The Ten Commandments

Exodus 20 (The Bible)

God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses to present to the Children of Israel as they were traveling to the Promised Land. God’s law is perfect; we are not. We are not able to keep the Ten Commandments perfectly; we are doomed to failure when we try. The Law shows us that we need a Savior. Jesus kept the law perfectly for us and died in our place to satisfy justice and to make us free from the law of sin and death.

1 And God spoke all these words:


2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before me.


4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in

Do not make idols

the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.


7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.


8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.


12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.


13 “You shall not murder.


14 “You shall not commit adultery.


15 “You shall not steal.


16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.


17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”


MARK 12:30-31 – New Testament – Jesus spoke these words which summarize the Law…

30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

None of us has kept these two beautiful, holy laws perfectly. Jesus did. He did it for us. We may believe Him and live forever. Our sin debt has been paid in full.


Romans 8:1-2 – The Bible (KJV) – There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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12 Responses to The Ten Commandments

  1. buttercup600 says:

    Amen..the last one…Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself…very very big in my life. Thanks for sharing dearest Carol…hope your week will be full of happiness, smiles and love xxx


    • Greetings, Amanda. Loving your neighbor as yourself is a beautiful endeavor that brings great reward. You are one of the kindest people I know. You truly do love your neighbor, Amanda. And you are truly loved in return. Blessings to you and many rewards to come your way… xx00 Love you…


  2. trisha says:

    they are awesome carol, so very beautiful. i have heard “ten commandments” as phrase so many time. this is the first time someone explained them. thanks a lot my dear friend.


  3. tekia says:

    Carol, I love it! and I agree with you completely. They will always, ALWAYS be a guide to having and maintaining a relationship with God and our fellow brothers and sisters. Maybe if we get these back in places they should be, the world would be a better place. Thanks for sharing this. Blessings to you XX


  4. Thank you for visiting, Te’Kia. I appreciate your comment and your love for God. Have a wonderful day and I am cheering for you in my heart to get your novel published. Blessings to you…


  5. Bonnie ~ Life of Bon says:

    What a great reminder of the commandments, Carol Ann! And the corresponding pictures builds a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing these, as we don’t get to see them enough in life now.


    • Thank you for visiting and reading. I’m glad that you enjoyed this one. I enjoyed looking for the photos and slipping them into the verses. The Ten Commandments were elemental in the forming of our country and constitution and remain active in the hearts of many. Blessings to you…


  6. lovemeanyway says:

    Carol Ann,

    This is an awesome post and it is so true that the 2nd commandment and Hosea 14 are a great link to each other. I didn’t know about Pingback…it is so neat! Thanks for the great post. May we all stay strong in the Lord!

    God bless,


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