Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed."

Ten Commandments

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

In the plain form in which the head of the family shall teach them to his household.

THE INTRODUCTION

I am the Lord thy God.

THE FIRST COMMANDMENT

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear,  love, and trust in God above all things.

THE SECOND COMMANDMENT

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.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, conjure, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon Him in every time of need, and worship Him with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.

THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

Remember the Sabbath day,  to keep it holy.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not despise His Word and the preaching of the  same, but deem it holy, and gladly hear and learn it.

THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God  giveth thee.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not despise our parents and superiors, nor provoke them to anger, but honor, serve, obey, love, and esteem them.

THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT

Thou shalt not kill.

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do our neighbor no bodily harm nor cause him any  suffering, but help and befriend him in every need.

THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT

Thou shalt not commit  adultery.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we lead a chaste and pure life in word and deed, and  that husband and wife love and honor each other.

THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT

Thou shalt not steal.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not rob our neighbor of his money or property, nor bring them into our possession by unfair dealing or fraud, but help  him to improve and protect his property and living.

THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT

Thou shalt not bear false  witness against thy neighbor.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not deceitfully belie, betray, backbite, nor slander our neighbor, but apologize for him, speak well of him, and put  the most charitable construction on all that he does.

THE NINTH COMMANDMENT

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not seek by craftiness to gain possession of our neighbor's inheritance or home, not obtain them under pretense of a  legal right, but assist and serve him in keeping the same.

THE TENTH COMMANDMENT

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not estrange or entice away our neighbor's wife, servants, or cattle, but seek to have them remain and discharge their  duty to him.

THE CONCLUSION

What does God declare  concerning all these commandments?

He says:
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.

What does this mean?

Answer: God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments. We should, therefore,  fear His wrath, and in no wise disobey them.  But He promises grace and every blessing to all who keep them.  We should, therefore, love Him,  trust in Him, and gladly keep His commandments.

 

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