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The Bible in Living English
5 Moses called out to all Israel “Listen, Israel, to the usages and laws that I am publishing to you today, and learn them and take care to live up to them. 2 Our God Jehovah made a covenant with us at Horeb: 3 it was not with our fathers that Jehovah made this covenant, but with us ourselves who are all alive here today. 4 Face to face Jehovah spoke with you at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, 5 I standing between Jehovah and you at that time to tell you Jehovah’s word because you were afraid at the fire and did not go up on the mountainside:— 6 “‘I am your God Jehovah who brought you out of Egypt, out of the slave-quarters. 7 “‘You shall not have other gods to face me down. 8* “You shall not make yourself a statue of any form in the skies above or on the earth beneath or in the water beneath the earth: 9 you shall not do reverence to them nor worship them; because I, your God Jehovah, am a jealous deity, visiting fathers’ guilt on children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren for those who hate me, 10* and befriending thousands for those who love me and keep my commandments. 11 “‘You shall not take the name of your God Jehovah in vain; for Jehovah will not acquit him who takes his name in vain. 12 “‘Mind the sabbath day, keeping it sacred, as your God Jehovah commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a sabbath for your God Jehovah: you shall not do any work, you nor your son or daughter nor your servant nor your ox or donkey or any of your cattle nor your immigrant within your gates, in order that your servant may rest as well as you. 15 And you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and your God Jehovah brought you out from there with strong hand and outstretched arm: for this reason your God Jehovah has commanded you to keep the sabbath day. 16 “‘Honor your father and your mother, as your God Jehovah has commanded you, so that your time may be long, and it may be well with you, on the soil your God Jehovah is giving you. 17 “‘You shall not murder. 18* “‘You shall not commit adultery. 19 “‘You shall not steal. 20 “‘You shall not give made-up testimony against your neighbor. 21* “‘You shall not desire your neighbor’s wife, nor hanker after your neighbor’s house, his field nor his slave, his cow nor his donkey, nor anything of your neighbor’s.’ 22 “These words Jehovah spoke to all your assembly out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick air, in a great voice, and went no further; and he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me. 23 “And when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, with the mountain burning with fire, you approached me, all your heads of tribes and your elders, 24 and said ‘Here our God Jehovah has let us see his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire; this day we have seen that God speaks with men and they live; 25 and now why should we die? for this great fire will devour us if we go on listening to our God Jehovah’s voice any longer, and so we shall die. 26 For what mortal is there who has heard the voice of a living God speaking out of the midst of the fire as we did, and has lived? 27 Go near yourself and hear everything that our God Jehovah says, and tell us yourself everything that our God Jehovah tells you, and we will listen and do it.’ 28 And Jehovah heard your words as you spoke to me, and Jehovah said to me ‘I heard the words of this people which they spoke to you; they are right in everything they say. 29 Would that they would be of this mind, to fear me and keep all my commandments, all the time, that it might be well with them and their sons forever! 30 Go say to them “Go back to your tents”; 31 but stay here with me yourself and I will tell you the commandment, the usages and laws, that you are to teach them and they are to abide by in the country I am giving to them to take possession of.’ 32* You are to take care then to do as your God Jehovah has commanded you; you are not to turn from it to right or to left; 33 you are to walk altogether in the path your God Jehovah has commanded you, that you may live, and it may be well with you, and you may have a long time, in the country you are to take possession of.