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the Lord, for you were afraid of the fire and did not want to approach
the mountain. He spoke to me, and I passed his words on to you. This is
what he said:
“I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the
place of your slavery.
“You must not have any other god but me.
“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. You must not
bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a
jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.
I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is
­affected—­even children in the third and fourth generations of those
who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations
on those who love me and obey my commands.
“You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will
not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
“Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God
has commanded you. You have six days each week for your ordinary
work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the
Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any
work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and
female servants, your oxen and donkeys and other livestock, and any
foreigners living among you. All your male and female servants must
rest as you do. Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt, but the
Lord your God brought you out with his strong hand and powerful
arm. That is why the Lord your God has commanded you to rest on
the Sabbath day.
“Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded
you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God
is giving you.
“You must not murder.
“You must not commit adultery.
“You must not steal.
“You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
“You must not covet your neighbor’s wife. You must not covet your
neighbor’s house or land, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or
anything else that belongs to your neighbor.
“The Lord spoke these words to all of you assembled there at the foot
of the mountain. He spoke with a loud voice from the heart of the fire,
surrounded by clouds and deep darkness. This was all he said at that time,
and he wrote his words on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

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