THE TEN COMMANDMENTS WRITTEN IN STONE
Think you know what the ten commandments written on the tablets of stone are? Think again!
The Ten Commandments ("The Covenant"). These were called the covenant and the testimony and they were put inside the ark.
Now of course we know that the ten are on them,
I You shall have no other god's before me
II You shall not make unto thee any graven image
III You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
IV Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy
V Honor your father and your mother
VI You shall not murder
VII You shall not commit adultery
VIII You shall not steal
IX You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
X You shall not covet,
The only way you can know for sure is to read it for yourself, from the Bible, so now read for yourself what scripture records, each commandment will be highlighted in a different color below.
First set of tablets before being destroyed by Moses;
Ex 24:12 And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.......
Ex 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God......
Ex 32:15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.
Deut 4:13 And He declared to you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and He wrote them upon two tables of stone.
The Replacement Set
Ex 34:1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.
Ex 34:2 And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.
Ex 34:3 And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.
Ex 34:4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.
Ex 34:5 And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord.
Ex 34:6 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
Ex 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
Ex 34:8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
Ex 34:9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.
Ex 34:10 And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the Lord: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.
Ex 34:11 Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
Ex 34:12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:
Ex 34:13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
Ex 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Ex 34:15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a-whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;
Ex 34:16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a-whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a-whoring after their gods.
Ex 34:17 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
Ex 34:18 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.
Ex 34:19 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.
Ex 34:20 But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.
Ex 34:21 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
Ex 34:22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year's end.
Ex 34:23 Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel.
Ex 34:24 For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the Lord thy God thrice in the year.
Ex 34:25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
Ex 34:26 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
Ex 34:27 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.
Ex 34:28 And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
Ex 34:29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.
Ex 34:30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.
Ex 34:31 And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them.
Ex 34:32 And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him in mount Sinai.
Ex 34:33 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face.
Ex 34:34 But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he took the veil off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.
Ex 34:35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the veil upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
The Laws and The Blessings and the Curses were put in the side of the ark. These define the covenant, the consequences for breaking the covenant and the terms to which the people agreed. Life or death.
Ex 25: 16 And you shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.
Deut31: 24-26 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against you.
Nowhere will you find what exactly was written on the tables of stone. The only hint we have as to what was on the original set was that there was enough writing on them to cover both sides of both tables, possibly more than just the ten most feel were written on them, could it have contained the above ten as well?
The point here is to never assume anything no matter how entrenched it is in societies thinking, study it for yourself.
Did you know that there where hundreds of commandments?
Below you will find 613 listed as found at http://www.613commandments.com.
Would you like to print out a copy of ten commandments you are familiar with and maybe frame them?
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