What Are The Ten Commandments?

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What are the Ten Commandments?

The Ten Commandments are the laws that God gave to the nation of Israel and they appear in the Book of Exodus.

What are the Ten Commandments in The Bible?

Below we have listed the Ten Commandments in order.

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me
  2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
  5. Honor your father and your mother
  6. You shall not murder
  7. You shall not commit adultery
  8. You shall not steal
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
  10. You shall not covet

Now let’s examine the Bible verses that the Ten Commandments came from.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.”

Exodus 20:3

In other words, our God is the one true God and we should not worship any other gods as they are false.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image-any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

Exodus 20:4-6

This states that we can’t make any idols that represent God.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

Exodus 20:7

Here, God is telling us not to use His name wastefully. 

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”

Exodus 20:8-11

In this passage, God is commanding us to work for six days out of the week and rest on the seventh, because He made heaven and earth in six days and rested on the seventh.

Therefore, the seventh day, the Sabbath, is a holy day.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”

Exodus 20:12

God is commanding us to honor and respect our parents.

“You shall not murder.”

Exodus 20:13

This is pretty self-explanatory! God is commanding us to not kill other people.

“You shall not commit adultery.”

Exodus 20:14

Adultery is when you have sexual intercourse with someone who is not your spouse.

“You shall not steal.”

Exodus 20:15

This is telling us to not take anything that isn’t ours.

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

Exodus 20:16

Basically, this is telling us not to lie.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Exodus 20:17

I’m sure that after reading the Ten Commandments you probably thought to yourself,

“I’ve broken some of these commandments, what happens now?”

That’s a good question.

Actually, everyone has sinned and broken the Ten Commandments and that is why we are in desperate need of a savior.

We recommend that you read about the gospel so you can find out about what God has done for sinners like us.

If you want to read more about the Ten Commandments, consider buying a Bible if you don’t already have one!

The Jerusalem Gift Shop has a very unique Bible that is made with olive wood.

Also, The American Bible Society has a wide variety of Bibles.

You can’t go wrong with either of these choices!