Exodus 19:3-7 & 20:1-17
Narrative Lectionary 105
19:3 Then MosesI went upII to God;III the LordIV calledV to him from the mountain,VI
“Thus you shall say to the houseVII of JacobVIII and tellIX the Israelites:X
4 ‘You have seenXI what I didXII to the EgyptiansXIII and how I boreXIV you on eagles’XV wingsXVI and broughtXVII you to myself.
5 Now, therefore, if you obeyXVIII my voiceXIX and keepXX my covenant,XXI
you shall beXXII my treasured possessionXXIII out of allXXIV the peoples.XXV Indeed, the wholeXXVI earthXXVII is mine,
6 but you shall be for me a priestlyXXVIII kingdomXXIX and a holyXXX
nation.’XXXI These are the wordsXXXII that you shall speakXXXIII to the Israelites.”
7 So Moses went,XXXIV summonedXXXV the eldersXXXVI of the people, and setXXXVII beforeXXXVIII them all these words that the Lord had commandedXXXIX him.
20:1 Then God spoke all these words,
2 “I am the Lord your God, who broughtXL you out of the landXLI of Egypt,XLII out of the house of slavery;XLIII 3 you shall haveXLIV no otherXLV godsXLVI beforeXLVII me.
4 “You shall not makeXLVIII for yourself an idol,XLIX whether in the formL of anythingLI
that is in heavenLII aboveLIII or that is on the earth beneathLIV or that is in the waterLV underLVI the earth.
5 You shall not bow downLVII to them or serveLVIII them, for I the Lord your God am a jealousLIX God,LX
punishingLXI childrenLXII for the iniquityLXIII of parentsLXIV to the thirdLXV and the fourthLXVI generation of those who rejectLXVII me
6 but showingLXVIII steadfast loveLXIX to the thousandthLXX generation of those who loveLXXI me and keep my commandments.LXXII
7 “You shall not makeLXXIII wrongfulLXXIV use of the nameLXXV of the Lord your God,LXXVI for the Lord will not acquitLXXVII anyone who misusesLXXVIII his name.
8 “RememberLXXIX the SabbathLXXX dayLXXXI and keep it holy.LXXXII
9 SixLXXXIII days you shall laborLXXXIV and do all your work.LXXXV 10 But the seventhLXXXVI day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God;LXXXVII you shall not do anyLXXXVIII work—
you, your sonLXXXIX or your daughter,XC your maleXCI or female slave,XCII your livestock,XCIII or the alien residentXCIV in your towns.XCV
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea,XCVI and all that is in them, but restedXCVII the seventh day; thereforeXCVIII the Lord blessedXCIX the Sabbath day and consecratedC it.
12 “HonorCI your fatherCII and your mother,CIII so that your days may be longCIV in the landCV that the Lord your GodCVI is givingCVII you.
13 “You shall not murder.CVIII
14 “You shall not commit adultery.CIX
15 “You shall not steal.CX
16 “You shall not bearCXI falseCXII witnessCXIII against your neighbor.CXIV
17 “You shall not covetCXV your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife,CXVI male or female slave, ox,CXVII donkey,CXVIII or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Image credit: “Ten Commandments” by published by the Providence Lithograph Company, 1907.