What are the…
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments are a summary of the immutable moral law. These commandments were first given in their written form to the people of Israel when they were encamped at Sinai, about fifty days after they came out of Egypt (Exodus 19:10-25).
They were written by the finger of God on two tablets (tables) of stone. The first tablets were broken by Moses when he brought them down from the mount (32:19), being thrown by him on the ground. At the command of God he took up into the mount two other tablets, and God wrote on them “the words that were on the first tables” (34:1). These tablets were afterwards placed in the ark of the covenant (Deuteronomy 10:5; 1 Kings 8:9).
They are obviously “ten” in number, but their division is not fixed, hence different methods of numbering them have been adopted.
The Jews make the “Preface” one of the commandments, and then combine the first and second.
The Roman Catholics and Lutherans combine the first and second and divide the tenth into two. The Jews and Josephus divide them equally.
The Lutherans and Roman Catholics refer three commandments to the first table and seven to the second.
The Greek and Reformed Churches refer four to the first and six to the second table.
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make yourself 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. You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall thou labor, and do all your work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
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