THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AND THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

“And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.”

Exodus 34:28 KJV

The Ten Commandments
King James Version (KJV

Exodus 20:1-17

1.) And God spake all these words, saying,
2.) I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3.) Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4.) 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:
5.) 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;
6.) And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7.) 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.
8.) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9.) Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10.) 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:
11.) 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.
12.) Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
13.) Thou shalt not kill.
14.) Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15.) Thou shalt not steal.
16.) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17.) 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.

The above is the ten commandments as presented in the King James version of the bible. Below is the ten commandments in the simplified and numbered form they are usually presented.

 

The Ten Commandments

1.) Thou shalt have no other gods before me
2.) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
3.) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain
4.) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy
5.) Honour thy father and thy mother
6.) Thou shalt not kill
7.) Thou shalt not commit adultery
8.) Thou shalt not steal
9.) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
10.) Thou shalt not covet

 

What is the greatest commandment?

“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV

 

Seven Deadly Sins in the Bible

“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV

There are serious consequences to these seven deadly sins:

Pride is considered the reservoir of all sin and there are two requirements, one is spiritual blindness and two is that each challenge to our pride will drive us to improve our illusion of productivity, sanctity and/or compassion. Spiritual blindness will blind us from actually catching any glimpse of God because that glimpse will reveal our frailty and sinfulness. We may be running away from ourselves as well as God and this is dangerous for our spiritual soul. Upon hearing a sermon about pride we are tempted to think of all the people we know who may need to hear this sermon but in reality it is us, we all need to read it. Pride is about us, and we retain our illusions by pointing to others.

Greed is a fear of failure or need. Some forms of greed:

  1. an obsessive desire for ever more material goods and the attendant power.
  2. a fearful need to store up surplus goods for a vaguely defined time of want.
  3. a desire for more earthly goods for their own sake.

Envy is the love of other people’s possessions rather than what is good, beautiful and true and is often portrayed as eating away the heart of the envious person.

Wrath/Anger is the emotion of the falsely righteous. Some say we can’t control our emotions, but we choose our emotions. If anger is in our heart already, events will bring it out. Once the anger wells up and starts to spill out, we have a decision to let it out or refuse to participate.

Lust dulls the spiritual senses but there is one good thing about the sin of Lust: it cannot persist into eternity. Sins of the flesh tend to burn themselves out over time. After a while lust becomes a habit and what pleasure it brought diminishes until we wonder what the attraction is. Lust is not limited to sexuality and may also be wanting the best food and wine; best looking car etc. In marriage, enjoyment is not the problem. Lust enters into marriage when sex is not a mutual expression of love, but rather the use of one person by another. This, of course, breeds resentment and eventual alienation, even if the couple do not separate.

Gluttony asks the question, “How Much Pleasure Is Enough”? Some forms of gluttony are:

  1. Wanting more pleasure from something than it was made for.
  2. Wanting it exactly our way also known as delicacy.
  3. Demanding too much from people.

There is a certain amount of discomfort to be expected in life, but the Glutton will have none of it. Instead of becoming strong by suffering the minor inconveniences of life, the Glutton insists on being pampered.

Sloth is a kind of spiritual laziness. It means not making it a priority to do what we should, or change what we should in ourselves. Some people might call it apathy, which is a lack of feeling. Christians sometimes don’t really want to know what the Bible teaches about something, so we put off reading or asking about it. Sloth is quite possibly the main reason why people don’t read good spiritual books. They will read Christian fiction or some odd Gnostic gospel instead that “tickles their ears,” but never the ones that could call them to action: loving their neighbor, helping the poor, telling the truth.

 

 

 

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