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The Ten Commandments

(Deuteronomy 5.1-21)

20 God said to the people of Israel:

I am the Lord your God, the one who brought you out of Egypt where you were slaves.

Do not worship any god except me.

(A) Do not make idols that look like anything in the sky or on earth or in the ocean under the earth.

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(A) Do not misuse my name.[a] I am the Lord your God, and I will punish anyone who misuses my name.

(B) Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs to me. (C) You have six days when you can do your work,

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  1. 20.7 misuse my name: Probably includes breaking promises, telling lies after swearing to tell the truth, using the Lord's name as a curse word or a magic formula, and trying to control the Lord by using his name.

12 (A) Respect your father and your mother, and you will live a long time in the land I am giving you.

13 (B) Do not murder.

14 (C) Be faithful in marriage.

15 (D) Do not steal.

16 (E) Do not tell lies about others.

17 (F) Do not desire to possess anything that belongs to another person—not a house, a wife, a husband, a slave, an ox, a donkey, or anything else.

The People Are Afraid

(Deuteronomy 5.23-33)

18 (G) The people trembled with fear when they heard the thunder and the trumpet and saw the lightning and the smoke coming from the mountain. They stood a long way off 19 and said to Moses, “If you speak to us, we will listen. But don't let God speak to us, or we will die!”

20 “Don't be afraid!” Moses replied. “God has come only to test you, so that by obeying him you won't sin.”

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