- Be fruitful and multiply.
God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply. Genesis 1:28a, 9:1, 9:7, 35:11This command is given repeatedly by God, and although it may have been meant only for the particular people that God was talking to at the time (Adam and Eve, Noah and his shipmates, and Jacob), many Bible believers consider it a direct command to all humankind. So, for the sake of completeness, I'll include it on the list.
- Subdue the earth and have dominion over every living thing.
Replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Genesis 1:28b
the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Genesis 9:2
- Don't eat blood.
But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. Genesis 9:4
It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood. Leviticus 3:17
Ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings. Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people. Leviticus 7:26-27
And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. ... No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. ... Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off. Leviticus 17:10-14
But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. ... For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood.... Acts 15:20, 28-29
- Whoever kills another person must be killed.
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. Genesis 9:6
He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death. Exodus 21:12
If a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die. Exodus 21:14
Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die. Numbers 35:30
- Baby boys must be circumcised eight days after their birth.
This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant. Genesis 17:10-14
And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. Leviticus 12:3
- This month (Nisan) shall the be first month of the year.
This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Exodus 12:2
- On the tenth day of the first month (Nisan), find an unblemished lamb and kill it on the evening of the 14th day.
In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb ... Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. Exodus 12:3-6
- After killing the lamb, smear some of its blood on the sides and top of your door post.
Take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses. Exodus 12:7
- Roast the lamb and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
Eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs. Exodus 12:8
- Don't eat the lamb raw or boiled in water. And eat the whole animal: head, legs, and internal organs.
Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. Exodus 12:9
Do not eat any of the meat raw or boiled in water. The whole animal—including the head, legs, and internal organs—must be roasted over a fire. (New Living Translation)
- Eat all of it. Don't leave any until the morning. Burn the leftovers.
Ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. Exodus 12:10
- Eat it fast, with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your
staff in your hand.
Eat it with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover. Exodus 12:11
- The Passover shall be kept as a memorial forever.
This day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Exodus 12:14
And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. Exodus 12:24
- During the feast of unleavened bread, all yeast shall be removed from every house.
The first day [of the feast of unleavened bread] ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. Exodus 12:15
Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses. Exodus 12:19a
- Don't work on the first or the seventh day of the feast of unleavened bread.
In the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. Exodus 12:16
- The feast of unleavened bread shall be observed forever.
And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses. Exodus 12:17-19There is some disagreement about the details, though. (See How many days is unleavened bread to be eaten during the Passover?)
- In the first month (Nisan), eat unleavened bread from the evening of the 14th to the
evening of the 21st day of the month.
In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. Exodus 12:18
- Whoever eats any leavened bread during the feast of unleavened bread shall be exiled.
Whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. Exodus 12:19b
- Don't eat any leavened bread during the feast of unleavened bread.
Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread. Exodus 12:20
- Eat the Passover lamb in one place, and don't break any of the lamb's bones.
In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof. Exodus 12:46
- Strangers, foreigners, and uncircumcised people shall not observe the Passover. (Circumcised slaves are okay though.)
And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof: But every man's servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof. A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof. ... no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. Exodus 12:43-48
- All firstborn male humans and animals shall be sanctified to the Lord. They belong to him.
Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine. Exodus 13:2
Thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD's. Exodus 13:12
The firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me. Likewise shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep: seven days it shall be with his dam; on the eighth day thou shalt give it me. Exodus 22:29b-30
- Don't even look at any unleavened bread during the feast of unleavened bread.
There shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.Exodus 13:7
- On the first day of Passover, tell you son about how God killed every firstborn
child and animal in Egypt.
Thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt. Exodus 13:8
- Every firstborn ass shall be redeemed either by killing a lamb or by breaking its neck.
Every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem. Exodus 13:13
- Do not leave your house during the Sabbath.
Abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. Exodus 16:29
- Make Yahweh your number one god.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3
Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Deuteronomy 5:7
- Don't make an artistic representation of anything.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any 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. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them. Exodus 20:4, Deuteronomy 5:8
- Don't worship or serve any of your other gods or graven images.
Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them. Exodus 20:5, Deuteronomy 5:9
- Don't take the Lord's name in vain.
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain. Exodus 20:7, Deuteronomy 5:11
- Keep the Sabbath day holy.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8
Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. Deuteronomy 5:12
- Don't work on the Sabbath.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. Exodus 20:9-10
Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed. Exodus 23:12
Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. Deuteronomy 5:13-14This commandment applies not just to you, but to your children, slaves, strangers, and animals.
- Honor your father and mother.
Honour thy father and thy mother. Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16
- Don't kill.
Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13, Deuteronomy 5:17
- Don't commit adultery.
Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14, Deuteronomy 5:18
- Don't steal.
Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15, Deuteronomy 5:1
- Don't lie.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Exodus 20:16, Deuteronomy 5:20
Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Exodus 23:1
Neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment. Exodus 23:2
Keep thee far from a false matter. Exodus 23:7
- Don't covet your neighbor's wife.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife Exodus 20:17b, Deuteronomy 5:21a
- Don't covet your neighbor's other stuff.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house ... nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. Exodus 20:17a,c, Deuteronomy 5:21b
- Don't make gods of silver or gold.
Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. 20:23
- Thou shalt make a dirt altar for God and sacrifice animals on it.
An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen. 20:24
- If you make God stone altars, thou shalt use natural, uncut stones. (Otherwise you'll pollute it.)
If thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. 20:25
- Don't go up steps to the altar. (People might see you nakedness.)
Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon. 20:26
Although these the commandments are for Hebrew slaves, they are easily adapted for Bible believers. Just replace "Hebrew" with "Bible believer" in the below commandments and you're all set.
- If you buy a Hebrew slave, you shall set him free after six years of slavery.
If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. Exodus 21:2
- If your slave was married when you bought him, free the slave and his wife after six years of slavery.
If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him. Exodus 21:3
- If you gave your slave a wife and they had children, keep your slave's wife and children and let him go free.
If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself. Exodus 21:4
- If your slave refuses to leave his wife and children, bore a hole in his ear and he shall serve you forever.
And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever. Exodus 21:5-6
- If you sell your daughter, she shall not be freed after six years (as are male Hebrew slaves).
And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do. Exodus 21:7
If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. Exodus 21:2
- If your daughter fails to please her master, she shall be sold again to a Hebrew man.
If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her. Exodus 21:8
If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her. (New Living Translation)
- If the man who bought your daughter gives her to his son, the man who bought her shall treat her as his own daughter.
And if he have betrothed her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters. Exodus 21:9
But if the slave’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave but as a daughter. (New Living Translation)
- If a man buys a female slave and then takes another wife, he shall continue to feed, clothe, and have sex with his slave wife.
If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. Exodus 21:10
If a man who has married a slave wife takes another wife for himself, he must not neglect the rights of the first wife to food, clothing, and sexual intimacy. (New Living Translation)
- If the man fails to feed, clothe, and have sex with his slave wife, he shall set her free.
And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free without money. Exodus 21:11
If he fails in any of these three obligations, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (New Living Translation)
- If you strike your father or mother, you shall be killed.
He that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death. Exodus 21:15
- Whoever kidnaps a person with the intention of selling that person as a slave shall be killed.
He that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death. Exodus 21:16
- If you curse your father or mother, you shall be killed.
He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. Exodus 21:17
- If two men fight and one is injured, the man who caused the injury shall pay for the injured man's lost time.
If men strive together, and one smite another with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth his bed: If he rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff, then shall he that smote him be quit: only he shall pay for the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be thoroughly healed. Exodus 21:18-19
Now suppose two men quarrel, and one hits the other with a stone or fist, and the injured person does not die but is confined to bed. If he is later able to walk outside again, even with a crutch, the assailant will not be punished but must compensate his victim for lost wages and provide for his full recovery. (New Living Translation)
- A slave owner who beats his slave to death shall be punished.
If a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Exodus 21:20
- A slave owner shall not be punished for beating his slave if the slave lives for a day or two. (Because the slave is the slave owner's money.)
Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money. Exodus 21:21
- If a man causes the death of a fetus, he shall pay
the woman's husband whatever the judges decide.
If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. Exodus 21:22
Suppose a pregnant woman suffers a miscarriage as the result of an injury caused by someone who is fighting. If she isn’t badly hurt, the one who injured her must pay whatever fine her husband demands and the judges approve. (Contemporary English Version)
- If a pregnant woman is injured, the person that caused her injury shall be injured in the same way.
And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. Exodus 21:23-25
But if she is seriously injured, the payment will be life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, cut for cut, and bruise for bruise. (Contemporary English Version)
- If a man hits his slave and causes the slave to lose sight in one eye, he shall set the slave free.
If a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish; he shall let him go free for his eye's sake. Exodus 21:26
- If a man hits his slave and causes the slave to lose a tooth, he shall set the slave free.
If he smite out his manservant's tooth, or his maidservant's tooth; he shall let him go free for his tooth's sake. Exodus 21:27
- If an ox gores someone to death, the ox shall be stoned and his flesh shall not be eaten. But the owner shall not be punished.
If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit. Exodus 21:28
- If an ox has a reputation for goring people and its owner did nothing to restrain it, the ox shall be stoned and its owner shall be executed.
If the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death. If there be laid on him a sum of money, then he shall give for the ransom of his life whatsoever is laid upon him. Whether he have gored a son, or have gored a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done unto him. Exodus 21:29-31
However, the dead person’s relatives may accept payment to compensate for the loss of life. The owner of the ox may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded. The same regulation applies if the ox gores a boy or a girl. New Living Translation
- If an ox kills a slave, the owner of the ox shall give the owner of the dead slave thirty shekels of silver and the ox shall be stoned.
If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant; he shall give unto their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned. Exodus 21:32
- If a man has an open pit into which an ox or ass falls, the owner of the pit must pay the owner of the animal whatever it was worth, but the owner of the pit gets to keep the dead animal.
If a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall dig a pit, and not cover it, and an ox or an ass fall therein; The owner of the pit shall make it good, and give money unto the owner of them; and the dead beast shall be his. Exodus 21:33-34
- If one man's ox kills another man's ox, then the live ox shall be sold with the money and dead ox split between owners.
If one man's ox hurt another's, that he die; then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of it; and the dead ox also they shall divide. Exodus 21:35
- If an ox is known to be an ox killer and its owner did nothing to restrain it, then the owner of the killer ox must pay the owner of the dead ox. But the owner of the killer ox gets to keep the dead ox.
If it be known that the ox hath used to push in time past, and his owner hath not kept him in; he shall surely pay ox for ox; and the dead shall be his own. Exodus 21:36
- A person who steals and kills an ox or a sheep shall pay the owner five oxen for each stolen ox, and four sheep
for each stolen sheep.
If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. Exodus 22:1
- If a thief is caught breaking into a house while it is dark and is killed in the process, the person who killed him shall not be executed.
If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him. Exodus 22:2
If a thief is caught in the act of breaking into a house and is struck and killed in the process, the person who killed the thief is not guilty of murder. New Living Translation
- If a thief is caught breaking into a house during the daytime and is killed in the process, the person who killed the thief shall be executed for murder.
If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him.Exodus 22:3a
But if it happens in daylight, the one who killed the thief is guilty of murder. New Living Translation
- If a thief is caught and is too poor to make a complete restitution, he shall be sold to pay for his theft.
He should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. Exodus 22:3b
- If a thief steals an ox or an ass, and the stolen animal is found alive, the thief must pay twice the value of the stolen animal.
If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double. Exodus 22:4
If someone steals an ox or a donkey or a sheep and it is found in the thief’s possession, then the thief must pay double the value of the stolen animal. New Living Translation
- If your animal eats from someone else's field or vineyard, you must repay the owner with the best of your grain or grapes.
If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall put in his beast, and shall feed in another man's field; of the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution. Exodus 22:5
If an animal is grazing in a field or vineyard and the owner lets it stray into someone else’s field to graze, then the animal’s owner must pay compensation from the best of his own grain or grapes. New Living Translation
- If you start a fire that burns someone else's grain, you shall restore what was burned.
If fire break out, and catch in thorns, so that the stacks of corn, or the standing corn, or the field, be consumed therewith; he that kindled the fire shall surely make restitution. Exodus 22:6
- If you leave your stuff with your neighbor to watch, and it is stolen from your neighbor's house, then the thief shall pay double (if the thief is found).
If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of the man's house; if the thief be found, let him pay double. Exodus 22:7
Suppose someone leaves money or goods with a neighbor for safekeeping, and they are stolen from the neighbor’s house. If the thief is caught, the compensation is double the value of what was stolen. New Living Translation
- If the thief is not found, your neighbor shall be brought before the judges to see if he stole your stuff.
If the thief be not found, then the master of the house shall be brought unto the judges, to see whether he have put his hand unto his neighbour's goods. Exodus 22:8
- Whoever is guilty of theft shall repay the victim twice the worth of the stolen goods.
For all manner of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing which another challengeth to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges; and whom the judges shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour. Exodus 22:9
- If you ask your neighbor to watch your ox or ass, and your animal dies, is hurt, or is lost while under his care, then your neighbor shall swear to God that he didn't do anything wrong. If God confirms the oath, your neighbor does not have to pay you back. But if your animal was stolen while under his care, he must pay you for it.
If a man deliver unto his neighbour an ass, or an ox, or a sheep, or any beast, to keep; and it die, or be hurt, or driven away, no man seeing it: Then shall an oath of the LORD be between them both, that he hath not put his hand unto his neighbour's goods; and the owner of it shall accept thereof, and he shall not make it good. And if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto the owner thereof. Exodus 22:10-12
Now suppose someone leaves a donkey, ox, sheep, or any other animal with a neighbor for safekeeping, but it dies or is injured or gets away, and no one sees what happened. The neighbor must then take an oath in the presence of the LORD. If the LORD confirms that the neighbor did not steal the property, the owner must accept the verdict, and no payment will be required. But if the animal was indeed stolen, the guilty person must pay compensation to the owner. New Living Translation
- If your animal was torn in pieces while under your neighbor's care, he shall bring the pieces as a witness, and he doesn't owe you anything.
If it be torn in pieces, then let him bring it for witness, and he shall not make good that which was torn. Exodus 22:13
If it was torn to pieces by a wild animal, the remains of the carcass must be shown as evidence, and no compensation will be required. New Living Translation
- If someone borrows and animal from his neighbor, and it is injured or dies, the person who borrowed the animal must pay the
owner whatever the animal was worth.
If a man borrow ought of his neighbour, and it be hurt, or die, the owner thereof being not with it, he shall surely make it good. Exodus 22:14
If someone borrows an animal from a neighbor and it is injured or dies when the owner is absent, the person who borrowed it must pay full compensation. New Living Translation
- But if the owner was present or the animal was rented, no compensation is required.
But if the owner thereof be with it, he shall not make it good: if it be an hired thing, it came for his hire. Exodus 22:15
But if the owner was present, no compensation is required. And no compensation is required if the animal was rented, for this loss is covered by the rental fee.New Living Translation
- If you seduce a woman who is not engaged and have sex with her, then you must marry her.
If a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. Exodus 22:16
- If her father refuses to give her to you, you shall pay him the customary price for virgins.
If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins. Exodus 22:17
- Kill witches.
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Exodus 22:18
- Kill anyone who has sex with an animal.
Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death. Exodus 22:19
- Kill anyone who sacrifices to another god.
He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed. Exodus 22:20
- Be kind to strangers.
Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. Exodus 22:21
Thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. Exodus 23:9
- Be kind to widows and fatherless children. (Or God will kill you.)
Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless. Exodus 22:22-24
- If you lend money to poor people, don't charge them interest.
If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury. Exodus 22:25
- If you loan money to your neighbor and take his clothes as collateral, return them before sundown. (Or God will hear about it.)
If thou at all take thy neighbour's raiment to pledge, thou shalt deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down: For that is his covering only, it is his raiment for his skin: wherein shall he sleep? and it shall come to pass, when he crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious. Exodus 22:26-27
- Don't revile the gods.
Thou shalt not revile the gods. Exodus 22:28a
- Don't curse the ruler of your people.
Nor curse the ruler of thy people. Exodus 22:28b
- Be prompt in giving God your first ripe fruits and liquor.
Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors. Exodus 22:29a
- Be holy to God.
Ye shall be holy men unto me. Exodus 22:31a
- Don't eat any flesh that has been torn by animals. Feed it to the dogs.
neither shall ye eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs. Exodus 22:31b
- Don't do evil just because everyone else is.
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil. Exodus 23:2a
- Don't favor poor people in lawsuits.
Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause. Exodus 23:3
Do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit. NIV
- Return your enemy's ox or ass if it goes astray.
If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again. Exodus 23:4
- If your enemy's ass falls down, help out with it.
If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him. Exodus 23:5
- Do not deny justice to the poor.
Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. Exodus 23:6
- Don't kill innocent or righteous people.
The innocent and righteous slay thou not. Exodus 23:7
- Don't accept a bribe.
Thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous. Exodus 23:8
- Every seventh year leave your crops unharvested for poor people and animals to eat.
Six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof: But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard. Exodus 23:10-11
- Don't mention the names of any of the other gods.
Make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth. Exodus 23:13
- Celebrate three feasts during the year: unleavened bread, the first harvest, and the last harvest.
Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year. Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field. Exodus 23:14-16
Each year you must celebrate three festivals in my honor. First, celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast, just as I commanded you. Celebrate this festival annually at the appointed time in early spring, in the month of Abib, for that is the anniversary of your departure from Egypt. No one may appear before me without an offering. Second, celebrate the Festival of Harvest, when you bring me the first crops of your harvest. “Finally, celebrate the Festival of the Final Harvest at the end of the harvest season, when you have harvested all the crops from your fields. New Living Translation
- Three times a year every male must appear before God.
Three items in the year all thy males shall appear before the LORD God. Exodus 23:17
- When you make blood sacrifices to God, don't include any leavened bread.
Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread. Exodus 23:18a
- Don't let any of the fat of God's sacrifice remain until the next morning.
Neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning. Exodus 23:18b
- Bring your first harvest to the house of the Lord.
The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Exodus 23:19a
- Don't boil a young goat in its mother's milk.
Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk. Exodus 23:19b
- Don't bow down to other people's gods.
Thou shalt not bow down to their gods. Exodus 23:24a
- Don't serve or follow people who believe in other gods.
Nor serve them, nor do after their works. Exodus 23:24b
- Conquer people who believe in other gods and destroy their religious property.
But thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. Exodus 23:24c
- Serve God (and you'll never get sick and have lots of babies).
Ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil. Exodus 23:25-26
- Don't make any treaties with people who worship another god.
Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. Exodus 23:32
- Don't let people who believe in other gods live in your land.
They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee. Exodus 23:33
- Give something to God. Here are your options:
Gold, silver, brass, blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goat's hair, red rams' skins, badgers' skins, shittim wood, oil, spices, sweet incense,
onyx stones, stones for the ephod and breastplate.
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood, Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,
Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate. Exodus 25:1-7
- Make a sanctuary for God (so he'll have some place to live). Here are the instructions.
Make it out of shittim wood. 114 cm long, 69 cm wide, and 69 cm high. Overlay it with pure gold, with a crown of gold around it. Put four gold rings in the corner, two rings on each side. Make some poles out of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. Insert he poles into the rings so you can carry the ark around. Once the poles are inserted in the rings, never remove them again. Put God's testimony in the ark. Make a mercy seat out of pure gold, 114 cm long and 69 cm wide. Make two cherubim out of beaten gold and place them at the ends of the mercy seat. The wings of the cherubim must point upwards and their faces must look at one another. Put the mercy seat on top of the ark. God will talk to you while sitting on the mercy seat between the cherubim. Make a table out of shittim wood, 91 cm long, 46 cm wide, and 69 cm tall. Overlay the table with pure gold, with a gold crown around it, and an 8cm gold border. Make four gold rings for the table's feet. Make four more poles out of shittim wood, overlay them with gold, and insert them into the gold rings on the table's feet. These poles will be used to carry the table around. Make some gold dishes, spoons, covers, and bowls. Put some bread in front of God and let it remain there always. Make a golden candlestick with six branches, three on each side. Each branch must have three lamp cups shaped like almond blossoms, with buds and petals. The center of the candlestick must have four almond-shaped bowls, with buds and flowers. Under each pair of branches there shall be an identical golden cup. Make seven lamps, along with gold tongs and snuffers. You'll need about 34 kilograms of gold (~1.4 million U.S. dollars) for this project.
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it. And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it. And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee. And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about. And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about. And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof. And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them. And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway. And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. And in the candlesticks shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it. And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels. Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels. And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount. Exodus 25:8-40
- Make a tabernacle according to the following instructions.
- Make ten blue, purple, and scarlet curtains out of finely woven linen. Cleverly embroider them with a few cherubim. Each curtain shall be 12.9 m long and 1.8 m wide. Make two big curtains from these, with 50 blue-colored loops on the top of each big curtain and 50 golden clasps to tie the curtains together.
- Make eleven curtains out of goats' hair to cover the tabernacle. Each curtain shall be 13.8 m long and 1.8 m wide. Make two big curtains from these eleven by joining five and six curtains together. On the top of each curtain make 50 loops and 50 brass clasps to tie the curtains together. Let the excess half curtain hang over the sides of the tabernacle, 92 cm or so on each side.
- Make a tent covering out of rams' skin dyed red, with a badger skin covering.
- Make tabernacle frames out of shittim wood, 4.6 meters high and 69 cm wide, with two pegs under each frame. Make 20 identical frames for the south side of the tabernacle.
- Make 40 silver sockets for the frames, with the two frame pegs fitting into the sockets.
- Make another 20 frames and 40 sockets for the north wall. (See 4 and 5 above.)
- Make six frames for the west wall, with two additional boards for the corners, along with 16 sockets, as described above.
- Make five gold-covered shittim wood bars for each side of the tabernacle. The middle bar will pass through halfway up the frames.
- Erect the tabernacle according to the instructions God gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai.
- Make a veil out of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, cleverly embroidered with cherubim. Hang it on four pillars of gold-covered shittim wood, with gold hooks and silver bases.
- Put the ark of the covenant inside with the veil separating the holy place from the most holy place.
- Put the mercy seat on the ark of the covenant in the most holy place.
- Set the table outside the veil on the north side of the tabernacle, with the candlestand on the south side.
- Make another embroidered curtain out of blue, purple, and scarlet yarns and place over the door of the tent.
- Make five pillars out of shittim wood, covered with gold, with five gold hooks and five brass sockets.
Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them. The length of one curtain shall be eight and twenty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and every one of the curtains shall have one measure. The five curtains shall be coupled together one to another; and other five curtains shall be coupled one to another. And thou shalt make loops of blue upon the edge of the one curtain from the selvedge in the coupling; and likewise shalt thou make in the uttermost edge of another curtain, in the coupling of the second. Fifty loops shalt thou make in the one curtain, and fifty loops shalt thou make in the edge of the curtain that is in the coupling of the second; that the loops may take hold one of another. And thou shalt make fifty taches of gold, and couple the curtains together with the taches: and it shall be one tabernacle. And thou shalt make curtains of goats' hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle: eleven curtains shalt thou make. The length of one curtain shall be thirty cubits, and the breadth of one curtain four cubits: and the eleven curtains shall be all of one measure. And thou shalt couple five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves, and shalt double the sixth curtain in the forefront of the tabernacle. And thou shalt make fifty loops on the edge of the one curtain that is outmost in the coupling, and fifty loops in the edge of the curtain which coupleth the second. And thou shalt make fifty taches of brass, and put the taches into the loops, and couple the tent together, that it may be one. And the remnant that remaineth of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remaineth, shall hang over the backside of the tabernacle. And a cubit on the one side, and a cubit on the other side of that which remaineth in the length of the curtains of the tent, it shall hang over the sides of the tabernacle on this side and on that side, to cover it. And thou shalt make a covering for the tent of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering above of badgers' skins. And thou shalt make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up. Ten cubits shall be the length of a board, and a cubit and a half shall be the breadth of one board. Two tenons shall there be in one board, set in order one against another: thus shalt thou make for all the boards of the tabernacle. And thou shalt make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards on the south side southward. And thou shalt make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board for his two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his two tenons. And for the second side of the tabernacle on the north side there shall be twenty boards: And their forty sockets of silver; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board. And for the sides of the tabernacle westward thou shalt make six boards. And two boards shalt thou make for the corners of the tabernacle in the two sides. And they shall be coupled together beneath, and they shall be coupled together above the head of it unto one ring: thus shall it be for them both; they shall be for the two corners. And they shall be eight boards, and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets; two sockets under one board, and two sockets under another board. And thou shalt make bars of shittim wood; five for the boards of the one side of the tabernacle, And five bars for the boards of the other side of the tabernacle, and five bars for the boards of the side of the tabernacle, for the two sides westward. And the middle bar in the midst of the boards shall reach from end to end. And thou shalt overlay the boards with gold, and make their rings of gold for places for the bars: and thou shalt overlay the bars with gold. And thou shalt rear up the tabernacle according to the fashion thereof which was shewed thee in the mount. And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made: And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver. And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy. And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place. And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick over against the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south: and thou shalt put the table on the north side. And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework. And thou shalt make for the hanging five pillars of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, and their hooks shall be of gold: and thou shalt cast five sockets of brass for them. Exodus 26:1-36
- Make an altar for animal sacrifices.
Make an altar out of shittim wood, 2.3 m long, 2.3 m wide, and 1.38 m high. Put a brass horn on each corner. Make some brass pans, shovels, basins, flesh hooks, and fire pans. Make a network of brass, with a brass ring at each of the four corners. Put the network at the bottom of the altar. Place four rings in the corners of the net, along with two hollow, brass-covered shittim poles that can be placed through the rings to carry the altar. Make everything just like God showed Moses while he was on Mt. Sinai.
And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits. And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass. And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basons, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass. And thou shalt make for it a grate of network of brass; and upon the net shalt thou make four brasen rings in the four corners thereof. And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the altar. And thou shalt make staves for the altar, staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with brass. And the staves shall be put into the rings, and the staves shall be upon the two sides of the altar, to bear it. Hollow with boards shalt thou make it: as it was shewed thee in the mount, so shall they make it. Exodus 27:1-8
- Make a court for the tabernacle.
Make a 46 meter long curtain out of finely-woven linen for the south side of the court. Make 20 pillars with 20 brass sockets and silver hooks. Do the same for the north side of the court. Make a 23 meter-long curtain for the west side, with 10 pillars and 10 brass sockets and silver hooks. The length of the court on the east side shall also be 23 meters, but the curtains shall only be 6.9 meters long, with three pillars and sockets. Make a gate on the east side of the court, with a 9.2 meter-long embroidered, finely-woven curtain that is colored blue, purple, and scarlet. Make four pillars and sockets for the east gate. Put a band of silver around each pillar and make all the hooks out of silver and the sockets out of brass. The entire court shall be 46 meters long, 23 meters wide and 2.3 meters tall, with curtains made from finely-woven linen and the sockets made from brass. All the vessels and pins shall be made out of brass.
And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side: And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver. And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver. And for the breadth of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits: their pillars ten, and their sockets ten. And the breadth of the court on the east side eastward shall be fifty cubits. The hangings of one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three. And on the other side shall be hangings fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three. And for the gate of the court shall be an hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework: and their pillars shall be four, and their sockets four. All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass. The length of the court shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty every where, and the height five cubits of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass. All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass. Exodus 27:9-19
- Get some oil for the lamp and keep it burning forever.
And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel. Exodus 27:20-21
- Make holy garments for glory and for beauty.
- Make a breastplate, an ephod, a robe, an embroidered coat, a miter, and a girdle.
- Make the ephod out of gold, with cunningly embroidered blue, purple, and scarlet-colored fine linen. Join the shoulder pieces together at the edges.
- Make the curious girdle of the ephod out of the same materials that you used when making the ephod.
- Engrave the names of Israel's (Jacob's) first six sons on one of the onyx stones (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, and Naphtali), and the name of the last six sons on the other stone (Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin). Attach these stones to gold chains and place them on the shoulders of the ephod.
- Make the breastplate of judgment as cunningly as you made the ephod and out of the same materials. It shall be square in shape, 22 cm on a side. Embed four rows of stones. The first row shall have a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle. In the second use an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. The third row shall have an ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. The last row shall have a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper. Set each of these rows in gold and write the names of Jacob's sons on them. Attach some gold chains to gold rings on the breastplate and fasten the whole mess onto the curious girdle of the ephod.
- Put the Urim and the Thummim on the breastplate of judgment.
- Make a blue robe of the ephod with a hole in the top. Reinforce the hole so it won't rip. Below the hem of the robe attach some blue pomegranates and golden bells. Do this so that God will hear Aaron coming. (Without the bell God wouldn't hear him coming and would kill him.)
- Make a gold plate and engrave "HOLINESS TO THE LORD" on it. Put the plate on some blue lace and attach it to the miter that is on Aaron's head. This plate much stay on Aaron's forehead forever.
- Embroider the coat of fine linen, make the miter of fine linen, and the girdle of needlework.
- Make some coats, girdles, and bonnets for Aaron's sons for glory and beauty. And make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness from their loins down to their thighs. Make sure Aaron and his sons where these holy breeches when they enter the tabernacle or God will kill them.
- All of these instructions are a commandment from God forever.
Thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty. ... These are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office. And they shall take gold, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen.
And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work. It shall have the two shoulderpieces thereof joined at the two edges thereof; and so it shall be joined together.
And the curious girdle of the ephod, which is upon it, shall be of the same, according to the work thereof; even of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.
And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel: Six of their names on one stone, and the other six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth. With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, shalt thou engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel: thou shalt make them to be set in ouches of gold. And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial. And thou shalt make ouches of gold; And two chains of pure gold at the ends; of wreathen work shalt thou make them, and fasten the wreathen chains to the ouches.
And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it. Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row. And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings. And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes. And thou shalt make upon the breastplate chains at the ends of wreathen work of pure gold. And thou shalt make upon the breastplate two rings of gold, and shalt put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate. And thou shalt put the two wreathen chains of gold in the two rings which are on the ends of the breastplate. And the other two ends of the two wreathen chains thou shalt fasten in the two ouches, and put them on the shoulderpieces of the ephod before it. And thou shalt make two rings of gold, and thou shalt put them upon the two ends of the breastplate in the border thereof, which is in the side of the ephod inward. And two other rings of gold thou shalt make, and shalt put them on the two sides of the ephod underneath, toward the forepart thereof, over against the other coupling thereof, above the curious girdle of the ephod. And they shall bind the breastplate by the rings thereof unto the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, that it may be above the curious girdle of the ephod, and that the breastplate be not loosed from the ephod.
And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually. And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron's heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.
And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue. And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent. And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about: A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about. And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the LORD, and when he cometh out, that he die not.
And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.
And thou shalt embroider the coat of fine linen, and thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen, and thou shalt make the girdle of needlework.
And for Aaron's sons thou shalt make coats, and thou shalt make for them girdles, and bonnets shalt thou make for them, for glory and for beauty. And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office. And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach: And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when they come in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come near unto the altar to minister in the holy place; that they bear not iniquity, and die:
it shall be a statute for ever unto him and his seed after him. Exodus 28:2-43
22 May 2014
Every Jot and Tittle: A list of all the Bible's commandments
Here is a list of the commandments that I've found so far. I'll keep adding as I go along.
Posted by Steve Wells