Exodus 20:1-26, NLT
Ten Commandments for the Covenant Community
1Then God gave the people all these instructions*20:1 Hebrew all these words.:
2“I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.
3“You must not have any other god but me.
4“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.
7“You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
8“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
12“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13“You must not murder.
14“You must not commit adultery.
15“You must not steal.
16“You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
17“You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.”
18When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.
19And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”
20“Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!”
21As the people stood in the distance, Moses approached the dark cloud where God was.
Proper Use of Altars
22And the Lord said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: You saw for yourselves that I spoke to you from heaven.
24“Build for me an altar made of earth, and offer your sacrifices to me—your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats, and your cattle. Build my altar wherever I cause my name to be remembered, and I will come to you and bless you.