Christian Catechism - The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

I. God spake all these words, saying: I am the Lord thy God, who have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; for 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 shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
III. 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.
IV. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
V. Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
VI. Thou shalt not kill.
VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
VIII. Thou shalt not steal.
IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.
What is the sum of these ten commandments?
The first table commands us to love God with all the heart, with all the soul and with all the mind. The second table teaches us that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. – Matt. 22. 31-40.
Has the law only respect to actions?
No: it has special respect to the inward movings or desires of the heart. – 1 Tim. 1: 5.
Does the law forbid secret lusts?
By all means; for it is written: thou shalt not covet. – Rom. 7: 7.
Has any one ever fully kept the law?
.No: they are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. – Romans 3: 12.
For what purpose was the law given?
That it was to be a school-master, till Christ appeared; and that man might have a knowledge of sin. – Gal. 3: 24, Rom. 3: 20.
Did the Prophets predict concerning the coming of Christ?
Yea, and all the Prophets from Samuel, and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. – Acts 3: 24.
What did Moses say of the Saviour?
He said: the Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken. – Deut. 18: 15.
Are there any predictions in the Psalms concerning Christ?
Not only the writings of Moses and the Prophets, but also the Psalms prophecy concerning Christ. – Luke 24: 44.


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