The 10 Commandments - God's Revelation in the Hebrew Text

The 10 Commandments are found in Exodus, Chapter 20.  Here they are in their entirerty.


And God proceeded to speak all these words, saying:

"I am Jehovah your God, who have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slaves. You must not have any other gods against my face.

"You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or that is on the earth underneath or that is in the waters under the earth. You must not bow down to them nor be induced to serve them, because I Jehovah your God am a God exacting exclusive devotion, bringing punishment for the error of fathers upon sons, upon the third generation and upon the fourth generation, in the case of those who hate me; but exercising loving-kindness toward the thousandth generation in the case of those who love me and keep my commandments.

"You must not take up the name of Jehovah your God in a worthless way, for Jehovah will not leave the one unpunished who takes up his name in a worthless way.

"Remembering the sabbath day to hold it sacred,  you are to render service and you must do all your work six days. But the seventh day is a sabbath to Jehovah your God. You must not do any work, you nor your son nor your daughter, your slave man nor your slave girl nor your domestic animal nor your alien resident who is inside your gates.  For in six days Jehovah made the heavens and the earth, the sea and everything that is in them, and he proceeded to rest on the seventh day. That is why Jehovah blessed the sabbath day and proceeded to make it sacred.

"Honor your father and your mother in order that your days may prove long upon the ground that Jehovah your God is giving you.

"You must not murder.

"You must not commit adultery.

"You must not steal.

"You must not testify falsely as a witness against your fellowman.

"You must not desire your fellowman's house. You must not desire your fellowman's wife, nor his slave man nor his slave girl nor his bull nor his ass nor anything that belongs to your fellowman."


About 1,400 years later, the 10 Commandments were reiterated in Matthew 22, when Jesus was confronted by the religious "leaders/experts" of the day:

After the Pharisees heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they came together in one group. And one of them, versed in the Law, asked, testing him: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? He said to him: "'You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.'  This is the greatest and first commandment. The second, like it, is this, 'You must love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the Prophets."(Matthew 22:36-40).

After reflecting on Christ's answer it reveals"

The first 4 commandments are contained in the statement: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."

The last 6 commandments are embeded in the words: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Have you ever viewd the 10 Commandments and Christ's words in this light?

I'd love to here your thoughts..

Psalm 139:14, I shall laud you because in a fear-inspiring way I am wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, As my soul is very well aware.
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