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The ten commandments

Discussion in 'Questions by Non-Christians (Archived)' started by Neo, May 21, 2002.

  1. Neo

    Neo the one

    What are the ten commandments?

    First Tables of Stone
    (Exodus 20, "which Moses didst break")

    1. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.
    2. You shall not make for yourself a graven image. You shall not bow down to them or serve them.
    3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
    4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    5. Honor your father and your mother.
    6. You shall not kill.
    7. You shall not commit adultery.
    8. You shall not steal.
    9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
    10. You shall not covet.


    Second Tables of Stone
    (Exodus 34, "the words that were on the first")

    1. Thou shalt worship no other god (For the Lord is a jealous god).
    2. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
    3. The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep in the month when the ear is on the corn.
    4. All the first-born are mine.
    5. Six days shalt thou work, but on the seventh thou shalt rest.
    6. Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, even of the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year's end.
    7. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread
    8. The fat of my feast shall not remain all night until the morning.
    9. The first of the first fruits of thy ground thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God
    10. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother's milk.
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  2. Josephus

    Josephus <b>Co-Founder Christian Forums</b> Supporter

    in Exodus 35:28, God is the one who writes the ten commandments. God then instructs MOSES to write down the Covenant laws which he just mentioned.

    The 10 Commandments is the first set you wrote. :)
  3. Neo

    Neo the one

    In Exodus 34, God tells Moses to write down the words from the first set onto the second, but the words on the second are different... :confused:
  4. Josephus

    Josephus <b>Co-Founder Christian Forums</b> Supporter

    There are two writings:

    The writings of Moses, and the writings of God. If you read, it is God who writes on the tablets, yet God instructs Moses to write too... where exact, and on 'what' not mentioned, but he is just told to write.
  5. Neo

    Neo the one

    I understand that God wrote the first set, and Moses the second set, but God instructed Moses to write down the words from the first onto the second, yet they are different... that's the part that doesn't make sense to me.
  6. Josephus

    Josephus <b>Co-Founder Christian Forums</b> Supporter

    no, God said to MAKE the tablets like those of the first. :)
  7. Neo

    Neo the one

    Exodus 34:1
    The Lord said to Moses, "Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.
  8. Josephus

    Josephus <b>Co-Founder Christian Forums</b> Supporter

    and he did.
  9. Josephus

    Josephus <b>Co-Founder Christian Forums</b> Supporter

    seebs has pmmed me on this issue, and I think he has something worth clarifying (but I hope I already have).
  10. seebs

    seebs God Made Me A Skeptic

    I think the key point is that Neo is assuming that the next material is "the words that were on the first tablets", and which was then written again on the second, and that you're assuming that it's something else.

    I think your interpretation is clearly correct, simply because the "second set" he posted starts in the middle of a discussion of other instructions *in addition to* the 10C, which look to be a foundation of the levitical laws. Re-reading the chapter, I think it's pretty clear that the second set he quoted is not "the 10 commandments", but some other general moral guidelines.
  11. woodchip

    woodchip New Member

  12. Ih8s8n

    Ih8s8n Well-Known Member