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Thursday, August 21, 2003

Oh, yeah... the Ten Commandments are Wrong.

There is one interesting thing about the 2 1/2 ton monument to the Ten Commandments that Chief Justice Moore is vociferously defending. From the picture of the monument on CNN.com, you can see that it lists the Ten Commandments incorrectly. It leaves out all of the details and particulars, and gives the utterly false impression that God issued a set of ten homilies.

Here is the King James version of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), with the rest of God's words in italics.

I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (verse 2)
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (verse 3)
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (verses 4-6)
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (verse 7)
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (verses 8-11)
5. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (verse 12)
6. Thou shalt not kill. (verse 13)
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. (verse 14)
8. Thou shalt not steal. (verse 15)
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. (verse 16)
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. (verse 17)

(The monument is not numbered, so I added the numbering that is implicit from the arrangement of the phrases. The numbering is the Reform Protestant version; Jews and Catholics number these nineteen commands differently -- it really depends on whether you think "I am the LORD your God" is a "commandment" or a "preamble," and whether "covet your neighbor's wife" deserves its own line.)

I'll ask the obvious question: Who is Roy Moore to edit God?

 4:27 PM

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