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Commandments

There are two original Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures that have been translated into English as "commandments." The first, pronounced mitz-vah, means to command. Example:

"And The Lord said unto Moses, Come up to Me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them." (Exodus 24:12 KJV) (see also What Did The Ten Commandments Look Like?)

The other word translated as "commandments," pronounced daw-bar, means word or spoken. It's used much less often than mitz-vah, usually in referring specifically to the Ten Commandments. While the example above described the same event, the giving of mitz-vah to Moses, a more specific word, daw-bar, is used for the Ten Commandments. Example:

"And He wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments." (Exodus 34:28 KJV) (see also The Ten Commandments Before Sinai?)

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

Commandments One to Four:
How To Properly Worship The Only True God

First
"I am The Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me."
(see also The First Commandment)

Second
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, 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 showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My Commandments.
(see also The Second Commandment)

Third
"Thou shalt not take The Name of The Lord thy God in vain; for The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His Name in vain.
(see also The Third Commandment)

Fourth
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou 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."
(see also The Fourth Commandment)

Commandments Five to Ten:
How To Live In Peace With Humanity:

Fifth
"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which The Lord thy God giveth thee."
(see also The Fifth Commandment)

Sixth
"Thou shalt not kill."
(see also The Sixth Commandment)

Seventh
"Thou shalt not commit adultery."
(see also The Seventh Commandment)

Eighth
"Thou shalt not steal."
(see also The Eighth Commandment)

Ninth
"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour."
(see also The Ninth Commandment)

Tenth
"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." (Exodus 20:2-17 KJV)
(see also The Tenth Commandment)

Fact Finder: Why do Jews and most Protestant Christians number the Ten Commandments as they were originally written, while Roman Catholics and some others have re-numbered the Ten Commandments their own way?
See Numbering God's Commandments

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