The Ten Commandments
I am the Lord your God. I am the one who freed you from the land of Egypt, where you were slaves.
Do not worship any other gods but me.
Do not make any idols. Don’t make statues or pictures of anything from the sky, the earth, or the water. Don’t worship idols of any kind, because I, the Lord, am your God and I hate my people worshiping other gods. People who sin against me become my enemies, and I will punish them, and I will punish their children, their grandchildren, and even their great-grandchildren. But I will be very kind to people who love me and obey my commands. I will be kind to their families for thousands of generations.
Don’t invoke my name when making empty promises. If you do, I will punish you.
Take Saturday off. You can work Sunday to Friday, but the seventh day is a day of rest so don’t go to work—not you, your sons and daughters, or your men and women slaves. Even your animals and the foreigners living in your cities must not work! That is because the Lord worked six days and made the sky, the earth, the sea, and everything. And on the seventh day, he rested. And what’s good for the Lord is good for you.
You must honor and respect your father and your mother. Do this so that you will have a happy family life.
Don’t kill anyone.
Don’t mess around with anyone’s wife or husband.
Don’t tell lies.
Don’t lust after your neighbor’s house or his wife or his men and women servants, or his cattle or his donkeys. You must not lust after anything that does not belong to you.”