The Tenth Commandment

The Tenth Commandment

“You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbor’s House; You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbor’s Wife, or Male or Female Slave, or Ox, or Donkey, or Anything that Belongs to Your Neighbor.” Exodus 20.17 This is the tenth and final commandment. To covet is to do more than simply want...
The Ninth Commandment

The Ninth Commandment

“You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor” Exodus 20.16 Bob and Jack work in a convenience store. Bob steals the money. They call the police to investigate. Bob tells the police. “The money was there when I went into the stockroom; when I came back it...
The Eighth Commandment

The Eighth Commandment

“You Shall Not Steal” Exodus 20.15 This is pretty basic. If a society condones stealing victims of theft will resent their loss and take matters into their own hands. At best the victim would try to recover their property. At worst they would try to recover their...
The Seventh Commandment

The Seventh Commandment

“You Shall Not Commit Adultery” Exodus 20.14 Most ancient societies were patriarchal; laws and customs were established by men for the benefit of men. Women had very few rights. Husbands could divorce a wife for as minor an offense as burning the soup; wives were...
The Sixth Commandment

The Sixth Commandment

“You Shall Not Murder.” Exodus 20.13 Earlier translations read, “Thou shalt not kill.” This was not an accurate translation because ancient Israel was involved in many wars. They had capital punishment. Clearly the intention here is against committing murder, killing...
In Congress, July 4, 1776.

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the...