Exodus 20:1 And God spoke all these
- NO FALSE GODS
Exodus 20:2-3 
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of
slavery.  You shall have no other gods before me.
- NO IDOLS
Exodus 20:4 You shall
not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or
on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
- DON'T MISUSE THE
Exodus 20:7 You shall
not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone
guiltless who misuses his name.
- KEEP THE SABBATH
Exodus 20:8 Remember
the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
- HONOR PARENTS
Exodus 20:12 Honor
your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD
your God is giving you.
- NO MURDER
Exodus 20:13 You shall
- NO ADULTERY
Exodus 20:14 You shall
not commit adultery.
- NO THEFT
Exodus 20:15 You shall
- NO PERJURY
Exodus 20:16 You shall
not give false testimony against your neighbor.
- DON'T COVET
Exodus 20:17 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.
remember the Ten Commandments differently."
Due to the large number of statues of various saints in Catholic
churches, the Roman Catholic Church combines Exodus
20:2-6 as a single commandment and breaks Exodus
20:17 into a "Don't covet your neighbor's wife" and
a "Don't covet your neighbor's goods" command, to de-emphasize the
"don't make an image" aspect of the second commandment.
A simplistic response to their approach is "No idols is
in a separate verse." However, verse
numbering was added way after the Bible was written.
If you study the Bible enough, e.g., Isaiah
and Ezekiel, it becomes pretty obvious
that God distinguishes between idols and false gods, although there is
some overlap. Generally, a false god is either a figment
of the person's imagination or a demon spirit pretending to be a god. On
the other hand, an idol is a thing built by man or occuring naturally,
e.g., a statue, the Sun, or the Moon.
Also see What God Requires of
(c) 1998 by Rick Reinckens
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