The Ten Commandments of the Bible
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Beyond tThe first Biblical text to refer the commandments are found in Exodus 20, in which they are spoken to the people. There are biblical passages that also refer to ten commandments being written by God on stone, and it is widely though not universally held that these were the Ten Commandments as detailed (see also: "Ritual Decalogue" for an alternative view).
This tradition holds that the commandments were inscribed on what is called "tablets of stone", also referred to as "tablets of testimony" or "tablets of the Covenant", that God gave to Moses. Moses then gave them to the people of Israel in the third month after their Exodus from Egypt. Israel's receipt of the commandments occurred on the third day of preparations at the foot of the mount.
The Ten Commandments are precepts bearing on the fundamental obligations of religion and morality and embodying the revealed expression of the Creator's will in relation to man's whole duty to God and to his fellow-creatures. The 10 Commandments are found twice recorded in the Pentateuch.
The meaning of these Biblical Laws were well understood by our American forefathers as they made the foundational to Biblical law heritage.
18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
In the New Testament, Jesus repeated some of the commandments in Matthew 19:16-19 and condensed them into two general commands in another: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Here Jesus is quoting the Old Testament, namely Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18 respectively.
1 Timothy 1:8-11 (ESV)
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