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68 Moses entertainteth Jethro.

3 And her two sons; of which the name of the one was Gershom ; (for he said, l have been an alien in a strange land % 4 And the name of the other was Eliezer; (for the God of my father, said he, was mine help, and delivered me from the sword of Pharach:) 5 And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God : 6 And he said unto Moses, I thy fatherin-law Jethroam come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her. 7 of And Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and did obeisance, and kissed him: and they asked each other of their welfare: and they came into the tent. 8 And Moses told his father-in-law all that the Lord had done unto Pharaoh, and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LoRD delivered them. 9 And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel, whom he had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians. 10 And Jethro said, Blessed betheLond, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the Lok D is greater than all : for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly, he was above them. 12 And §. Moses’ father-in-law, took a burnt-offering and sacrifices for God; and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses' fatherin-law before God. 13 || And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. 14 And when Moscs' father-in-law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? Why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even 2 15 And Moses said unto his father-inlaw, Because the people come unto lue to inquire of God: 16 When they have a matter, they come unto me, and I judge between one and another, and I do make then know the statutes of God, and his laws, 17 And Moses’ father-in-law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not

!. o 18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. 19 Hearket, now unto my voice, I will

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ive thee counsel, and God shall be with ee: Be thou for the people to Godward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: 20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. 21 Moreover, thou shalt provide out of all the le, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: 22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. 23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace. 24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his turnov, and did all that he had saic 25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the ho causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. 27 off And Moses let his father-in-law depart; and he went his way into his ownland. HAP. XIX. 1 The fiewfile come to Sinai. 3 God's message to them out of the mount. 8 Their answer. 16 His fearful firesence. I. the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai,

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there Israel encamped before the mount. 3 T And Moses went o unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 4 Ye have secn what I did unto the sogyptians, and how I bare you on eagles wings, and brought you unto myself. 5 Now therefore, is ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine : - 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are thé words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

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The ten commandments. 69

near to the Lor D, sanctify themselves, lest the LoRD break forth upon them. 23 And Moses said unto the Lord, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai : for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it. 24 And the Lord said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: Butlet not the priests and the people break through, to come up unto the Lord, lest he break forth upon them. 25 So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them. HAP. XX. 1 The ten commandments. 22 Idolatry forbidden, 24 Of what sort the altar should be. A” God spake all these words, sayin

8, 2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3Thoushalthavenoother godsbeforeme. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth : 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord th God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers * the children unto o third and fourth generation of them that hate me ; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LoRD thy God in vain : for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 8 Remember the sabbath-day to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, northy son, northy daughter, thy man-servant, northy maid. servant, northy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lok D blessed the sabbath-day, and hallowed it. 12 Honour thy father and thy mother : that thy days may be § upon the land which the LoRD thy God giveth thee. 13 Thou shalt not kill. 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15 Thou shalt not steal.

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70 Laws for servants.

house, thou shalt not covet thy .#. bour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor airy thing that is thy neighbour's, 18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not Got speak with us, lest we die. 20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not : for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before yourfaces, that ye sin not. 21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was. 22 And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel; Ye have scen that I have talked with you from heaven. 23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of 24 || 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 : in all places o I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. 25 And 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. 26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness not discovered thereon. CHAP. XXI. 1 Larus for servants, 12 for man-slaughter, 16 man-stealers, 17 cursers of fiarents, and several others. No. these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them. 2 If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six wears he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. 3 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 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. 5 of And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free : 6 Then his mastershall o unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door-post; and his master shall bore his earthrough with an awl; and he shall serve him for ever. 7 's And if a man sell his daughter to be a maid-servant, she shall not go out as the men-servants do.

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son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters. 10 If he take him another wife ; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage shall he not diminish. 11 And if he do not these three unto her, then shall she go out free without | money. 12 Ms He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death. 13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I o appoint thee a place whither he shall ee. 14 But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die. 15 And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death. 16 || And he that stealeth a man, and | selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death. | 17 || And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. 18 "And if men strive together, and one smite another with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth his bed: 19 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 throughly healed. 20 And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die underhis hand; he shall be surely punished. 21 Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money. 22 || 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. 23 And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt * life for life, 24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. 26 And if a man smite the eve of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish ; he shall let him go free for his eye's sake. 27 And if he smite out his man-servant's tooth, or his maid-servant's tooth; he shall let him go free for his tooth’s sake. - 28 [lf an ox gore a man or a woman,

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8 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. 9 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. 10 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 : 11 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. 12 And if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto the owner thereof. 13 If it be torn in pieces; then let him bring it for witness, and he shall not make that which was torn. 14 || And if a man borrow aught of his neighbour, and it be hurt, or die, the | owner thereof being not with it, he shall surely make it 15. But if the owner thereof be with it, he shall not make it *::: if it be an hired thing, it came for his hire. 16 || And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. 17 If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins. 18 || Thoushalt not suffer a witch to live. 19 || Whosoever lieth with abeast shall surely be put to death. 20 " He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lok D only, he shall be utterly destroyed. 21 T Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him : for ye were strangers in the land of o: 22 Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. 23 If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; 24 And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless. 25 s If thou lend money to any of my o that is poor by thee, thou Shast not >e to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury. 26". If thou at all take thy neighbour's railment to pledge, thou shalt déliver it unto him o that the sun goeth down: 27 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 72 Of slander and false witness.


crieth unto me, that I will hear; for I am gracious. 28 || Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of th ple. 29 || Thou shalt not . ay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the first-born of thy sons shalt thou give unto me. 30 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. 31 And ye shall be holy men unto me: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field; ye shall cast it to

the d ogs. CHAP. XXIII. 1 Ofslander and false witness. 2 Of other offences and duties. 20:4n Angelfiromised, with a blessing, if they obey him. HOU shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. 2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment : 3 || Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause. 4T If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass ; astray, thou shalt surely * it back to him again. 5 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. 6 || Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. 7 Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay, thou not: for I will not justify the wicked. 8 And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous. 9 Also thou shalt notjo. a stranger: for ye know the heart of a ...; seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. 10 And six years thou shaltsow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof: 11 But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still ; that the poor of thy E. may eat: and what o leave, the asts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard. 12 || 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. 13 || And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the names of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth. 14 || Three times thou shalt keep a | feast unto me in the year.

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15 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:) 16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of in-gathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy I out of the field. 17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord God. 18 "I H. shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning. 19 The first of the first-fruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LoRD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk. 20 T Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee' into the place which I have prepared. 21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your tansgressions: for my name is in him. 22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. 23 For mine Angel shall gobefore thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I will cut them off. 24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works : but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. 25 And ye shall serve the Lond your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. 26 There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil. 27 I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemics turn their backs unto thee. 28 And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite from before thee. 29 I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest thesland become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thce.

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