Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb,1 when he said to me, "Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn2 to revere3 me as long as they live in the land4 and may teach5 them to their children."
You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain6 while it blazed with fire7 to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness.812
Then the LORD spoke9 to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form;10 there was only a voice.1113
He declared to you his covenant,12 the Ten Commandments,13 which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.
And the LORD directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws14 you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.
You saw no form15 of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb16 out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully,1716
so that you do not become corrupt18 and make for yourselves an idol,19 an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman,
or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air,2018
or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below.
And when you look up to the sky and see the sun,21 the moon and the stars22--all the heavenly array23--do not be enticed24 into bowing down to them and worshiping25 things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.
But as for you, the LORD took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace,26 out of Egypt,27 to be the people of his inheritance,28 as you now are.