What are the Ten Commandments?
Question: "What are the Ten Commandments?"
The Ten Commandments are ten laws in the Bible that God gave to the
nation of Israel shortly after the exodus from Egypt. The Ten
Commandments are essentially a summary of the 600+ commandments
contained in the Old Testament Law. The first four commandments deal
with our relationship with God. The second six commandments deal with
our relationships with one another. The Ten Commandments are recorded in
the Bible in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21 and are as follows:
(1) “You shall have no other gods before me.” This command is against
worshipping any god other than the one true God. All other gods are
(2) “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in
heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall
not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a
jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the
third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a
thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
This command is against making a idol, a visible representation of God.
There is no image we can create that can accurately portray God. To make
an idol represent God is to worship a false god.
(3) “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD
will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name.” This is a command
against taking the name of the Lord in vain. We are not to treat God’s
name lightly. We are to show reverence to God by only mentioning Him in
respectful and honoring ways.
(4) “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall
labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD
your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or
daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the
alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and
the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the
seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it
holy.” This is a command to set aside the Sabbath (Saturday, the last
day of the week) as a day of rest dedicated to the Lord.
(5) “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the
land the LORD your God is giving you.” This is a command to always
treat our parents with honor and respect.
(6) “You shall not murder.” This is a command against the premeditated murder of another human being.
(7) “You shall not commit adultery.” This is a command against have sexual relations with anyone other than your spouse.
(8) “You shall not steal.” This is a command against taking anything
that does not belong to us without the permission of the person to whom
(9) “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” This is a
command against testifying against another person falsely. It is
essentially a command against lying.
(10) “You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet
your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or
donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” This is a command
against desiring anything that does not belong to you. Coveting can lead
to breaking one of the commandments listed above: murder, adultery, and
theft. If it is wrong to do something, it is wrong to desire to do that
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Who is God?
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What is Theology Proper / Paterology?
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Did God create evil?
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Does God love everyone or just Christians?
Is God sovereign, or do we have a free will?
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Where was God on September 11th?
Why doesn't God still perform miracles like He did in the Bible?
Does God hear / answer the prayers of a sinner / unbeliever?
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Why was God so evident in the Bible and seems so hidden today?
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Why is God a jealous God?
Who created God? Where did God come from?
How do I get the image of God as imposing and angry out of my mind?
Does God change His mind?
Has anyone ever seen God?
What does it mean to fear God?
Is it wrong to question God?
Is there anything God can't do?
Does God have a sense of humor?
Why is God so different in the Old Testament than He is in the New Testament?
Is God / the Bible sexist?
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Is God fair?
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Is God male or female?
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Does God make mistakes?
What does God look like?
Why does God allow sickness?
What does it mean that God is love?
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What is deism? What do deists believe?
Does God still speak to us today?
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What was God doing before He created the universe?
What is God's will?
What is the immutability of God?
Could God create a rock so heavy He could not lift it?
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Why does God require faith?
Does God help those who help themselves?
Why does God allow birth defects?
Why does Scripture emphasize the right hand of God?
Does God have a physical body?
Can God sin? If God cannot sin, is He truly omnipotent?
What does it mean that God is infinite?
Why does God allow evil?
Why does Isaiah 45:7 say that God created evil?
Where is God now? Where is God when it hurts?
Does God want us to worship Him as Father?
Is it sometimes God's will for believers to be sick?
What is the key to truly knowing God?
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Is God cruel?
Is God imaginary?
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