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Throughout the Old Testament, there are hundreds of "commandments," covering all parts of life. Collectively, these make up "the Law" of the Old Covenant.
However, one group of commandments is very special, and it is known as "the commandments." That is the Ten Commandments, dictated by God, written in stone, and given to the people of Israel forever. The people of Israel placed The Ten Commandments first, separate and distinct above all others.
Most of The Law of the Old Covenant no longer applies to Christians under the New Covenant (See Hebrews 8:13, etc.) However, the main ideas of The Ten Commandments mostly still still apply to Gentile (non-Jewish) Christians, because they were ratified by Jesus in Mark 10:19 and Luke 18:20 when He said, "You know the commandments."
The Ten Commandments for the people of Israel are given in two different places in the Bible, once in Exodus 20:1-17 and once in Deuteronomy 5:6-22. The content is almost the same in both places.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, AS GIVEN TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL
Two statements: Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-22
EXODUS 20:1-17 (KJV) The Ten Commandments 1 And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee 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. 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy 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; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 13 Thou shalt not kill. 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15 Thou shalt not steal. 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. * * * "And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off." (Exodus 20:18 KJV)
DEUTERONOMY 5:6-22 (KJV) 6 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me. 8 Thou shalt not make thee 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 waters beneath the earth: 9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy 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, 10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. 11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. 13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: 14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. 15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day. 16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 17 Thou shalt not kill. 18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery. 19 Neither shalt thou steal. 20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour. 21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's. 22 These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, RESTATED FOR THE GENTILES
1. Do not put anything ahead of God your Creator. 2. Do not make or worship idols. 3. Do not take the name of God in vain. 4. Take one day of complete rest each week. 5. Honor your father and your mother. 6. Do not commit murder. 7. Do not commit adultery. 8. Do not steal. 9. Do not tell lies against anyone. 10. Do not covet other people's possessions.
NOTE: This kind of restatement of Biblical ideas is authorized by Jesus in Matthew 13:52, where He says,"Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old." I am a scribe (writer) who is "instructed unto the kingdom of heaven," and I am bringing forth new things like this, out of the treasure He has given to me.
May the Lord bless this presentation of His holy Word.
Rev. Bill McGinnis <>< firstname.lastname@example.org
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