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Exodus 20:16-26 (New International Version)

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16 "You shall not give false testimony1 against your neighbor.2 17 "You shall not covet3 your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor." 18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet4 and saw the mountain in smoke,5 they trembled with fear.6 They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak7 to us or we will die."8 20 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid.9 God has come to test10 you, so that the fear11 of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."12 21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness13 where God was.

Idols and Altars

22 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Tell the Israelites this: 'You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven:14 23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me;15 do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.16 24 " 'Make an altar17 of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings18 and fellowship offerings,a your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name19 to be honored, I will come to you and bless20 you. 25 If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool21 on it. 26 And do not go up to my altar on steps, lest your nakedness22 be exposed on it.'
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