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The Ten Commandments

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For centuries the Ten Commandments were displayed in every church, along with the Lord's Prayer.  The people would therefore be fully aware of both, and were encouraged to live accordingly, with a healthy respect towards God and their neighbour.  Today, even those who do attend church may not necessarily know either the Ten Commandments or the Lord's Prayer as they are no longer on permanent display, yet they are expected to live by and use them in their daily lives.

If Christians do not know what the word of God says, why should those who do not profess to be Christian be expected to live a 'godly' life?  If they are not told what God expects of them, then it is Christians who will be held accountable at the end of time, for not having told them, or even led them to believe something that goes against Scripture because they were ignorant of what the Bible says themselves.

The following is the Ten Commandments as given to Moses in the desert by God after the Israelites had left Egypt, having been enslaved there for 400 years.  After the Exodus passage we have included the Lord's Prayer, taken from the New Testament book of Matthew which was given by Jesus to His disciples when they asked Him to teach them to pray.  The Exodus account is taken from the New International Version (NIV) and the Matthew account is taken from the New Kings James Version (NKJV).

Exodus 20

And God spoke all these words: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

  1. "You shall have no other gods before me.

  3. "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

  5. "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

  7. "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.  On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.  Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

  9. "Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

  11. "You shall not murder.

  13. "You shall not commit adultery.

  15. "You shall not steal.

  17. "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

  19. "You shall not covet your neighbour's house.  You shall not covet your neighbour's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour."

Matthew 6: 9-13

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.

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