The Ten Commandments

Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “Israel, listen to the statutes and ordinances I am proclaiming as you hear them today. Learn and follow them carefully. The Lord our God made a covenant(A) with us at Horeb. He did not make this covenant with our fathers,(B) but with all of us who are alive here today. The Lord spoke to you face to face from the fire on the mountain. At that time I was standing between the Lord and you to report the word[a] of the Lord to you, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain. And He said:

I am the Lord your God,(C) who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.(D)
Do not have other gods besides Me.
Do not make an idol for yourself in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them or worship them, because I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers’ sin to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,(E) 10 but showing faithful love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commands.
11 Do not misuse the name(F) of the Lord your God, because the Lord will not leave anyone unpunished who misuses His name.
12 Be careful to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy as the Lord your God has commanded you. 13 You are to labor six days and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. You must not do any work—you, your son or daughter, your male or female slave, your ox or donkey, any of your livestock, or the foreigner who lives within your gates, so that your male and female slaves may rest as you do. 15 Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. That is why the Lord your God has commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.
16 Honor your father and your mother,(G) as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and so that you may prosper in the land the Lord your God is giving you.(H)
17 Do not murder.(I)
18 Do not commit adultery.(J)
19 Do not steal.
20 Do not give dishonest testimony against your neighbor.(K)
21 Do not covet your neighbor’s wife or desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.(L)

The People’s Response

22 “The Lord spoke these commands in a loud voice to your entire assembly from the fire, cloud, and thick darkness on the mountain; He added nothing more. He wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me. 23 All of you approached me with your tribal leaders and elders when you heard the voice from the darkness and while the mountain was blazing with fire. 24 You said, ‘Look, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and greatness, and we have heard His voice from the fire. Today we have seen that God speaks with a person, yet he still lives. 25 But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us and we will die if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer. 26 For who out of all mankind has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the fire, as we have, and lived? 27 Go near and listen to everything the Lord our God says. Then you can tell us everything the Lord our God tells you; we will listen and obey.’(M)

28 “The Lord heard your[b] words when you spoke to me. He said to me, ‘I have heard the words that these people have spoken to you. Everything they have said is right. 29 If only they had such a heart to fear Me and keep all My commands always, so that they and their children will prosper forever. 30 Go and tell them: Return to your tents. 31 But you stand here with Me, and I will tell you every command—the statutes and ordinances—you are to teach them, so that they may follow them in the land I am giving them to possess.’

32 “Be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you are not to turn aside to the right or the left. 33 Follow the whole instruction the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live, prosper, and have a long life in the land you will possess.

The Greatest Command

“This is the command—the statutes and ordinances—the Lord your God has instructed me to teach you, so that you may follow them in the land you are about to enter and possess.(N) Do this so that you may fear(O) the Lord your God all the days of your life by keeping all His statutes and commands I am giving you, your son, and your grandson, and so that you may have a long life. Listen, Israel, and be careful to follow them, so that you may prosper and multiply greatly, because Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has promised you a land flowing with milk and honey.(P)

“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.[c](Q) Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.(R) These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart.(S) Repeat them to your children.(T) Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol[d] on your forehead.[e](U) Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Remembering God through Obedience

10 “When the Lord your God brings you into the land He swore to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that He would give you—a land with large and beautiful cities that you did not build, 11 houses full of every good thing that you did not fill them with, wells dug that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant(V)—and when you eat and are satisfied,(W) 12 be careful not to forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.(X) 13 Fear Yahweh your God, worship Him, and take your oaths in His name.(Y) 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you, 15 for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God.(Z) Otherwise, the Lord your God will become angry with you and wipe you off the face of the earth. 16 Do not test(AA) the Lord your God as you tested Him at Massah.(AB) 17 Carefully observe the commands of the Lord your God, the decrees and statutes He has commanded you. 18 Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that you may prosper and so that you may enter and possess the good land(AC) the Lord your God swore to give your fathers,(AD) 19 by driving out all your enemies before you, as the Lord has said.(AE)

20 “When your son asks you in the future, ‘What is the meaning of the decrees, statutes, and ordinances, which the Lord our God has commanded you?’ 21 tell him, ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand. 22 Before our eyes the Lord inflicted great and devastating signs and wonders on Egypt, on Pharaoh, and on all his household, 23 but He brought us from there in order to lead us in and give us the land that He swore to our fathers. 24 The Lord commanded us to follow all these statutes and to fear the Lord our God for our prosperity always and for our preservation, as it is today. 25 Righteousness will be ours if we are careful to follow every one of these commands before the Lord our God, as He has commanded us.’


  1. Deuteronomy 5:5 One Hb ms, DSS, Sam, LXX, Syr, Vg read words
  2. Deuteronomy 5:28 Lit the sound of your
  3. Deuteronomy 6:4 Or Yahweh is our God; Yahweh is One, or The Lord is our God, the Lord alone, or The Lord our God is one Lord
  4. Deuteronomy 6:8 Or phylactery; Mt 23:5
  5. Deuteronomy 6:8 Lit symbol between your eyes

A Widow’s Son Raised to Life

11 Soon afterward He was on His way to a town called Nain. His disciples and a large crowd were traveling with Him. 12 Just as He neared the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow.(A) A large crowd from the city was also with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her(B) and said, “Don’t cry.” 14 Then He came up and touched the open coffin,[a] and the pallbearers stopped. And He said, “Young man, I tell you, get up!”(C)

15 The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.(D) 16 Then fear[b] came over everyone,(E) and they glorified God,(F) saying, “A great prophet has risen among us,”(G) and “God has visited[c] His people.”(H) 17 This report about Him went throughout Judea and all the vicinity.

In Praise of John the Baptist

18 Then John’s disciples told him about all these things.(I) So John summoned two of his disciples 19 and sent them to the Lord, asking, “Are You the One(J) who is to come, or should we look for someone else?”

20 When the men reached Him, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to ask You, ‘Are You the One who is to come, or should we look for someone else?’”

21 At that time Jesus healed many people of diseases,(K) plagues, and evil spirits,(L) and He granted sight to many blind people.(M) 22 He replied to them, “Go and report to John the things you have seen and heard: The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, those with skin diseases are healed,[d] the deaf hear,(N) the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news.(O) 23 And anyone who is not offended because of Me is blessed.” 24 After John’s messengers left, He began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the wind? 25 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft robes? Look, those who are splendidly dressed[e] and live in luxury are in royal palaces. 26 What then did you go out to see? A prophet?(P) Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet. 27 This is the one it is written about:

Look, I am sending My messenger
ahead of You;[f]
he will prepare Your way before You.(Q)[g]

28 I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John,[h] but the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

29 (And when all the people, including the tax collectors, heard this, they acknowledged God’s way of righteousness,[i] because they had been baptized with John’s baptism.(R) 30 But since the Pharisees and experts in the law(S) had not been baptized by him, they rejected the plan of God for themselves.(T))

An Unresponsive Generation

31 “To what then should I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to each other:

We played the flute for you,
but you didn’t dance;
we sang a lament,
but you didn’t weep!

33 For John the Baptist did not come eating bread or drinking wine,(U) and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’(V) 35 Yet wisdom is vindicated[j] by all her children.”

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  1. Luke 7:14 Or the bier
  2. Luke 7:16 Or awe
  3. Luke 7:16 Or come to help
  4. Luke 7:22 Lit cleansed
  5. Luke 7:25 Or who have glorious robes
  6. Luke 7:27 Lit messenger before Your face
  7. Luke 7:27 Mal 3:1
  8. Luke 7:28 Other mss read women is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist
  9. Luke 7:29 Lit they justified God
  10. Luke 7:35 Or wisdom is declared right

19 May the Lord be praised!
Day after day He bears our burdens;
God is our salvation.(A)Selah
20 Our God is a God of salvation,
and escape from death belongs to the Lord God.(B)
21 Surely God crushes the heads of His enemies,
the hairy head of one who goes on in his guilty acts.(C)
22 The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan;
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea(D)
23 so that your foot may wade[a] in blood
and your dogs’ tongues may have their share
from the enemies.”(E)
24 People have seen Your procession, God,
the procession of my God,
my King, in the sanctuary.[b](F)
25 Singers[c] lead the way,
with musicians following;
among them are young women
playing tambourines.(G)
26 Praise God in the assemblies;
praise the Lord from the fountain of Israel.(H)
27 There is Benjamin, the youngest, leading them,
the rulers of Judah in their assembly,[d]
the rulers of Zebulun, the rulers of Naphtali.(I)

28 Your God has decreed your strength.
Show Your strength, God,
You who have acted on our behalf.(J)
29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem,
kings will bring tribute to You.(K)
30 Rebuke the beast[e] in the reeds,
the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.(L)
Trample underfoot those with bars of silver.[f]
Scatter the peoples who take pleasure in war.(M)
31 Ambassadors will come[g] from Egypt;
Cush will stretch out its hands[h] to God.(N)

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;
sing praise to the Lord,(O)Selah
33 to Him who rides in the ancient, highest heavens.(P)
Look, He thunders with His powerful voice!(Q)
34 Ascribe power to God.
His majesty is over Israel,
His power among the clouds.(R)
35 God, You are awe-inspiring in Your sanctuaries.
The God of Israel gives power and strength to His people.
May God be praised!(S)

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  1. Psalm 68:23 LXX, Syr read dip
  2. Psalm 68:24 Or in holiness
  3. Psalm 68:25 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr read Officials
  4. Psalm 68:27 Hb obscure
  5. Psalm 68:30 Probably Egypt
  6. Psalm 68:30 Or peoples, trampling on those who take pleasure in silver, or peoples, trampling on the bars of silver, or peoples, who trample each other for bars of silver
  7. Psalm 68:31 Or They bring red cloth, or They bring bronze
  8. Psalm 68:31 Probably with tribute or in submission

29 The one who brings ruin on his household(A)
will inherit the wind,(B)
and a fool will be a slave
to someone whose heart is wise.

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,(C)
but violence[a] takes lives.

31 If the righteous will be repaid on earth,
how much more the wicked and sinful.(D)

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  1. Proverbs 11:30 LXX, Syr; MT reads but a wise one

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