Exodus 20

God spoke all these words, saying, 2I am Allah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3You shall have no other gods before me.

4You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor worship them, for I, Allah your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6and showing loving kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7You shall not take the name of Allah your God in vain, for Allah will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

8Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9You shall labour six days, and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to Allah your God. You shall not do any work in it, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your man-servant, nor your maid-servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates; 11for in six days Allah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore Allah blessed the Sabbath day, and made it holy.

12Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which Allah your God gives you.[1]

13You shall not murder.[2]

14You shall not commit adultery.[3]

15You shall not steal.

16You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.[4]

17You shall not covet[5] your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour’s.

18All the people perceived the thunderings, the lightnings, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking. When the people saw it, they trembled, and stayed at a distance. 19They said to Musa, Speak with us yourself, and we will listen; but do not let God speak with us, lest we die.

20Musa said to the people, Do not be afraid, for God has come to test you, and that his fear may be before you, that you will not sin. 21The people stayed at a distance, and Musa drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

22Allah said to Musa, This is what you shall tell Bani-Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. 23You shall most certainly not make alongside of me gods of silver, or gods of gold for yourselves. 24You shall make an altar of earth for me, and shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace-offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I record my name I will come to you and I will bless you. 25If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones; for if you lift up your tool on it, you have polluted it. 26Neither shall you go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness may not be exposed to it.’


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[1] 20:12 Quoted in the Injil, Matthew 15:4.

[2] 20:13 Quoted in the Injil, Matthew 5:21 and James 2:11.

[3] 20:14 Quoted in the Injil, Matthew 5:27 and James 2:11.

[4] 20:12-16 Quoted by the Injil in Matthew 19:18-19, Mark 10:19, Luke 18:20.

[5] 20:17 Quoted by the Injil, Romans 7:7.