The Ten Commandments

Exodus 20:2-3

I am Jehovah thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (ASV)

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (KJV)

God must be first and always first in my life. There cannot be any thing or any one who stands between me and my relationship with my Heavenly Father. When I place a person, a job, money, or anything else in the position of a god, I have broken this commandment and my life will be out of order.

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Exodus 20:4

Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor 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. (ASV)

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. (KJV)

You can set nothing up as an idol that you have created. To worship the work of your hands is idolatry and is forbidden by this commandmant. This does not mean that I cannot create something lovely. I love photography, art, writing, quilting and sewing, but if I set something I have created in these mediums up as an object of worship, it is against God's Commands.

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Exodus 20:7

Thou shalt not take the name of Jehovah thy God in vain; for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (ASV)

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. (KJV)

We take the Lord's name in vain when we use it in any other context than in worship. In Strongs definitions for this verse we find this for the word vain "in the sense of desolating; evil (as destructive), literally (ruin) or morally (especially guile); figuratively idolatry (as false, subjective), uselessness (as deceptive, objective)". In other words the Lord's name should not be used in anyway that is evil, false or deceptive either literally, morally or figuratively. Which means we all need to watch our words and out tongues in all things.

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Exodus 20:8-10

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is a sabbath unto Jehovah thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. (ASV)

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 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. (KJV)

God has commanded that one day a week be given over to rest and to honor and worship Him. I don't believe that we need to do nothing on this day of rest, but I do believe that we are not to work on this day of rest. If an afternoon game of golf is restful to you, then by all means play a game of golf. But don't be working on that presentation that you have to finish for work tomorrow. That should have been completed yesterday.

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Exodus 20:12

Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee. (ASV)

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. (KJV)

God placed us in families and gave us parents to care for us and in His plan, these parents are to show us the love that will lead us to our loving Heavenly Father. In return we are to show those parents honor and respect. This does not mean that as adult children we have to take every bit of advice that they render and follow it to the letter, we just give them the honor and respect of listening to them, caring for them and loving them and never ever making them feel less than important to us.

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Exodus 20:13

Thou shalt not kill. (ASV & KJV)

In the Literal Bible it reads, "You must murder not." In Strongs definitions, the word translated kill is actually better translated as premedited murder, or murder with a personal agenda. This does not mean a ban against killing bugs or animals for food, or for a ban on the death penalty - this is referred to under government. This Commandment is a personal one against taking the life of another deliberatly for personal gain.

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Exodus 20:14

Thou shalt not commit adultery. (ASV & KJV)

Adultery us the unfaithfulness of a husband or wife to their marriage vows. In those vows you promised to love, honor and cherish, in good times and bad times, forsaking all others until death do you part. I believe this means anything that takes pleasure and fulfillment away from your partner, including, but not limited to, "adult" sites on the internet, chat rooms that become explicit, "adult" magazines and books. This also includes the wife (or husband) who refuses to marriage rights to their spouse, or uses it as a reward or witholds it as a punishment.

In 1 Corinthians 7:3-5 Paul says that neither the husband or the wife has the right to deprive the other.

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Exodus 20:15

Thou shalt not steal. (ASV & KJV)

To steal means to take without right or leave (permission).How did you steal this week? Did you pad your expense account, or copy someone's answers, or borrow your term paper directly from some obscure book, or take that lovely background set when it says please not to, or maybe you used someone else's idea for a presentation, or...........? The list goes on. Stealing is far more that breaking and entering or purse snatching, it comes into each of our lives and rocks our very foundations. Be on the watch and pray for discernment.

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Exodus 20:16

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. (ASV & KJV)

Witness means one who sees something and testifies to it. Being a false witness is telling something that is untrue, or telling something you did not personally see or experience this is lying, something we were all, as children, taught not to do. Gossip could be considered a false witness, since it is witnessing to something you have not personally seen or experienced.

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Exodus 20:17

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. (ASV & KJV)

Covet means long to posses. In this instance it refers to your neighbor's family, lands and possessions. Two things come to mind here, first, coveting is greed. Wanting more than you have or need. It can lead to breaking several other commandments, like 1, 6, 7 and 8.

Secondly it creates malcontent within us. We have the illusion that nothing we have is any good and if we only had the mild and honey of our neighbor we would have everything we need and want and we will be happy.

The only way to true happiness on earth is in finding the Lord Jesus Christ as your Personal Savior.

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1Corinthians 1: 3-5

3. Let the husband render unto the wife her due: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.

4. The wife hath not power over her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power over his own body, but the wife.

5. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be by consent for a season, that ye may give yourselves unto prayer, and may be together again, that Satan tempt you not because of your incontinency.

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