Exodus 20 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then God instructed the people as follows: 1 And God spoke all these words:
2 "I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt. 2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 "Do not worship any other gods besides me. 3 "You shall have no other gods before me.
4 "Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish. 4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
5 You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god! I do not leave unpunished the sins of those who hate me, but I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
6 But I lavish my love on those who love me and obey my commands, even for a thousand generations. 6 but showing love to a thousand [ generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 "Do not misuse the name of the LORD your God. The LORD will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name. 7 "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
8 "Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 8 "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
9 Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work, 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
10 but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the LORD your God. On that day no one in your household may do any kind of work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.
11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; then he rested on the seventh day. That is why the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 "Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God will give you. 12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
13 "Do not murder. 13 "You shall not murder.
14 "Do not commit adultery. 14 "You shall not commit adultery.
15 "Do not steal. 15 "You shall not steal.
16 "Do not testify falsely against your neighbor. 16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 "Do not covet your neighbor's house. Do not covet your neighbor's wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else your neighbor owns." 17 "You shall not covet 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 heard the thunder and the loud blast of the horn, and when they saw the lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear. 18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance
19 And they said to Moses, "You tell us what God says, and we will listen. But don't let God speak directly to us. If he does, we will die!" 19 and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die."
20 "Don't be afraid," Moses said, "for God has come in this way to show you his awesome power. From now on, let your fear of him keep you from sinning!" 20 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."
21 As the people stood in the distance, Moses entered into the deep darkness where God was. 21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
22 And the LORD said to Moses, "Say this to the people of Israel: You are witnesses that I have spoken to you from heaven. 22 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Tell the Israelites this: 'You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven:
23 Remember, you must not make or worship idols of silver or gold. 23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.
24 "The altars you make for me must be simple altars of earth. Offer on such altars your sacrifices to me -- your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Build altars in the places where I remind you who I am, and I will come and bless you there. 24 " 'Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you.
25 If you build altars from stone, use only uncut stones. Do not chip or shape the stones with a tool, for that would make them unfit for holy use. 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 tool on it.
26 And you may not approach my altar by steps. If you do, someone might look up under the skirts of your clothing and see your nakedness. 26 And do not go up to my altar on steps, lest your nakedness be exposed on it.'