The 10 Commandments

I am the Lord thy God

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the water under the earth:
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

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

4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days thou shalt 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:
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

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

6. Thou shalt not kill (murder).

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

8. Thou shalt not steal.

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife (see #7), nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

So that's it. Ten rules, each a single word in Hebrew. Every translator puts them in his own words, but you can look them up for yourself in my book (Exodus, chapter 20). If you don't have a copy of the Holy Bible go to a church, Bible bookstore, or online: Holy Bible in English or Nueva Version Internacional in Spanish.

If you violate one or more of the above rules, just go to a quiet place, tell me what you did, and ask forgiveness. That's it. Nothing fancy. I know what you did, you know what you did, just admit it and ask me to forgive your sins. You won't hear a bell in your head or see a flash, but you'll feel better and I'll feel better.

By the way, chapter 21 of Exodus has to do with rules concerning slaves. This was not written because I like slavery, but rather to put limits of some kind on it when it exists.
Also, I've noticed some confusion about rule #6. Apparently, translators for King James of England put "kill" instead of "murder." It is not a sin to kill a criminal. See Exodus 22:3 and 21:29 for examples of crimes that allow a death penalty. If your nation's laws allow you to defend yourself and your house with lethal force, you are not violating rule #6.

And stop misquoting me about money. I never said that money is the root of all evil. I said the love of money is the root of all evil, as it violates the very first rule above if you make money your god. Almost two-thirds of my son's parables had to do with money.

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