20:18 “‘But I said to their children 1 in the wilderness, “Do not follow the practices of your fathers; do not observe their regulations, 2 nor defile yourselves with their idols. 20:19 I am the Lord your God; follow my statutes, observe my regulations, and carry them out. 20:20 Treat my Sabbaths as holy 3 and they will be a reminder of our relationship, 4 and then you will know that I am the Lord your God.”
20:24 I did this 5 because they did not observe my regulations, they rejected my statutes, they desecrated my Sabbaths, and their eyes were fixed on 6 their fathers’ idols.
1 tn Heb “sons,” reflecting the patriarchal idiom of the culture.
3 tn Or “set apart my Sabbaths.”
4 tn Heb “and they will become a sign between me and you.”
5 tn The words “I did this” are not in the Hebrew text, but are supplied for stylistic reasons. Verses 23-24 are one long sentence in the Hebrew text. The translation divides this sentence into two for stylistic reasons.
7 tn Heb “in the way of your fathers.”