The Commandments

Related to The Commandments: The ten commandments, The 10 commandments
the Decalogue, or summary of God's commands, given to Moses at Mount Sinai. (Ex. xx.
- Ex. xx.

See also: Commandment

References in classic literature ?
We were all in love with him--or with his voice, which was it?--when he began to read the commandments. I wish I could imitate him when he came to the fifth commandment.
I have heard the commandments read a great many times and I never noticed that any of them said,
Hatfield was one of those who 'bind heavy burdens, and grievous to be borne, and lay them upon men's shoulders, while they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers'; and who 'make the word of God of none effect by their traditions, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.' I was well pleased to observe that the new curate resembled him, as far as I could see, in none of these particulars.
We do not work on Sunday, because the commandment forbids it; the Germans do not work on Sunday, because the commandment forbids it.
I have carried out the commandment of the king; I have slain her, mad or sane, whom the king commanded should be killed, and I have earned not death, but a reward."
Thus, half of the Commandments are either in the criminal code or are too unwieldy to enforce generally through the criminal laws.
This collection provides a rich blend of historical study, contemporary reflection, and research on the commandments.
The 613 Mitzvot: A Contemporary Guide to the Commandments Of Judaism is a precise and rare study of the Jewish honor to the Commandments.
In particular, John Paul emphasized the continuing relevance of "the law which God gave to the Chosen People, beginning with the commandments on Sinai." He counselled that the fundamental negative commandments of the Bible such as "you shall not steal," "you shall not kill" and "you shall not commit adultery" are not antiquated precepts, but universal moral rules that "oblige each and every individual, always and in every circumstance."
Living Words explains, in plain and simple terms, why the commandments are beneficial to improving the quality of one's life, to the extent that they reveal a glimpse of life lived according to God's best hopes for the world, and presents them as a framework for personal and corporate relationships alike.
The second challenged the exhibition of the commandments in two Kentucky courthouses.
The first time, they were displayed alone and weren't part of "larger educational, historical, or retrospective exhibits." The second time, the commandments were surrounded by the complete text of other items (such as the national motto "In God We Trust") and by excerpts from others that specifically celebrated religion (such as a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan designating 1983 as the "Year of the Bible").