THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
1. I AM THE LORD THY GOD: THOU SHALT NOT HAVE STRANGE GODS BEFORE
COMMANDS: faith, hope, love, and worship of God; reverence for holy
FORBIDS: idolatry; superstition; spiritism; tempting God; sacrilege;
attendance at false worship.
2. THOU SHALL NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN.
COMMANDS: reverence in speaking about God and holy things; the keeping
of oaths and vows.
FORBIDS: blasphemy; the irreverent use of God's name; speaking disrespectfully
of holy things; false oaths and the breaking of vows.
3. KEEP THE SABBATH HOLY.
COMMANDS: going to church on Sundays and holy days of obligation.
FORBIDS: missing church through one's own fault; unnecessary servile
work on Sunday and holy days of obligation.
4. HONOUR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER.
COMMANDS: love; respect; obedience on the part of children; care on
the part of parents for the spiritual and temporal welfare of their
children; obedience to civil and religious superiors.
FORBIDS: hatred of parents and superiors; disrespect; disobedience.
5. THOU SHALT NOT KILL.
COMMANDS: safeguarding of one's own life and bodily welfare and that
FORBIDS: unjust killing; suicide; abortion; sterilization; dueling;
endangering life and limb of self or others.
6. THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.
COMMANDS: chastity in word and deed.
FORBIDS: obscene speech; impure actions alone or with others.
7. THOU SHALT NOT STEAL.
COMMANDS: respect for the property of rights and others; the paying
of just debts; paying just wages to employees; integrity in public
FORBIDS: theft; damage to the property of others; not paying just
debts; not returning found or borrowed articles; giving unjust measure
or weight in selling; not paying just wages; bribery; graft; cheating;
fraud; accepting stolen property; not giving an honest day's work
for wages received; breach of contract.
8. THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHOUR.
COMMANDS: truthfulness; respect for the good name of others; the observance
of secrecy when required.
FORBIDS: lying; injury to the good name of others; slander; talebearing;
rash judgment; contemptuous speech and the violation of secrecy.
9. THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHOUR'S WIFE.
COMMANDS: purity in thought.
FORBIDS: wilful impure thought and desires.
10. THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHOUR'S GOODS.
COMMANDS: respect for the rights of others.
FORBIDS: the desire to take, to keep, or damage the property of others.
UPLOADED BY MICHAEL G HAINS
SYSOP CATHOLICS' RESOURCE NETWORK
COMPUSERVE ID 76711,1340