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10 Commandments

What Are The 10 Commandments?

The Ten Commandments are a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship, which play a foundational role in both Judaism and Christianity. These commandments are found in the Bible, specifically in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:4-21, and are as follows:

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me: This commandment emphasizes the monotheistic nature of faith, prioritizing the worship of one God and prohibiting the worship of other deities.
  2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image: This prohibits the creation and worship of idols or images as representations of God, stressing the importance of worshipping an unseen God.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain: This commandment teaches reverence for God’s name and discourages using it in a disrespectful or frivolous manner.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy: This emphasizes setting aside one day of the week, traditionally Sunday for Christians, as a day of worship and rest, dedicated to God.
  5. Honor your father and your mother: This encourages respect and care for one’s parents, recognizing the importance of family structure.
  6. You shall not murder: This prohibits the taking of another person’s life, affirming the value of human life created in the image of God.
  7. You shall not commit adultery: This commandment upholds the sanctity of marriage and sexual relations within the context of marriage.
  8. You shall not steal: This promotes respect for the property and rights of others.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor: This prohibits lying or giving false testimony, encouraging truthfulness and integrity.
  10. You shall not covet: This commandment addresses the desire or envy for what others have, encouraging contentment and gratitude.

These commandments are not just seen as ancient laws but are understood to be timeless principles that guide moral behavior and spiritual integrity, reflecting God’s character and His desire for humanity to live in a way that is pleasing to Him and beneficial for a harmonious society.