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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Exodus 20:1-26

20  And God spoke all these words: 2  “I am your God Jehovah who brought you out of Egypt, out of the slave-quarters. 3  “You shall have no other gods to face me down. 4  “You shall not make yourself a statue nor any form in the skies above or on the earth beneath or in the water beneath the earth: 5  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, 6*  and befriending thousands for those who love me and keep my commandments. 7  “You shall not take the name of your God Jehovah in vain; for Jehovah will not acquit him who takes his name in vain. 8  “Mind the sabbath day, keeping it sacred. 9  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10  but the seventh day is a sabbath for your God Jehovah: you shall not do any work, you nor your son or daughter, your servant nor your beast nor your immigrant within your gates, 11  because for six days Jehovah was making the sky and the earth and the sea and everything in it, and he rested on the seventh day; for this reason Jehovah blessed the sabbath day and made it sacred. 12  “Honor your father and your mother, so that your time may be long on the soil your God Jehovah is giving you. 13  “You shall not murder. 14  “You shall not commit adultery. 15  “You shall not steal. 16  “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 17  “You shall not desire your neighbor’s house: you shall not desire your neighbor’s wife nor his slave nor his cow nor his donkey nor anything of your neighbor’s.” 18*  And all the people were seeing the noises and the bursts of fire and the sound of the horn and the mountain smoking; and the people were afraid, and swayed about and stood at a distance, 19  and said to Moses “Speak with us yourself and we will listen; but let God not speak with us, for fear we should die.” 20  And Moses said to the people “Do not be afraid, because it is for the sake of testing you that God has come, and for the sake of having you confronted with his fear, that you may not sin.” 21  And the people stood at a distance, and Moses approached the thick air where God was. 22  And Jehovah said to Moses “You are to say to the sons of Israel, You have seen that I have talked with you out of the sky. 23*  You shall not make other gods with me; silver gods and golden gods you shall not make for yourselves. 24*  An altar of earth you shall make me, and sacrifice on it your burnt-offerings and your welfare-sacrifices, your sheep and your cattle; in every place where I have my name commemorated I will come to you and bless you. 25*  And if you make me a stone altar you shall not build it of dressed stones, because by having put your blade to it you would have profaned it. 26  And you shall not go up my altar by steps, that your nakedness may not be uncovered on it.


20:6 Conj.* the thousandth generation
20:18 Lit. the noises and the torches and the sound
20:23 Lit. without the words other gods Susp.
20:24 Var. all the place
20:25 Lit. you will have swung your blade on it and profaned it