before youre eyes, yt ye synne not. Exodus 20:21 And the people stode afarre of. But Moses gat him in to the darcke cloude, where in God was.

Idolatry is forbidden.

Exodus 20:22 And the LORDE spake vnto him: Thus shalt thou saye vnto the children of Israel: Ye haue sene, that I haue talked wt you from heauen: Exodus 20:23 therfore shal ye make nothinge with me: goddes of syluer and golde shal ye not make you.

Of what sort the altar should be.

Exodus 20:24 Make me an altare of earth, wher vpon thou mayest offer yi burntofferynges, & peaceofferynges, thy shepe and thine oxen. For loke in what place so euer I make ye remembraunce of my name, there wil I come vnto the, and blesse the. Exodus 20:25 And yf thou wilt make me an altare of stone, thou shalt not make it of hewen stone: For yf thou lift vp thy tole vpon it, thou shalt vnhalowe it. Exodus 20:26 Morouer thou shalt not go vp vpon steppes vnto myne altare, that thy shame be not discouered before it.

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