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What are the Ten Commandment

List of the 10 Commandments from Exodus 20:3 ~ 17

(1)You shall have no other gods before Me.

This Commandment forbids us to put anything before God. For some their god is possessions, money, positions, other peoples, etc: God is demanding that first of all, we give Him prominence.



(2)You shall not make for yourself a carved 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; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Here describes the types of images that might be made and…“you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.” No images of God, statues or other articles are to be bowed down to and worshiped. God cannot be captured in a picture or statue and God will not tolerate things which might replace Him as the object of worship.



(3)You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Many take God’s name in vain daily because they have a poor vocabulary. We are to respect God’s name. His name represents who he is, His power, His nature and His character. To take God’s name in vain is to discount His position and authority.



(4)Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

There are some church denominations that have an incorrect interpretation of this command. When it was given, to the society of the time one worked every day. This commandment has protected workers from unscrupulous masters for centuries by giving workers time to rest and recuperate. The body was designed this way. The day of rest was originally Saturday. But the early Christians decided to use Sunday that corresponds to the gospels. Consider that Paul said that we shouldn’t judge each other over Sabbaths. It is good for us to take one day off per week.



(5)Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

Honor your father and mother; family is the foundation of society and very important. We are to honor our parents through our life, so in turn our children will see and get the message. It is an important key to an orderly society.



(6)You shall not murder

Murder generally refers to people who take the law into their own hands. and killing. It does not specifically refer to capital punishment and war issues, these are dealt with elsewhere in the Bible. This commandment refers to our responsibility for the death of others. It is a rule for the individual.



(7)You shall not commit adultery.

This commandment refers to cheating on your spouse. Jesus carried this even further when He said in Matt. 5:28 “whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.



(8)You shall not steal.

This not only applies to such things as robbing a bank, but also to those areas such as income tax returns, lotteries and expense accounts, stealing time from an employer, or just taking any little thing that does not belong to us.



(9)You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

When we are called to testify we are to be honest. we are not to give false information agianst another person. Does not gossip and slander about another fall in the same area.



When we are called to testify we are to be honest. we are not to give false information agianst another person. Does not gossip and slander about another fall in the same area.

When we focusing on what others have and what we don’t have we are coveting. We see things every day that we want, it may be their money, possessions, homes, position in society; it may be the neighbours wife or spouse.





Consider that the commandments are not negative, but rather they have a purpose to steer us in a positive and fruitful direction and also are there to protect us from harm if we obey them.

Which Commandment is greatest of all? Mark 12:29~31 Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment." And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these."

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