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Biblical principles relating to ethics and worship

  • The Ten Commandments are important principles of Judaism and Christianity.
  • The Commandments prohibits idolatry, blasphemy, murder, theft, and adultery.
  • They appear twice in the Hebrew Bible - in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy.
  • According to the Exodus story, it was said that God inscribed the Commandments on two stone tablets and gave them to Moses on Mount Sinai.
  • Mount Sinai is now located at Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
  • The word 'Ten Commandments' translates to "the ten words", "the ten sayings" or "the ten matters".
  • They are also called Decalogue which translates to "ten terms" in Greek.
  • Commandment 1: You shall have no other gods before me.
  • Commandment 2: You shall not make for yourself an idol
  • Commandment 3: You shall not make wrongful use of the name of your God
  • Commandment 4: Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy
  • Commandment 5: Honor your father and mother
  • Commandment 6: You shall not murder
  • Commandment 7: You shall not commit adultery
  • Commandment 8: You shall not steal
  • Commandment 9: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
  • Commandment 10: You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor
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