20 Then God spoke all these words:
2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. w
3 Do not have other gods besides Me. x
4 Do not make an idol y for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, z punishing the children for the fathers’ sin, to the third and fourth generations a of those who hate Me, 6 but showing faithful love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commands. b
7 Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God, because the Lord will not leave anyone unpunished who misuses His name. c
8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy: d 9 You are to labor six days and do all your work, e 10 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 livestock, or the foreigner who is within your gates. f 11 For the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything in them in six days; then He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and declared it holy.
12 Honor your father and your mother g so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
13 Do not murder. h
14 Do not commit adultery. i
15 Do not steal. j
16 Do not give false testimony against your neighbor. k
17 Do not covet your neighbor’s house. Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. l
18 All the people witnessed m the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain surrounded by smoke. When the people saw it n they trembled and stood at a distance. o 19 “You speak to us, and we will listen,” they said to Moses, “but don’t let God speak to us, or we will die.” p
20 Moses responded to the people, “Don’t be afraid, for God has come to test you, so that you will * fear Him and will not q sin.” r 21 And the people remained standing at a distance as Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. s
22 Then the Lord told Moses, “This is what you are to say to the Israelites: You have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven. t 23 You must not make gods of silver to rival Me; you must not make gods of gold for yourselves. u v
24 “You must make an earthen altar for Me and sacrifice on it your * burnt offerings and * fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats, as well as your cattle. I will come to you and bless you in every place where I cause My name to be remembered. w 25 If you make a stone altar for Me, you must not build it out of cut stones. If you use your chisel on it, you will defile it. x 26 You must not go up to My altar on steps, so that your nakedness is not exposed on it.
About The Holman Christian Standard Bible
The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.
Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.
Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.