The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

Simplified from text of Exodus 20:3-17; also listed in Deuteronomy 5:6-21.   New Testament Scriptures follow, each showing these moral commands graciously given by God so long ago still ring true!

Click the numbers on these commandments.

Commandments 1&2 are on site below.




You shall have no other gods before Me

“Love YHWH Your God with all your heart….”   Matthew 22:37

“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”       2Thes 3:5

Hear clips from these children’s praise songs here.


You shall not make for yourself a carved image nor bow down to it.

“Flee idolatry”  1 Cor 10:14

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols.”   1 John 5:21


You shall not take the name of the LORD Your God in vain.

“But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath…”  James 5:12


Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

This is the only one of the TEN Commandments that is not repeated in the New Testament. But it does say this:

“not neglecting to meet together… but encouraging one another all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”  Heb 10:25

(But many Christians celebrate the Lord’s Day of Resurrection!)



Honor your father and mother.

Ephesians 6:2 quotes the same.


You shall not murder.

“We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother”   1 John 3:12a


You shall not commit adultery.

“Flee from … immorality” 1 Cor 10:14;


You shall not steal.

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather that he labor…. “

Ephesians 4:28


You shall not bear false witness.

“Do not lie to one another…”  Col 3:9

“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor…”  Eph 4:25


You shall not covet.

“…flee these things.” 1 Tim 6:11

(speaking of “love of money” and craving.)

“… covetousness must not even be named among you…”  Ephesians 5:3

Fulfilling the Law

“8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.”  Romans 13: 9-10