God spoke all these words, saying, "I
am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out
of the house of slavery.
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is
in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall
not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous
God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third
and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but
showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord
will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six
days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a
sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or
your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your
cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For
in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all
that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed
the sabbath day and made it holy.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in
the land which the Lord your God gives you.
You shall not murder.
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 house; you shall not covet your
neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox
or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
"God's purpose in human government is that it serve as both a custodian
and an enforcer of His eternal law. It has been correctly noted that all the
thousands of good and practical laws passed by hundreds of legislative bodies
and rulers throughout history are in reality only amplifications of the Ten
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