What are the Ten Commandments?

You can read the ten Commandments in the Book of Deuteronomy in the Bible:

And God said:

“I am the Lord your God. I brought you out of Egypt, the country where you were slaves.

You will have no other gods except Me.

You will not make a false god for yourself. Do not make the shape of anything that is in the sky above nor on the earth beneath. Do not make the shape of anything that lives in the water. You must not bend down to them or obey them. I, the Lord your God, love you with a powerful love. I cannot let you love any other god. I punish children because of the bad things that their fathers have done. I do this to the grandchildren and to their children of everyone who hates me. But I show my love to thousands (1000s) of families who love me. These families will obey me.

You must not use the name of the Lord your God in a wrong way. The Lord will not excuse anyone who does this.

Always make the Sabbath day a special day, as the Lord your God has told you. Work hard for 6 days and do all the necessary work. But the 7th day is a day for rest which the Lord your God has given to you. On that day, you must not do any work. Neither will your children work, nor your servants, nor your animals, nor people from other countries who live with you. Your servants must rest in the same way as you rest. You must remember that you were slaves in Egypt. But I, the Lord your God, brought you out by my powerful authority. So the Lord your God has told you to make the Sabbath day a special day.

Always be very kind to your father and mother, as the Lord your God has told you. Then you will have a long life. Also, your life will be good and happy in the country that God is giving to you.

You must not kill anyone because you are angry with him. That is murder.

You must not have sex with the wife or husband of another person.

You must not take another person’s things.

You must not say things that are not true about anyone.

You must not want another man’s wife. You must not want the house or the field of another person. You must not want his slaves or his animals or anything that is his.”

These are the rules that the Lord spoke in a loud voice to you. You were all there. He spoke from the mountain, from the middle of a great fire. There was a cloud, but there was no light. He spoke only these words. Then he wrote them on two flat stones and he gave them to me. (Deuteronomy 5: 1 – 22)

To find out more, see Chapter 5, verses 17-48 of Matthew's Gospel

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