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Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments.

Exodus 20:1 Then God spake all these wordes, saying, Exodus 20:2 I am the Lorde thy God, which haue brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt haue none other Gods before me. Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt make thee no grauen image, neither any similitude of things that are in heauen aboue, neither that are in the earth beneath, nor that are in the waters vnder the earth. Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bowe downe to them, neither serue them: for I am the Lord thy God, a ielous God, visiting the iniquitie of the fathers vpon the children, vpon the third generation and vpon the fourth of them that hate me: Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercie vnto thousandes to them that loue me, & keepe my commandemets. Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lorde thy God in vaine: for the Lorde will not hold him guiltles that taketh his Name in vayne. 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 do any worke, thou, nor thy sonne, nor thy daughter, thy man seruant, nor thy mayde, nor thy beast, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. Exodus 20:11 For in sixe dayes the Lord made the heauen and the earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seuenth day: therefore the Lorde blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy dayes may be prolonged vpon the land, which the Lord thy God giueth thee. Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adulterie. 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, neither shalt thou couet thy neighbours wife, nor his man seruant, nor his mayde, nor his oxe, nor his asse, neyther any thing that is thy neighbours.

The people are afraid.

Exodus 20:18 And all the people sawe the thunders, and the lightnings, & the sound of the trumpet, and the mountaine smoking & when the people saw it they fled and stoode afare off, Exodus 20:19 And sayde vnto Moses, Talke thou with vs, and we will heare: but let not God talke with vs, lest we die.

Moses comforteth them.

Exodus 20:20 Then Moses sayde vnto the people, Feare not: for God is come to proue you, & that his feare may be before you, that ye sinne not. Exodus 20:21 So the people stoode afarre off, but Moses drew neere vnto the darkenes where God was.

Idolatry is forbidden.

Exodus 20:22 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moses, Thus thou shalt say vnto the children of Israel, Ye haue seene that I haue talked with you from heauen. Exodus 20:23 Ye shall not make therefore with me gods of siluer, nor gods of golde: you shall make you none.

Of what sort the altar should be.

Exodus 20:24 An altar of earth thou shalt make vnto me, and thereon shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheepe, and thine oxen: in all places, where I shall put the remembrance of my Name, I will come vnto thee, and blesse thee. Exodus 20:25 But if thou wilt make mee an altar of stone, thou shalt not buylde it of hewen stones: for if thou lift vp thy toole vpon them, thou hast polluted them. Exodus 20:26 Neither shalt thou goe vp by steppes vnto mine altar, that thy filthines be not discouered thereon.

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