Genesis, the first book of Moses in the Holy Bible, tells us that God created the first man Adam from the dust of the earth and the first woman Eve from one of Adam’s ribs. We are also told that these first persons in the world were created in the image of the God who made them. How is it then that jealousy and disobedience reached such a point that Adam and Eve’s son Cain murdered his brother Abel? (See the Holy Bible, Genesis chapter 4, verses 1-9.) And thus began the chain of jealousy, disobedience, and disregard for human life that has plagued the earth all through history.
Today’s blog post in my snippet series of “Lighthouse Lamps”—which have the ability to enlighten all our lives—takes up where we left off in the last directive. The first four directives show us what our relationship with God should be: 1) One God, 2) no making of idols or worshiping them, 3) reverence for God’s name, and 4) rest and recreation [REE kree A shun] on a special day of the week set apart as sacred and holy.
The remaining instructions, the last six of the “Ten Commandments,” show us what our interpersonal relationships should be like. The first of these concerns the relationship with our parents. The rest deal with all personal relationships.
I told you in an earlier blog post that I have not studied Hebrew. That would be the language of the earliest transcriptions of God’s law given to Moses on Mount Sinai engraved on tablets of stone. The verb of today’s directive is translated two different ways in some of the languages I have been presenting. I will show you both. Audio is also available for you to listen to in the Google Translate app. May these words speak to your heart and direct your life.
English—Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13 KJV (Holy Bible King James Version)
English—You shall not murder. Exodus 20:13 NIV (Holy Bible New International Version)
Français—Tu ne tueras point. Exode 20 : 13 LSG (La Sainte Bible par Louis Segond)
Français—Tu ne commettras pas de meurtre. Exode 20.13 NFC (La Sainte Bible Nouvelle Français Courant)
Español—No matarás. Éxodo 20: 13 RRV60 (La Santa Biblia Revisión de Reina Valera 1960)
Español—No mates. Éxodo 20.13 DHH94 (La Santa Biblia Dios Habla Hoy 1994)
Deutsch—Du sollst nicht töten. 2.Mose/Exodus 20,13 DELUT (Lutherbibel 1912)
Deutsch—Du sollst nicht töten! 2.Mose/Exodus 20,13 HFA (Die Bibel, Hoffnung Für Alle)
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