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Christian Pilgrim

 

131. The Ten Commandments



Roman Catholics and the Lutherans, amongst others, add the first and second Commandments together to form one commandment (to try to water down the seriousness of the sin of their idolatrous practices), then split the tenth Commandment into two (to keep the number ten). This is clearly wrong. The tenth Commandment cannot be split in two, because Exodus 20:17 and Deuteronomy 5:21 put the list of things forbidden in a different order. If the Roman Catholic/Lutheran position is true, then in Exodus 20:17, coveting one's neighbour's house is the ninth Commandment, and his wife, manservant, maidservant, ox, ass, anything else is the tenth; but in Deuteronomy 5:21, coveting one's neighbours wife is the ninth Commandment, and his house, field, manservant, maidservant, ox, ass, anything else is the tenth. To make sense, the commandment cannot be split, thus proving the true division of the commandments is that of the non-Lutheran Protestants.


Exodus 20:17 - "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."

Deuteronomy 5:21 - "Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's."