The Ten Commandments are 10 principles for human behavior. The commandments were given to Moses by God. They were written on two stone tablets. They are important principles that are the foundation of legal systems in many countries.
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Where Do the Commandments Come From?
The Ten Commandments appear in the biblical texts of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Exodus describes the commandments as being given to Moses on two stone tablets. Moses received the commandments on Mt. Sinai.
Some historians believe that these commandments come from the Hittite or Mesopotamian people. These people had laws and treaties. The historians believe that the commandments came from these laws.
Listing of the Commandments
Depending on the religion, there are some differences in the commandments. These differences may be in the language or the numbering of the commandments. Here is a listing of the Ten Commandments in Judaism.
1. I am the Lord thy God.
2. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.
5. Honor thy Father and Mother.
6. Thou shalt not murder.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
10. Thou shalt not covet.
Parts of the commandments are contained in the laws of many countries around the world.
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