Diane DeMasi

Freelance Writer & Author

Lists I Love, Part One: The Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments

Lists I Love, Part One: The Ten Commandments

I’m a list lover so I figured “why not share some of my favorite lists of all time?” starting with the Ten Commandments.

A little background: I believe in God. I’m not some psycho religious fanatic like Carrie’s mother (Stephen King’s book, Carrie). I do try to live a decent Christian life. I’m not a regular church goer. I say prayers every night and sometimes during the day when I need encouragement or see or hear something tragic.

However, I have never read the whole Bible. That is something I’ve wanted to do and just never made it a priority. I’m happy to say, it’s a priority. I began reading the Bible from the beginning, who begat who and all, in February of this year (2016) and I’m currently on the book of 2 Samuel.

Before you read them I challenge you to remember all ten. I never read them all prior to reading the Bible from the beginning. I knew: #’s 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10. But all ten? Yeah, no, I didn’t know them all.

Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, The Ten Commandments (taken from my Life Application Study Bible – because the one in the picture above I don’t always understand what’s going on).

Ten Commandments – Exodus 20:3-17

  1. Do not worship any other gods beside me.
  2. Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish. You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god! I not leave unpunished the sins of those who hate me, but I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations. But I lavish my love on those who love me and obey my commands, even for a thousand generations.
  3. Do not misuse the name of the LORD your God. The LORD will not let you unpunished if you misuse his name.
  4. Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the LORD your God. On that day no one in your household may do any kind of work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days the LORD made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; then he rested on the seventh day. That is why the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
  5. Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God will give you.
  6. Do not murder.
  7. Do not commit adultery.
  8. Do not steal.
  9. Do not testify falsely against your neighbor.
  10. Do not covet your neighbor’s house. Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else your neighbor owns.

Okay fess up, did you know all of them?