1 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them: Hear,
O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day,
that ye may learn them, and observe to do them.
2 HaShem our G-d made a covenant with us in Horeb.
3 HaShem made not this covenant with our fathers, but with
us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.
4 HaShem spoke with you face to face in the mount out of the
midst of the fire--
5 I stood between HaShem and you at that time, to declare
unto you the word of HaShem; for ye were afraid because of the fire, and went
not up into the mount--saying:
6 I am HaShem thy G-d, who brought thee out of the land of
Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
7 Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
8 Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, even any
manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the
earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
9 Thou shalt not bow down unto them, nor serve them; for I
HaShem thy G-d am a jealous G-d, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children, and upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate
10 and showing mercy unto the thousandth generation of them
that love Me and keep My commandments.
11 Thou shalt not take the name of HaShem thy G-d in vain;
for HaShem will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.
12 Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy, as HaShem thy
G-d commanded thee.
13 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work;
14 but the seventh day is a sabbath unto HaShem thy G-d, in
it thou shalt not do any manner of work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter,
nor thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any
of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy man-servant
and thy maid-servant may rest as well as thou.
15 And thou shalt remember that thou was a servant in the
land of Egypt, and HaShem thy G-d brought thee out thence by a mighty hand and
by an outstretched arm; therefore HaShem thy G-d commanded thee to keep the
16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as HaShem thy G-d
commanded thee; that thy days may be long, and that it may go well with thee,
upon the land which HaShem thy G-d giveth thee.
17 Thou shalt not murder.
17 Neither shalt thou commit adultery.
17 Neither shalt thou steal.
17 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy
18 Neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's wife; neither
shalt thou desire thy neighbour's house, his field, or his man-servant, or his
maid-servant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.
19 These words HaShem spoke unto all your assembly in the
mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness,
with a great voice, and it went on no more. And He wrote them upon two tables of
stone, and gave them unto me.
20 And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the
midst of the darkness, while the mountain did burn with fire, that ye came near
unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;
21 and ye said: 'Behold, HaShem our G-d hath shown us His
glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the midst of the
fire; we have seen this day that G-d doth speak with man, and he liveth.
22 Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will
consume us; if we hear the voice of HaShem our G-d any more, then we shall die.
23 For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice
of the living G-d speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?
24 Go thou near, and hear all that HaShem our G-d may say;
and thou shalt speak unto us all that HaShem our G-d may speak unto thee; and we
will hear it and do it.'
25 And HaShem heard the voice of your words, when ye spoke
unto me; and HaShem said unto me: 'I have heard the voice of the words of this
people, which they have spoken unto thee; they have well said all that they have
26 Oh that they had such a heart as this alway, to fear Me,
and keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them, and with their
children for ever!
27 Go say to them: Return ye to your tents.
28 But as for thee, stand thou here by Me, and I will speak
unto thee all the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which thou
shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess
29 Ye shall observe to do therefore as HaShem your G-d hath
commanded you; ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
30 Ye shall walk in all the way which HaShem your G-d hath
commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye
may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
JPS Electronic Edition, based on the 1917 JPS translation, Copyright © 1998 by Larry Nelson, All Rights Reserved