Deuteronomy 5

5:0In chapters 5 6 and 7, Moses teaches and explains again the 10 special rules that God gave him

God's 10 special commands

1 Moses called all the Israelites together and said:

Listen, Israelites, to the rules that I explain to you today. You can hear what I am saying. Learn the rules and obey them. 2 The Lord our God made a special promise to us at Horeb. 3 He did not make this promise to our fathers. He made it to us, to all of us who are alive here today. 4 The Lord turned his face towards your faces and he spoke to you. He spoke out of the fire on the mountain. 5 (At that time, I stood between the Lord and you. I repeated the Lord's words to you. You were afraid of the fire, so you did not go up the mountain.) And God said:

6 ‘I am the Lord your God. I brought you out of Egypt, the country where you were slaves.

7 You must not have any other gods except me.

8 You must not make any idol for yourself. Do not make a false god in the shape of anything that is in the sky above. Do not make one in the shape of anything on the earth or in the sea. 9 You must not bend down your head to any idol or worship it. I am the Lord your God and I want you to belong to me alone. I will punish children because of the bad things that their fathers have done. I will also punish their grandchildren and their children too. That is how I will punish everyone who hates me. 10 But I will truly love all those who love me. They are the people who obey my laws. I will continue to love them and their families for ever.

11 You must not speak the name of the Lord your God in a wrong way. The Lord will punish anyone who speaks his name in a wrong way.

12 Always make the Sabbath day a special day for God, as the Lord your God has told you. 13 You have 6 days every week to do all your work. 14 But the seventh day is a Sabbath day. It is special for the Lord your God. You must not do any work on that day. Your son and your daughter must not work on that day. Your servants, male or female, must not work on that day. Your ox or your donkey or any of your animals must not work on that day, nor any foreign person who lives among you. Then your servants can rest in the same way as you rest. 15 You must remember that you were slaves in Egypt. But I, the Lord your God, brought you out by my powerful authority. So the Lord your God has told you to make the Sabbath day a special day.

16 Always respect your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has told you. Then you will live for many years in the country that the Lord your God will give to you. And you will be happy.

17 You must not murder anyone.

18 You must not have sex with another person's wife or husband.

19 You must not take another person's things for yourself.

20 You must not say false things against your neighbour.

21 You must not want to take your neighbour's wife for yourself. You must not want his house or his land, or his servants, male or female. You must not want his ox or his donkey or anything else that belongs to your neighbour.’

22 These are the commands that the Lord spoke clearly to you. You were all there. He spoke from the mountain, from the middle of a great fire. There was a cloud, but there was no light. He spoke only these words. Then he wrote them on two flat stones and he gave them to me.

23 There was no light when you heard the voice of God. The mountain burned with fire. Then your leaders and your older men came to me.

24 And they said, ‘The Lord our God has shown us how powerful and how special he is. We have seen how great he is and we have heard his voice from the fire. This is what we have seen today: A man can live, even if God speaks to him. 25 But now, we do not want to die. This great fire will kill us. We will die if we continue to hear the voice of our God. 26 No other person has ever heard the voice of God and lived. We heard him speak out of the fire. And we are still alive! 27 Please go near to the Lord our God. Listen to all that he says. Then tell us what he tells you. We will listen and we will obey him.’

28 The Lord heard what you said to me. He answered, ‘I have heard what these Israelites said to you. All that they said was good. 29 I really want them to obey me and to love my rules always! If they do that, everything will always be well for them and for their children. 30 Now tell them to return to their tents. 31 But I want you to stay here with me. I will give you all the rules and decrees that you must teach to the people. I will give this country to them so that they can keep it. But they must obey all these rules when they are living in that country.’

32 So you must be careful to obey the Lord your God. You must not refuse any of his rules.

33 You must live as the Lord your God says. If you do that, you will live for many years in your own country. You will enjoy all your good work.