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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

 
 

 

 

Division of the commandments

The commandments passage in Exodus contains more than ten imperative statements, totaling 14 or 15 in all. However, the Bible itself assigns the count of "10", using the Hebrew phrase ʻaseret had'varim—translated as the 10 words, statements or things.[19] Religious groups have divided these statements in different ways. The table below highlights those differences using the NRSV translation.

Division

Commandment
Jewish
Protestant
Catholic / Lutheran / New Church
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt...
1
1
1
You shall have no other gods before Me.
2
You shall not make for yourself an idol...
2
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God...
3
3
2
Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy...
4
4
3
Honor your father and your mother...
5
5
4
You shall not murder.
6
6
5
You shall not commit adultery.
7
7
6
You shall not steal.
8
8
7
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9
9
8
You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
10
10
9
You shall not covet your neighbor's house...
10

References

^ [19] Exodus 34:28, Deuteronomy 4:13, Deuteronomy 10:4
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