The Ten Commandments


The Ten Commandments are a set of civil and moral laws that God gave the Israelites through Moses, as recorded in the book of Exodus. The commandments address several areas of life from worship to marriage to legal proceedings. It is commonly observed that the first four commandments emphasize people's relationship with God and that the last six commandments emphasize people's relationship with other people. According to the Exodus story, Moses received the 10 commandments while on Mt. Sinai and they were originally recorded on stone tablets.


  • Eighth Commandmenthttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/lists/commandments/8-steal

    The 8th Commandment You shall not steal is the eighth of the 10 Commandments that God gave the Israelites through Moses. The eighth commandment prohibits theft in all its forms by recognizing the right of personal ownership of property...

  • Fifth Commandmenthttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/lists/commandments/5-parents

    The Fifth Commandment You shall obey your parents is the fifth of the 10 Commandments that God gave the Israelites through Moses. The transition from duties to God to duties to other people is made naturally in the fifth commandment, which promotes reverence for parents, to whom their children should look up to with gratitude...

  • First Commandmenthttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/lists/commandments/1-god

    The First Commandment You shall have no other gods before me is the first of the 10 Commandments, which prohibits the worship of any god other than Yahweh, the God of the Israelites...

  • Fourth Commandmenthttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/lists/commandments/4-sabbath

    You shall keep the Sabbath is the fourth of the 10 Commandments that God gave the Israelites through Moses. The Sabbath sets apart the seventh day of the week as belonging to Yahweh...

  • Ninth Commandmenthttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/lists/commandments/9-false-witness

    The Ninth Commandment You shall not commit false witness is the ninth of the 10 Commandments that God gave the Israelites through Moses. The ninth commandment safeguards the honor and the good name among of men and women in society because false accusations are slanderous, defamatory, and unloving...

  • Second Commandmenthttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/lists/commandments/2-graven-images

    The Second Commandment You shall not make for yourself any graven images is the second of the 10 Commandments that God gave the Israelites through Moses...

  • Seventh Commandmenthttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/lists/commandments/7-adultery

    The 7th Commandment You shall not commit adultery is the seventh of the 10 Commandments that God gave the Israelites through Moses. The purpose of the seventh commandment is to honor marriage, a God-created institution (according to Genesis 2), promote the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of the husband and wife, as well as protect children by providing them with a stable, secure, and nurturing home environment...

  • Sixth Commandmenthttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/lists/commandments/6-kill

    The Sixth Commandment You shall not murder is the sixth of the 10 Commandments that God gave the Israelites through Moses. Human life is so precious and sacred that no person should dare to take it away by violence...

  • Tenth Commandmenthttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/lists/commandments/10-covet

    The Tenth Commandment You shall not covet is the tenth and last of the 10 Commandments that God gave the Israelites through Moses. The tenth commandment is the most penetrating of them all, because it prohibits the inward longing, that is, the improper desire, for something that belongs to another person...

  • Third Commandmenthttp://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/lists/commandments/3-name-of-god

    The Third Commandment You shall not misuse the name of God is the third of the 10 Commandments that God gave the Israelites through Moses. The name of God - which in Hebrew is pronounced Yahweh (and sometimes written as "YHWH") - is sacred because it stands for His person; for this reason, it must not be used in any vain or false way...