What Are Some of the Ten Commandments?


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The first of the 10 commandments in the Bible says, "You shall have no other gods before me." Similarly, the second commandment, simplified, tells God's followers not to create any idols or physical images to worship.

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What Are Some of the Ten Commandments?
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The third commandment says not to take the name of God in vain. The direct Hebrew translation is "One should not empty the name," meaning one should not use the names of God in a manner that makes them mean nothing at all. Some say exclamations of surprise or upset such as, "Oh my God" or "Jesus Christ" take God's name in vain because they remove the divinity of the name or expression.

In the fourth commandment, God's followers are told to keep the Sabbath day sacred and acknowledged. In the creation week of Genesis, God created on every day except the seventh day when He rested. This is one of the reasons that worship services are held on either a Saturday or a Sunday, or the seventh day of the week depending on the calendar or denomination.

The fifth commandment says, "Honor your father and your mother." The sixth commandment bans murder while the seventh bans adultery and the eighth bans theft. Commandments nine and 10 deal with how a neighbor or acquaintance is treated, stating one should not bear false witness against or covet the possessions of anyone he knows.

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