1 MosesI convenedII allIII IsraelIV and said to them:
“Hear,V O Israel, the statutesVI and ordinancesVII
that I am addressingVIII to youIX today;X you shall learnXI them and observe them diligently.XII
2 The LordXIII our GodXIV madeXV
a covenantXVI with us at Horeb.XVII 3 Not with our ancestorsXVIII did the Lord make this covenant but with us, who are all of us here aliveXIX today.
4 The Lord spokeXX with you faceXXI to face at the mountain,XXII out ofXXIII the fire.XXIV
5 (At that timeXXV I was standingXXVI betweenXXVII the Lord andXXVIII you
to declareXXIX to you the wordXXX of the Lord, for you were afraidXXXI because ofXXXII the fire and did not go upXXXIII the mountain.)
And he said:
6 “‘I am the Lord your God, who broughtXXXIV you out of the landXXXV of Egypt,XXXVI out of the houseXXXVII of slavery;XXXVIII
7 you shall haveXXXIX no otherXL godsXLI beforeXLII me.
8 “‘You shall not makeXLIII for yourself an idol,XLIV whether in the formXLV
of anythingXLVI that is in heavenXLVII aboveXLVIII or that is on the earthXLIX beneathL or that is in the waterLI underLII the earth.
9 You shall not bow downLIII to them or serveLIV them, for I the Lord your God am a jealousLV God,LVI punishingLVII childrenLVIII
for the iniquityLIX of parentsLX to the thirdLXI and fourthLXII generation of those who rejectLXIII me
10 but showingLXIV steadfast loveLXV to the thousandthLXVI generation
of those who loveLXVII me and keepLXVIII my commandments.LXIX
11 “‘You shall not make wrongfulLXX useLXXI of the nameLXXII of the Lord your God,LXXIII for the Lord will not acquitLXXIV anyone who misusesLXXV his name.
12 “‘ObserveLXXVI the SabbathLXXVII dayLXXVIII and keep it holy,LXXIX
as the Lord your GodLXXX commandedLXXXI you. 13 SixLXXXII days you shall laborLXXXIII and doLXXXIV all your work.LXXXV
14 But the seventhLXXXVI day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God;LXXXVII you shall not do anyLXXXVIII work—you, or your sonLXXXIX or your daughter,XC or your maleXCI or female slave,XCII
or your oxXCIII or your donkey,XCIV or any of your livestock,XCV or the resident alienXCVI in your towns,XCVII so that your male and female slave may restXCVIII as well as you.
15 RememberXCIX that you were a slaveC in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your GodCI brought you out from there with a mightyCII handCIII
and an outstretchedCIV arm;CV thereforeCVI the Lord your GodCVII commanded you to keepCVIII the Sabbath day.
16 “‘HonorCIX your fatherCX and your mother,CXI as the Lord your GodCXII commanded you,
so that your days may be longCXIII and that it may go wellCXIV with you in the landCXV that the Lord your GodCXVI is givingCXVII you.
17 “‘You shall not murder.CXVIII
18 “‘Neither shall you commit adultery.CXIX
19 “‘Neither shall you steal.CXX
20 “‘Neither shall you bearCXXI falseCXXII witnessCXXIII against your neighbor.CXXIV
21 “‘Neither shall you covetCXXV your neighbor’s wife.CXXVI
“‘Neither shall you desireCXXVII your neighbor’s house, or field,CXXVIII or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.’”
22 “These words the Lord spoke with a loudCXXIX voiceCXXX to your wholeCXXXI assemblyCXXXII at the mountain,
out of the fire, the cloud,CXXXIII and the thick darkness,CXXXIV and he added no more.CXXXV He wroteCXXXVI them on twoCXXXVII stoneCXXXVIII tabletsCXXXIX and gave them to me.
23 CXLWhen you heard the voice out of the darkness,CXLI while the mountain was burningCXLII with fire, you approachedCXLIII me, all the headsCXLIV
of your tribesCXLV and your elders,CXLVI 24 and you said, ‘Look,CXLVII the Lord our GodCXLVIII has shownCXLIX us
his gloryCL and greatness,CLI and we have heard his voice out of the fire. We have seen this day that GodCLII may speak to someoneCLIII and the person may still live.CLIV
25 But now why should we die?CLV For this greatCLVI fire will consumeCLVII us; if we hear the voice of the Lord our GodCLVIII any longer,CLIX we shall die.
26 For who is there of all fleshCLX that has heard the voice of the livingCLXI GodCLXII speaking out of the fire, as we have, and lived?CLXIII
27 Go near,CLXIV you yourself, and hear all that the Lord our GodCLXV will say. Then tellCLXVI us everythingCLXVII that the Lord our GodCLXVIII tells you, and we will listenCLXIX and do it.’
28 “The Lord heardCLXX your words when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me, ‘I have heardCLXXI the words of this people,CLXXII which they have spoken to you; they are rightCLXXIII in all that they have spoken.
29 If onlyCLXXIV they had such a mindCLXXV as this, to fearCLXXVI me and to keepCLXXVII all my commandments always,CLXXVIII so that it might go well with them and with their children forever!CLXXIX
30 GoCLXXX say to them, “ReturnCLXXXI to your tents.”CLXXXII
31 But you, stand here by me, and I will tell you all the commandments, the statutes and the ordinances, that you shall teachCLXXXIII them, so that they may do them in the landCLXXXIV that I am giving them to possess.’CLXXXV
32 You must therefore be carefulCLXXXVI to do as the Lord your GodCLXXXVII has commanded you; you shall not turnCLXXXVIII to the rightCLXXXIX or to the left.CXC
33 You must followCXCI exactlyCXCII the pathCXCIII
that the Lord your GodCXCIV has commanded you, so that you may liveCXCV and that it may go wellCXCVI with you and that you may live long in the landCXCVII that you are to possess.
Image credit: “Moses ~ stained glass at Beth Shalom in Elkins Park.” Photo by Wayne Stratz, 2012.