Exodus 20:2
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New International Version
"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

New Living Translation
"I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.

English Standard Version
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

New American Standard Bible
"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

King James Bible
I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.

International Standard Version
"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

NET Bible
"I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of slavery in Egypt.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt out of the house of slavery.

King James 2000 Bible
I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

American King James Version
I am the LORD your God, which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

American Standard Version
I am Jehovah thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Darby Bible Translation
I am Jehovah thy God, who have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

English Revised Version
I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Webster's Bible Translation
I am the LORD thy God, who have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

World English Bible
"I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Young's Literal Translation
I am Jehovah thy God, who hath brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of a house of servants.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:1,2 God speaks many ways to the children of men; by conscience, by providences, by his voice, to all which we ought carefully to attend; but he never spake at any time so as he spake the TEN COMMANDMENTS. This law God had given to man before; it was written in his heart; but sin so defaced it, that it was necessary to revive the knowledge of it. The law is spiritual, and takes knowledge of the secret thoughts, desires, and dispositions of the heart. Its grand demand is love, without which outward obedience is mere hypocrisy. It requires perfect, unfailing, constant obedience; no law in the world admits disobedience to itself. Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all, Jas 2:10. Whether in the heart or the conduct, in thought, word, or deed, to omit or to vary any thing, is sin, and the wages of sin is death.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - I am the Lord thy God. The ten precepts were prefaced by this distinct announcement of who it was that uttered them. God would have the Israelites clearly understand, that he himself gave them the commandments. It is only possible to reconcile the declarations of the New Testament, that the law was given by the ministration of angels (Acts 7:53; Galatians 3:19; Hebrews 2:2) with this and other plain statements, by regarding God the Son as the actual speaker. As sent by his father, he too was, in a certain sense, an angel (i.e., a messenger). Which brought thee out of the land of Egypt. God does not appeal to his authority as creator, but to his mercy and kindness as protector and deliverer. He would be obeyed by his people from a sentiment of love, not by fear. Out of the house of bondage. Compare Exodus 13:3, 14; and for the ground of the expression, see Exodus 1:14; Exodus 6:9.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I am the Lord thy God,.... This verse does not contain the first of these commands, but is a preface to them, showing that God had a right to enact and enjoin the people of Israel laws; and that they were under obligation to attend unto them with reverence, and cheerfully obey them, since he was the Lord, the eternal and immutable Jehovah, the Being of beings, who gives being to all creatures, and gave them theirs, and therefore had a right to give them what laws he pleased; and he was their God, their covenant God, in a special and peculiar manner, their King and their God, they being a Theocracy, and so more immediately under his government, and therefore had laws given them preferable to what any other people had:

which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt: where they had been afflicted many years, and reduced to great distress, but were brought forth with an high hand, and with great riches, and in a very wonderful and miraculous manner; so that they were under great obligations to yield a ready and cheerful obedience to the will of God:

out of the house of bondage: or "servants" (b); that is, where they had been servants and slaves, but now were made free, and were become a body politic, a kingdom of themselves, under their Lord, King, Lawgiver, and Saviour, Jehovah himself, and therefore to be governed by laws of his enacting; and this shows that this body of laws was delivered out to the people of Israel, and primarily belong to them; for of no other can the above things be said.

(b) "servorum", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. I am the Lord thy God—This is a preface to the ten commandments—the latter clause being specially applicable to the case of the Israelites, while the former brings it home to all mankind; showing that the reasonableness of the law is founded in their eternal relation as creatures to their Creator, and their mutual relations to each other.

Exodus 20:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Ten Commandments
1Then God spoke all these words, saying, 2"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3"You shall have no other gods before Me.…
Cross References
Exodus 6:6
"Therefore, say to the Israelites: 'I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.

Exodus 13:3
Then Moses said to the people, "Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the LORD brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast.

Exodus 15:13
In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

Exodus 15:16
terror and dread will fall on them. By the power of your arm they will be as still as a stone-- until your people pass by, LORD, until the people you bought pass by.

Exodus 15:26
He said, "If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you."

Exodus 20:1
And God spoke all these words:

Exodus 29:46
They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.

Leviticus 11:45
I am the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.

Leviticus 26:1
"'Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 26:13
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.

Deuteronomy 5:6
"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

Deuteronomy 7:8
But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Judges 2:1
The angel of the LORD went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, "I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, 'I will never break my covenant with you,

Isaiah 43:3
For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.

Jeremiah 2:6
They did not ask, 'Where is the LORD, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and ravines, a land of drought and utter darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?'

Jeremiah 16:14
"However, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when it will no longer be said, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,'

Jeremiah 34:13
"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I made a covenant with your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. I said,

Ezekiel 20:7
And I said to them, "Each of you, get rid of the vile images you have set your eyes on, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt. I am the LORD your God."

Ezekiel 20:19
I am the LORD your God; follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

Amos 2:10
I brought you up out of Egypt and led you forty years in the wilderness to give you the land of the Amorites.
Treasury of Scripture

I am the LORD your God, which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

the Lord

Genesis 17:7,8 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed …

Leviticus 26:1,13 You shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither raise you up …

Deuteronomy 5:6 I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, …

Deuteronomy 6:4,5 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD…

2 Chronicles 28:5 Why the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; …

Psalm 50:7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify …

Psalm 81:10 I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt: …

Jeremiah 31:1,33 At the same time, said the LORD, will I be the God of all the families …

Hosea 13:4 Yet I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt, and you shall …

Romans 3:29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, …

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the …

brought

Exodus 10:1 And the LORD said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh: for I have hardened …

Exodus 11:1 And the LORD said to Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more on Pharaoh, …

Exodus 12:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,

Exodus 13:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Exodus 14:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Exodus 15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song to the LORD, …

Leviticus 19:36 Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall …

Leviticus 23:43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel …

out of the

Exodus 13:3 And Moses said to the people, Remember this day, in which you came …

Deuteronomy 5:15 And remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt…

Deuteronomy 7:8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath …

Deuteronomy 13:10 And you shall stone him with stones, that he die; because he has …

Deuteronomy 15:15 And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, …

Deuteronomy 26:6-8 And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid on …

bondage. Heb. servants

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