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Exodus 20:1-17

Then God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house where you were servants."
  1. Have no gods other than Me.
  2. Do not make for yourselves a god to look like anything that is in heaven above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. Do not worship them or work for them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God. I punish the children, even the great-grandchildren, for the sins of their fathers who hate Me. But I show loving-kindness to thousands of those who love Me and keep My Laws.
  3. Do not use the name of the Lord your God in a false way. For the Lord will punish the one who uses His name in a false way.
  4. Remember the Day of Rest, to keep it holy. Six days you will do all your work. But the seventh day is a Day of Rest to the Lord your God. You, your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your cattle, or the traveler who stays with you, must not do any work on this day. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea and all that is in them. And He rested on the seventh day. So the Lord gave honor to the Day of Rest and made it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother, so your life may be long in the land the Lord your God gives you.
  6. Do not kill other people.
  7. Do not do sex sins.
  8. Do not steal.
  9. Do not tell a lie about your neighbor.
  10. Do not have a desire for your neighbor’s house. Do not have a desire for his wife or his male servant, his female servant, or his bull or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
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The idea of a readable, but accurate, version of the Bible came to Gleason and Kathryn Ledyard as they worked in the Canadian Arctic with Eskimos who were starting to learn English. It was hoped that such a version would be useful wherever English is used as a second language.

For the most part, the words in this limited vocabulary edition have only one meaning. Difficult Biblical words were broken down into simple, meaningful phrases. The use of today's street language and of paraphrasing were not considered. The wording and beauty of older versions were kept in many places.

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