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Commandments

 

in Judaism, precepts of a moral and social character that the church invests with divine authority. The Ten Commandments in the Old Testament are ascribed to Moses by the Judaeo-Christian tradition. There are several variants of these commandments in the Bible (Exodus, ch. 20;Exodus, ch. 34;and Deuteronomy, ch. 5). Along with the most simple moral norms (“Thou shalt not kill” and “Thou shalt not steal”) the Ten Commandments also demanded strict obedience in the performance of ritual—observing rest on Sabbath and avoiding forbidden foods.

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It is written, The first of all commandments, 'Thou shalt worship The Lord thy God, and only Him shalt serve.
It was as if God's World had fallen into the muck mire of the abyss underlying the bottom of hell; as if Jehovah's Commandments had been presented on carved stone to the monkeys of the monkey cage at the Zoo; as if the Sermon on the Mount had been preached in a roaring bedlam of lunatics.
He was a good German(and when Germans are good they are very good) who kept the commandments, voted for the Government, grew prize potatoes and bred innumerable sheep, drove to Berlin once a year with the wool in a procession of waggons behind him and sold it at the annual Wollmarkt, rioted soberly for a few days there, and then carried most of the proceeds home, hunted as often as possible, helped his friends, punished his children, read his Bible, said his prayers, and was genuinely astonished when his wife had the affectation to die of a broken heart.
I do not know if all matter will be found to be made of one element, as oxygen or hydrogen, at last, but the world of manners and actions is wrought of one stuff, and begin where we will we are pretty sure in a short space to be mumbling our ten commandments.
I could have put up with his drunkenness and neglect of his business, if he had not broke one of the sacred commandments.
I know not, I know not," returned his companion; "silver is far from plenty, at least in the wilderness, and your brazen idols are forbidden in the commandments of the Lord.
It broke from one line in the table of commandments at the altar, and illuminated the building with the words.
Why don't you mind your Commandments and honour your parent, you naughty old boy?
The place seemed smaller than it used to be; but there were the old monuments on which he had gazed with childish awe a thousand times; the little pulpit with its faded cushion; the Communion table before which he had so often repeated the Commandments he had reverenced as a child, and forgotten as a man.
Stelling, convinced that this must be carelessness, since it transcended the bounds of possible stupidity, had lectured him very seriously, pointing out that if he failed to seize the present golden opportunity of learning supines, he would have to regret it when he became a man,--Tom, more miserable than usual, determined to try his sole resource; and that evening, after his usual form of prayer for his parents and "little sister" (he had begun to pray for Maggie when she was a baby), and that he might be able always to keep God's commandments, he added, in the same low whisper, "and please to make me always remember my Latin.
Recall the commandment, or he will dissolve the castle and it shall vanish away like the instable fabric of a dream
We do not work on Sunday, because the commandment forbids it; the Germans do not work on Sunday, because the commandment forbids it.