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Ten Commandments

I am the Lord your God
You shall have no other gods before me
You shall not make for yourself an idol

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of your God

Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy

Honor your father and mother

You shall not kill

You shall not commit adultery

You shall not steal

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

You shall not covet your neighbor's wife

You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor

The Ten Commandments, or Decalogue, are a list of religious and moral imperatives that, according to Judeo-Christian tradition, were authored by God and given to Moses on the mountain referred to as "Mount Sinai" (Exodus 19:23) or "Horeb" (Deuteronomy 5:2) in the form of two stone tablets. They feature prominently in Judaism and Christianity. In Biblical Hebrew language, the commandments are termed (translit. Aseret ha-Dvarîm) and in Rabbinical Hebrew (translit. Aseret ha-Dibrot), both translatable as "the ten statements." The name "Decalogue" is derived from the Greek name  or "dekalogos" ("ten statements") found in the Septuagint (Exodus 34:28, Deuteronomy 10:4), which is the Greek translation of the Hebrew name.

The phrase "Ten Commandments" is generally used to refer to similar passages in Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21. Some scholars distinguish between this "Ethical Decalogue" and a different series of ten commandments in Exodus 34 that they call the "Ritual Decalogue".

Although Exodus 34 contains ten imperative statements, the passages in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 contain more than ten, totaling fourteen or fifteen in all. However, the Bible assigns the count of "ten" to both lists. Various denominations divide these statements into ten in different ways, and may also translate the Commandments differently.

 

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