Let’s examine the so-called “Ten Commandments”. There has been a lot of controversy in several States about separation of Church and State in reference to where these Passages are posted. Let’s see exactly what this is about. We shall use the Words of Exodus 20:1-14. There is a slightly shorter version in the Fifth Chapter of Deuteronomy. The differences between the Two are negligible. According to the Text, the entire Hebrew Nation actually heard these words. For clarity of explanation, we have grouped them according to numerical order, rather than traditional verses. The following is this writer’s rendering of these Hebrew verses.
Elohim spoke all these words, to respond:
- "I am YHVH, your God, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
- You shall not have the Gods of others in My presence. You shall not make for yourself a graven image or any likeness of that which is in the Heavens above, which is on the earth below, or which is in the water beneath the earth. You shall neither prostrate yourself before them nor worship them, for I, YHVH, your God, am a jealous God, Who visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons, upon the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me, and I perform mercy to thousands of generations, to those who love Me and to those who keep My commandments.
- You shall not take the name of YHVH, your God, in vain, for YHVH will not hold blameless anyone who takes His name in vain
- Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it. Six days may you work and perform all your labor, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to YHVH your God; you shall perform no labor, neither you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, your beast, nor your stranger who is in your cities. For in six days YHVH made the heaven and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, YHVH blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.
- Honor your father and your mother, in order that your days may be lengthened on the land that YHVH, your God, is giving you.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
XI. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
X. You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, his manservant, his maidservant, his ox, his donkey, or whatever belongs to your neighbor."
As can be shown, all Ten of these are very relevant, even in Modern Times. They are also very important to the understanding of Metaphysics. The Jews have always refer to these Sayings as the "Ten Words". Perhaps we can call them the "Ten Affirmations".