|The Ten Commandments|
The Ten Commandments
1. I am the Lord Thy God; thou shalt not have strange Gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord Thy God in vain.
3. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
4. Honour thy father and thy mother.
5. Thou shalt not kill.
6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
7. Thou shalt not steal.
8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.
[From: The Most Rev. Dr. James Butler's Catechism, recommended by the four R.C. Archbishops of Ireland.]
The Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5, 1-22)
Moses called all the people of Israel and said to them:
"People of Israel, listen to all the laws that I am giving you today. Learn them and be sure to obey them."
At Mount Sinai the Lord our God made a covenant, not only with our fathers, but with all of us who are living today.
There on the mountain, the Lord spoke to you face to face from the fire. I stood between you and the Lord at that
time to tell you what he said, because you were afraid of the fire and would not go up mountain.
The Lord said:
"I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from Egypt, where you were slaves. Worship no God but me.
Do not make yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth.
Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, for I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals.
I will bring punishment to those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation.
But I will show my love to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my laws.
Do not use my name for evil purposes, for I the Lord your God, will punish anyone who misuses my name.
Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy, as I, the Lord your God, have commanded you.
You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh is a day of rest dedicated to me.
On that day no one is to work - neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor foreigners who
live in your country. Your slaves must rest just as you do.
Remember that you were slaves in Egypt, and that I, the Lord your God, rescused you by my great power
and strength. That is why I command you to observe the Sabbath.
Respect your father and mother, as I the Lord, command you, so that all may go well with you and so that
you may live a long long time in the land I am giving you.
Do not commit murder.
Do not commit adultery.
Do not steal.
Do not accuse anyone falsely.
Do not desire another man's wife; do not desire his house, his land, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else he owns."
These are the commandments the Lord gave to all of you when you were gathered at the mountain. When he spoke
with a mighty voice from the fire and from the thick cloud, he gave these commandments and no others.
Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.