Deuteronomy 5-7 Bible in Basic English

The Ten Commandments

5 1  And Moses sent for all Israel, and said to them, Give ear, O Israel, to the laws and the decisions which I give you today, and give attention to them so that you may keep and do them. 2  The Lord our God made an agreement with us in Horeb. 3  The Lord did not make this agreement with our fathers but with us, who are all living and present here today. 4  The word of the Lord came to you face to face on the mountain, out of the heart of the fire, 5  (I was between the Lord and you at that time, to make clear to you the word of the Lord: because, through fear of the fire, you did not go up the mountain;) saying,

6  I am the Lord your God, who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the prison-house. 7  You are to have no other gods but me. 8  You may not make for yourselves an image in the form of anything in heaven or on earth or in the waters under the earth: 9  You may not go down on your faces before them or give them worship: for I, the Lord your God, am a God who will not give his honour to another; and I will send punishment on the children for the wrongdoing of their fathers, to the third and fourth generation of my haters; 10  And I will have mercy through a thousand generations on those who have love for me and keep my laws. 11  You are not to make use of the name of the Lord your God for an evil purpose; whoever takes the Lord's name on his lips for an evil purpose will be judged as a sinner by the Lord. 12  Keep the Sabbath day as a holy day, as you have been ordered by the Lord your God. 13  On six days do all your work: 14  But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on that day do no work, you or your son or your daughter, or your man-servant or your woman-servant, or your ox or your ass or any of your cattle, or the man from a strange country who is living among you; so that your man-servant and your woman-servant may have rest as well as you. 15  And keep in mind that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord your God took you out of that land by his strong hand and his stretched-out arm: for this reason the Lord has given you orders to keep the Sabbath day. 16  Give honour to your father and your mother, as you have been ordered by the Lord your God; so that your life may be long and all may be well for you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. 17  Do not put anyone to death without cause. 18  Do not be false to the married relation. 19  Do not take the property of another. 20  Do not give false witness against your neighbour; 21  Or let your desire be turned to your neighbour's wife, or his house or his field or his man-servant or his woman-servant or his ox or his ass or anything which is your neighbour's.

The People's Fear

22  These words the Lord said to all of you together on the mountain, out of the heart of the fire, out of the cloud and the dark, with a great voice: and he said no more; he put them in writing on the two stones of the law and gave them to me.

23  And after hearing the voice which came out of the dark while the mountain was burning with fire, all the heads of your tribes and your chiefs came to me, 24  And said, The Lord has let us see his glory and his power, and his voice has come to us out of the fire: today we have seen that a man may go on living even after hearing the voice of God. 25  Why then is death to be our fate? For if the voice of the Lord our God comes to us any more, death will overtake us, and we will be burned up in this great fire. 26  For what man is there in all the earth, who, hearing the voice of the living God as we have, out of the heart of the fire, has been kept from death? 27  Do you go near: and after hearing everything which the Lord our God has to say, give us an account of all he has said to you, and we will give ear, and do it. 28  Then the Lord, hearing your words to me, said to me, The words which this people have said to you have come to my ears: what they have said is well said. 29  If only they had such a heart in them at all times, so that they might go in fear of me and keep my orders and that it might be well for them and for their children for ever! 30  Now say to them, Go back to your tents. 31  But as for you, keep your place here by me, and I will give you all the orders and the laws and the decisions which you are to make clear to them, so that they may do them in the land which I am giving them for their heritage. 32  Take care, then, to do whatever the Lord your God has given you orders to do; let there be no turning away to the right hand or to the left. 33  Go on walking in the way ordered for you by the Lord your God, so that life may be yours and it may be well for you, and your days may be long in the land of your heritage.

The Great Commandment

6 1  Now these are the orders and the laws and the decisions which the Lord your God gave me for your teaching, so that you might do them in the land of your heritage to which you are going: 2  So that living in the fear of the Lord your God, you may keep all his laws and his orders, which I give you: you and your son and your son's son, all the days of your life; and so that your life may be long. 3  So give ear, O Israel, and take care to do this; so that it may be well for you, and you may be greatly increased, as the Lord the God of your fathers has given you his word, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

4  Give ear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord: 5  And the Lord your God is to be loved with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6  Keep these words, which I say to you this day, deep in your hearts; 7  Teaching them to your children with all care, talking of them when you are at rest in your house or walking by the way, when you go to sleep and when you get up. 8  Let them be fixed as a sign on your hand, and marked on your brow; 9  Have them lettered on the pillars of your houses and over the doors of your towns.

Warnings against Disobedience

10  And when the Lord your God has taken you into the land which he gave his oath to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, that he would give you; with great and fair towns which were not of your building; 11  And houses full of good things not stored up by you, and places for storing water which you did not make, and vine-gardens and olive-trees not of your planting; and you have taken food and are full; 12  Then take care that you keep your hearts true to the Lord, who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the prison-house. 13  Let the fear of the Lord your God be in your hearts, and be his servants, taking your oaths by his name. 14  Do not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples round about you; 15  For the Lord your God who is with you is a God who will not let his honour be given to another; or the wrath of the Lord will be burning against you, causing your destruction from the face of the earth. 16  Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did in Massah.

17  Keep with care the orders of the Lord your God, and his rules and his laws which he has given you; 18  And do what is upright and good in the eyes of the Lord your God, so that it may be well for you and you may go in and take for your heritage that good land from which the Lord undertook by an oath to your fathers, 19  To send out from before you all those who are against you. 20  And when your son says to you in time to come, What is the reason for these rules and laws and decisions which the Lord our God has given you? 21  Then you will say to your son, We were servants under Pharaoh's yoke in Egypt; and the Lord took us out of Egypt with a strong hand: 22  And the Lord did great signs and wonders against Egypt, and against Pharaoh and all his house, before our eyes: 23  And he took us out from that place, guiding us here to give us this land, as he said in his oath to our fathers. 24  And the Lord gave us orders to keep all these laws, in the fear of the Lord our God, so that it might be well for us for ever, and that he might keep us from death, as he has done to this day. 25  And it will be our righteousness if we take care to keep all this order before the Lord our God as he has given it to us.

Israel Warned of the Idolatry of Canaan

7 1  When the Lord your God takes you into the land where you are going, which is to be your heritage, and has sent out the nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you; 2  And when the Lord has given them up into your hands and you have overcome them, give them up to complete destruction: make no agreement with them, and have no mercy on them: 3  Do not take wives or husbands from among them; do not give your daughters to their sons, or take their daughters for your sons. 4  For through them your sons will be turned from me to the worship of other gods: and the Lord will be moved to wrath against you and send destruction on you quickly. 5  But this is what you are to do to them: their altars are to be pulled down and their pillars broken, and their holy trees cut down and their images burned with fire.

A Holy People to the LORD

6  For you are a holy people to the Lord your God: marked out by the Lord your God to be his special people out of all the nations on the face of the earth. 7  The Lord did not give you his love or take you for himself because you were more in number than any other people; for you were the smallest of the nations: 8  But because of his love for you, and in order to keep his oath to your fathers, the Lord took you out with the strength of his hand, making you free from the prison-house and from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. 9  Be certain, then, that the Lord your God is God; whose faith and mercy are unchanging, who keeps his word through a thousand generations to those who have love for him and keep his laws; 10  Rewarding his haters to their face with destruction; he will have no mercy on his hater, but will give him open punishment. 11  So keep the orders and the laws and the decisions which I give you today and do them.

The Blessings of Obedience

12  And it will be, that if you give attention to these decisions and keep and do them, then the Lord will keep his agreement with you and his mercy, as he said in his oath to your fathers. 13  And he will give you his love, blessing you and increasing you: he will send his blessing on the offspring of your body and the fruit of your land, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock, in the land which by his oath to your fathers he undertook to give you. 14  You will have greater blessings than any other people: no male or female among you or among your cattle will be without offspring. 15  And the Lord will take away from you all disease, and will not put on you any of the evil diseases of Egypt which you have seen, but will put them on your haters. 16  And you are to send destruction on all the peoples which the Lord your God gives into your hands; have no pity on them, and do not give worship to their gods; for that will be a cause of sin to you. 17  If you say in your hearts, These nations are greater in number than we are: how are we to take their land from them? 18  Have no fear of them, but keep well in mind what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt; 19  The great punishments which your eyes saw, and the signs and the wonders and the strong hand and the stretched-out arm, by which the Lord your God took you out: so will the Lord your God do to all the peoples who are the cause of your fears. 20  And the Lord will send a hornet among them, till all the rest who have kept themselves safe from you in secret places have been cut off. 21  Have no fear of them: for the Lord your God is with you, a great God greatly to be feared. 22  The Lord your God will send out the nations before you little by little; they are not to be rooted out quickly, for fear that the beasts of the field may be increased overmuch against you. 23  But the Lord your God will give them up into your hands, overpowering them till their destruction is complete. 24  He will give their kings into your hands, and you will put their names out of existence under heaven; there is not one of them who will not give way before you, till their destruction is complete. 25  The images of their gods are to be burned with fire: have no desire for the gold and silver on them, and do not take it for yourselves, for it will be a danger to you: it is a thing disgusting to the Lord your God: 26  And you may not take a disgusting thing into your house, and so become cursed with its curse: but keep yourselves from it, turning from it with fear and hate, for it is a cursed thing.


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