Consecration of the Firstborn

13 The Lord said to Moses, “Consecrate to me every firstborn male.(A) The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”

Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt,(B) out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand.(C) Eat nothing containing yeast.(D) Today, in the month of Aviv,(E) you are leaving. When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites,(F) Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites(G)—the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey(H)—you are to observe this ceremony(I) in this month: For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival(J) to the Lord. Eat unleavened bread during those seven days; nothing with yeast in it is to be seen among you, nor shall any yeast be seen anywhere within your borders. On that day tell your son,(K) ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand(L) and a reminder on your forehead(M) that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand.(N) 10 You must keep this ordinance(O) at the appointed time(P) year after year.

11 “After the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites(Q) and gives it to you, as he promised on oath(R) to you and your ancestors,(S) 12 you are to give over to the Lord the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord.(T) 13 Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey,(U) but if you do not redeem it, break its neck.(V) Redeem(W) every firstborn among your sons.(X)

14 “In days to come, when your son(Y) asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.(Z) 15 When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed the firstborn of both people and animals in Egypt. This is why I sacrifice to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.’(AA) 16 And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead(AB) that the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand.”

Crossing the Sea

17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”(AC) 18 So God led(AD) the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.[a] The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.(AE)

19 Moses took the bones of Joseph(AF) with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.”[b](AG)

20 After leaving Sukkoth(AH) they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert.(AI) 21 By day the Lord went ahead(AJ) of them in a pillar of cloud(AK) to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left(AL) its place in front of the people.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol(AM) and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon.(AN) Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart,(AO) and he will pursue them.(AP) But I will gain glory(AQ) for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.”(AR) So the Israelites did this.

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled,(AS) Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds(AT) about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. He took six hundred of the best chariots,(AU) along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart(AV) of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.(AW) The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses(AX) and chariots, horsemen[c] and troops(AY)—pursued the Israelites and overtook(AZ) them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.(BA)

10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried(BB) out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?(BC) What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”(BD)

13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid.(BE) Stand firm and you will see(BF) the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see(BG) again. 14 The Lord will fight(BH) for you; you need only to be still.”(BI)

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me?(BJ) Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff(BK) and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water(BL) so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts(BM) of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them.(BN) And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord(BO) when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”

19 Then the angel of God,(BP) who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud(BQ) also moved from in front and stood behind(BR) them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness(BS) to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand(BT) over the sea,(BU) and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind(BV) and turned it into dry land.(BW) The waters were divided,(BX) 22 and the Israelites went through the sea(BY) on dry ground,(BZ) with a wall(CA) of water on their right and on their left.

23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen(CB) followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud(CC) at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion.(CD) 25 He jammed[d] the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting(CE) for them against Egypt.”(CF)

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place.(CG) The Egyptians were fleeing toward[e] it, and the Lord swept them into the sea.(CH) 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea.(CI) Not one of them survived.(CJ)

29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground,(CK) with a wall(CL) of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the Lord saved(CM) Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand(CN) of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared(CO) the Lord and put their trust(CP) in him and in Moses his servant.

The Song of Moses and Miriam

15 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song(CQ) to the Lord:

“I will sing(CR) to the Lord,
    for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver(CS)
    he has hurled into the sea.(CT)

“The Lord is my strength(CU) and my defense[f];
    he has become my salvation.(CV)
He is my God,(CW) and I will praise him,
    my father’s God, and I will exalt(CX) him.
The Lord is a warrior;(CY)
    the Lord is his name.(CZ)
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army(DA)
    he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers
    are drowned in the Red Sea.[g]
The deep waters(DB) have covered them;
    they sank to the depths like a stone.(DC)
Your right hand,(DD) Lord,
    was majestic in power.
Your right hand,(DE) Lord,
    shattered(DF) the enemy.

“In the greatness of your majesty(DG)
    you threw down those who opposed you.
You unleashed your burning anger;(DH)
    it consumed(DI) them like stubble.
By the blast of your nostrils(DJ)
    the waters piled up.(DK)
The surging waters stood up like a wall;(DL)
    the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.(DM)
The enemy boasted,
    ‘I will pursue,(DN) I will overtake them.
I will divide the spoils;(DO)
    I will gorge myself on them.
I will draw my sword
    and my hand will destroy them.’
10 But you blew with your breath,(DP)
    and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
    in the mighty waters.(DQ)
11 Who among the gods
    is like you,(DR) Lord?
Who is like you—
    majestic in holiness,(DS)
awesome in glory,(DT)
    working wonders?(DU)

12 “You stretch out(DV) your right hand,
    and the earth swallows your enemies.(DW)
13 In your unfailing love you will lead(DX)
    the people you have redeemed.(DY)
In your strength you will guide them
    to your holy dwelling.(DZ)
14 The nations will hear and tremble;(EA)
    anguish(EB) will grip the people of Philistia.(EC)
15 The chiefs(ED) of Edom(EE) will be terrified,
    the leaders of Moab will be seized with trembling,(EF)
the people[h] of Canaan will melt(EG) away;
16     terror(EH) and dread will fall on them.
By the power of your arm
    they will be as still as a stone(EI)
until your people pass by, Lord,
    until the people you bought[i](EJ) pass by.(EK)
17 You will bring(EL) them in and plant(EM) them
    on the mountain(EN) of your inheritance—
the place, Lord, you made for your dwelling,(EO)
    the sanctuary,(EP) Lord, your hands established.

18 “The Lord reigns
    for ever and ever.”(EQ)

19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and horsemen[j] went into the sea,(ER) the Lord brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground.(ES) 20 Then Miriam(ET) the prophet,(EU) Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels(EV) and dancing.(EW) 21 Miriam sang(EX) to them:

“Sing to the Lord,
    for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver(EY)
    he has hurled into the sea.”(EZ)

The Waters of Marah and Elim

22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert(FA) of Shur.(FB) For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.(FC) 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.[k](FD)) 24 So the people grumbled(FE) against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”(FF)

25 Then Moses cried out(FG) to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw(FH) it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.

There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.(FI) 26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep(FJ) all his decrees,(FK) I will not bring on you any of the diseases(FL) I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals(FM) you.”

27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped(FN) there near the water.

Manna and Quail

16 The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin,(FO) which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt.(FP) In the desert the whole community grumbled(FQ) against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt!(FR) There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food(FS) we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”(FT)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven(FU) for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test(FV) them and see whether they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice(FW) as much as they gather on the other days.”

So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt,(FX) and in the morning you will see the glory(FY) of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling(FZ) against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?”(GA) Moses also said, “You will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling(GB) against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.”(GC)

Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’”

10 While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory(GD) of the Lord appearing in the cloud.(GE)

11 The Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling(GF) of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”(GG)

13 That evening quail(GH) came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew(GI) around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost(GJ) on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know(GK) what it was.

Moses said to them, “It is the bread(GL) the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer[l](GM) for each person you have in your tent.’”

17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.(GN) Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.

19 Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.”(GO)

20 However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell.(GP) So Moses was angry(GQ) with them.

21 Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. 22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice(GR) as much—two omers[m] for each person—and the leaders of the community(GS) came and reported this to Moses. 23 He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath(GT) to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’”

24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the Lord. You will not find any of it on the ground today. 26 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath,(GU) there will not be any.”

27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you[n] refuse to keep my commands(GV) and my instructions? 29 Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

31 The people of Israel called the bread manna.[o](GW) It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey. 32 Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.’”

33 So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omer of manna(GX) in it. Then place it before the Lord to be kept for the generations to come.”

34 As the Lord commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law,(GY) so that it might be preserved. 35 The Israelites ate manna(GZ) forty years,(HA) until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan.(HB)

36 (An omer(HC) is one-tenth of an ephah.)(HD)

Water From the Rock

17 The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin,(HE) traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim,(HF) but there was no water(HG) for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water(HH) to drink.”(HI)

Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?”(HJ)

But the people were thirsty(HK) for water there, and they grumbled(HL) against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die(HM) of thirst?”

Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone(HN) me.”

The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff(HO) with which you struck the Nile,(HP) and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb.(HQ) Strike(HR) the rock, and water(HS) will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the place Massah[p](HT) and Meribah[q](HU) because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

The Amalekites Defeated

The Amalekites(HV) came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.(HW) Moses said to Joshua,(HX) “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff(HY) of God in my hands.”

10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur(HZ) went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning,(IA) but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.(IB) 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite(IC) army with the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write(ID) this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out(IE) the name of Amalek(IF) from under heaven.”

15 Moses built an altar(IG) and called(IH) it The Lord is my Banner. 16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against[r] the throne of the Lord,[s] the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites(II) from generation to generation.”(IJ)

Jethro Visits Moses

18 Now Jethro,(IK) the priest of Midian(IL) and father-in-law of Moses, heard of everything God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, and how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt.(IM)

After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah,(IN) his father-in-law Jethro received her and her two sons.(IO) One son was named Gershom,[t] for Moses said, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land”;(IP) and the other was named Eliezer,[u](IQ) for he said, “My father’s God was my helper;(IR) he saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.”

Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, together with Moses’ sons and wife, came to him in the wilderness, where he was camped near the mountain(IS) of God. Jethro had sent word to him, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons.”

So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down(IT) and kissed(IU) him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships(IV) they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved(IW) them.

Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things(IX) the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. 10 He said, “Praise be to the Lord,(IY) who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods,(IZ) for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.”(JA) 12 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law,(JB) brought a burnt offering(JC) and other sacrifices(JD) to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal(JE) with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence(JF) of God.

13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. 14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”

15 Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will.(JG) 16 Whenever they have a dispute,(JH) it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.”(JI)

17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.(JJ) 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you.(JK) You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes(JL) to him. 20 Teach them his decrees and instructions,(JM) and show them the way they are to live(JN) and how they are to behave.(JO) 21 But select capable men(JP) from all the people—men who fear(JQ) God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain(JR)—and appoint them as officials(JS) over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case(JT) to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share(JU) it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”

24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders(JV) of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.(JW) 26 They served as judges(JX) for the people at all times. The difficult cases(JY) they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.(JZ)

27 Then Moses sent his father-in-law on his way, and Jethro returned to his own country.(KA)

At Mount Sinai

19 On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt(KB)—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai.(KC) After they set out from Rephidim,(KD) they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.(KE)

Then Moses went up to God,(KF) and the Lord called(KG) to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt,(KH) and how I carried you on eagles’ wings(KI) and brought you to myself.(KJ) Now if you obey me fully(KK) and keep my covenant,(KL) then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.(KM) Although the whole earth(KN) is mine, you[v] will be for me a kingdom of priests(KO) and a holy nation.’(KP) These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

So Moses went back and summoned the elders(KQ) of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak.(KR) The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.”(KS) So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.

The Lord said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud,(KT) so that the people will hear me speaking(KU) with you and will always put their trust(KV) in you.” Then Moses told the Lord what the people had said.

10 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate(KW) them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes(KX) 11 and be ready by the third day,(KY) because on that day the Lord will come down(KZ) on Mount Sinai(LA) in the sight of all the people. 12 Put limits(LB) for the people around the mountain and tell them, ‘Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death. 13 They are to be stoned(LC) or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on them. No person or animal shall be permitted to live.’ Only when the ram’s horn(LD) sounds a long blast may they approach the mountain.”(LE)

14 After Moses had gone down the mountain to the people, he consecrated them, and they washed their clothes.(LF) 15 Then he said to the people, “Prepare yourselves for the third day. Abstain(LG) from sexual relations.”

16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder(LH) and lightning, with a thick cloud(LI) over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast.(LJ) Everyone in the camp trembled.(LK) 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.(LL) 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke,(LM) because the Lord descended on it in fire.(LN) The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace,(LO) and the whole mountain[w] trembled(LP) violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice(LQ) of God answered(LR) him.[x]

20 The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai(LS) and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up 21 and the Lord said to him, “Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see(LT) the Lord and many of them perish.(LU) 22 Even the priests, who approach(LV) the Lord, must consecrate(LW) themselves, or the Lord will break out against them.”(LX)

23 Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up Mount Sinai,(LY) because you yourself warned us, ‘Put limits(LZ) around the mountain and set it apart as holy.’”

24 The Lord replied, “Go down and bring Aaron(MA) up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the Lord, or he will break out against them.”(MB)

25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.

The Ten Commandments(MC)

20 And God spoke(MD) all these words:(ME)

“I am the Lord your God,(MF) who brought you out(MG) of Egypt,(MH) out of the land of slavery.(MI)

“You shall have no other gods before[y] me.(MJ)

“You shall not make for yourself an image(MK) in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship(ML) them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,(MM) punishing the children for the sin of the parents(MN) to the third and fourth generation(MO) of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand(MP) generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.(MQ)

“Remember the Sabbath(MR) day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,(MS) 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath(MT) to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,(MU) the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested(MV) on the seventh day.(MW) Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother,(MX) so that you may live long(MY) in the land(MZ) the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.(NA)

14 “You shall not commit adultery.(NB)

15 “You shall not steal.(NC)

16 “You shall not give false testimony(ND) against your neighbor.(NE)

17 “You shall not covet(NF) your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet(NG) and saw the mountain in smoke,(NH) they trembled with fear.(NI) They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak(NJ) to us or we will die.”(NK)

20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid.(NL) God has come to test(NM) you, so that the fear(NN) of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”(NO)

21 The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness(NP) where God was.

Idols and Altars

22 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven:(NQ) 23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me;(NR) do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.(NS)

24 “‘Make an altar(NT) of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings(NU) and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name(NV) to be honored, I will come to you and bless(NW) you. 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(NX) on it. 26 And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts(NY) may be exposed.’

21 “These are the laws(NZ) you are to set before them:

Hebrew Servants(OA)(OB)

“If you buy a Hebrew servant,(OC) he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free,(OD) without paying anything. If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him. If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free.

“But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’(OE) then his master must take him before the judges.[z](OF) He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce(OG) his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.(OH)

“If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do. If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself,[aa] he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights.(OI) 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.

Personal Injuries

12 “Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death.(OJ) 13 However, if it is not done intentionally, but God lets it happen, they are to flee to a place(OK) I will designate. 14 But if anyone schemes and kills someone deliberately,(OL) that person is to be taken from my altar and put to death.(OM)

15 “Anyone who attacks[ab] their father or mother is to be put to death.

16 “Anyone who kidnaps someone is to be put to death,(ON) whether the victim has been sold(OO) or is still in the kidnapper’s possession.

17 “Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.(OP)

18 “If people quarrel and one person hits another with a stone or with their fist[ac] and the victim does not die but is confined to bed, 19 the one who struck the blow will not be held liable if the other can get up and walk around outside with a staff; however, the guilty party must pay the injured person for any loss of time and see that the victim is completely healed.

20 “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, 21 but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.(OQ)

22 “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely[ad] but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands(OR) and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,(OS) 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth,(OT) hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

26 “An owner who hits a male or female slave in the eye and destroys it must let the slave go free to compensate for the eye. 27 And an owner who knocks out the tooth of a male or female slave must let the slave go free to compensate for the tooth.

28 “If a bull gores a man or woman to death, the bull is to be stoned to death,(OU) and its meat must not be eaten. But the owner of the bull will not be held responsible. 29 If, however, the bull has had the habit of goring and the owner has been warned but has not kept it penned up(OV) and it kills a man or woman, the bull is to be stoned and its owner also is to be put to death. 30 However, if payment is demanded, the owner may redeem his life by the payment of whatever is demanded.(OW) 31 This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter. 32 If the bull gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels[ae](OX) of silver to the master of the slave, and the bull is to be stoned to death.

33 “If anyone uncovers a pit(OY) or digs one and fails to cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it, 34 the one who opened the pit must pay the owner for the loss and take the dead animal in exchange.

35 “If anyone’s bull injures someone else’s bull and it dies, the two parties are to sell the live one and divide both the money and the dead animal equally. 36 However, if it was known that the bull had the habit of goring, yet the owner did not keep it penned up,(OZ) the owner must pay, animal for animal, and take the dead animal in exchange.

Protection of Property

22 [af]“Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back(PA) five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.

“If a thief is caught breaking in(PB) at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed;(PC) but if it happens after sunrise, the defender is guilty of bloodshed.

“Anyone who steals must certainly make restitution,(PD) but if they have nothing, they must be sold(PE) to pay for their theft. If the stolen animal is found alive in their possession(PF)—whether ox or donkey or sheep—they must pay back double.(PG)


  1. Exodus 13:18 Or the Sea of Reeds
  2. Exodus 13:19 See Gen. 50:25.
  3. Exodus 14:9 Or charioteers; also in verses 17, 18, 23, 26 and 28
  4. Exodus 14:25 See Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint and Syriac; Masoretic Text removed
  5. Exodus 14:27 Or from
  6. Exodus 15:2 Or song
  7. Exodus 15:4 Or the Sea of Reeds; also in verse 22
  8. Exodus 15:15 Or rulers
  9. Exodus 15:16 Or created
  10. Exodus 15:19 Or charioteers
  11. Exodus 15:23 Marah means bitter.
  12. Exodus 16:16 That is, possibly about 3 pounds or about 1.4 kilograms; also in verses 18, 32, 33 and 36
  13. Exodus 16:22 That is, possibly about 6 pounds or about 2.8 kilograms
  14. Exodus 16:28 The Hebrew is plural.
  15. Exodus 16:31 Manna sounds like the Hebrew for What is it? (see verse 15).
  16. Exodus 17:7 Massah means testing.
  17. Exodus 17:7 Meribah means quarreling.
  18. Exodus 17:16 Or to
  19. Exodus 17:16 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
  20. Exodus 18:3 Gershom sounds like the Hebrew for a foreigner there.
  21. Exodus 18:4 Eliezer means my God is helper.
  22. Exodus 19:6 Or possession, for the whole earth is mine. You
  23. Exodus 19:18 Most Hebrew manuscripts; a few Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint and all the people
  24. Exodus 19:19 Or and God answered him with thunder
  25. Exodus 20:3 Or besides
  26. Exodus 21:6 Or before God
  27. Exodus 21:8 Or master so that he does not choose her
  28. Exodus 21:15 Or kills
  29. Exodus 21:18 Or with a tool
  30. Exodus 21:22 Or she has a miscarriage
  31. Exodus 21:32 That is, about 12 ounces or about 345 grams
  32. Exodus 22:1 In Hebrew texts 22:1 is numbered 21:37, and 22:2-31 is numbered 22:1-30.