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The Ten Commandments

These are the Commandments which God gave to man to guide him to happiness in this life and in the next.

1. I am the Lord thy God: Thou shall not have strange Gods before me.
Commands: faith, hope, love and worship of God, reverence for holy things, prayer.
Forbids: Idolatry, superstition; spiritualism, seance, astrology, fortune telling, ouija boards and all occult practices; tempting God, sacrilege, attendance at false worship.

2. Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Commands: reverence in speaking about God and holy things: the keeping of oaths and vows.
Forbids: blasphemy, the irreverent use of God's name, speaking disrespectfully of holy things, false oaths and the breaking of vows.

3. Remember thou keep Holy the Sabbath day.
Commands: going to Church on Sunday's and Holy Days.
Forbids: missing Church through one's own fault; unnecessary servile work; public buying and selling; court trials.

4. Honor thy father and mother.
Commands: love, respect, obedience on the part of children; care on the part of parents for the spiritual and temporal welfare of their children; obedience to civil and religious superiors.
Forbids: hatred of parents and superiors; disrespect and disobedience.

5. Thou shall not kill.
Commands: safeguarding of one's own life and bodily welfare of that of others; controlling one's anger.
Forbids: unjust killing, suicide, abortion, euthanasia, artificial contraception, sterilization, fist fights, endangering life and limb of self or others.

6. Thou shall not commit adultery.
Commands: chastity in word and deed; avoiding occasions of sin.
Forbids: pornography, bad movies, obscene speech; impure actions alone or with others; masturbation, fornication, homosexuality, incest, bestiality.

7. Thou shall not steal.
Commands: respect for the property and rights of others; the paying of just debts; paying just wages to employees; integrity in public officials.
Forbids: theft; damage to the property of others; not paying just debts; not returning found or borrowed articles; giving unjust measure or weight in selling; not paying just wages; bribery; graft; cheating; fraud; accepting stolen property; not giving an honest day's work for wages received; violation of contract.

8. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Commands: truthfulness, respect for the good name of others; the observance of secrecy when required.
Forbids: lying, injury to good name of others, slander, tale bearing, rash judgement, contemptuous speech; and the violation of secrecy.

9. Thou shall not covet thy neighbour's wife.
Commands: purity in thought.
Forbids: willful impure thoughts and desires.

10. Thou shall not covet they neighbour's goods.
Commands: respect for the rights of others.
Forbids: the desire to take, to keep, or to damage the property of others.

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