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The Ten Commandments with Luther's Explanation

The Ten Commandments

With Dr. Martin Luther's explanations as found in his Small Catechism

These are God’s commandments to His people written on two tablets of stone and given to Moses on Mt. Sinai as the Children of Israel wandered in the wilderness.

There is no way that we, as sinful mortals, can keep these commandments. Yet God demands that we keep every one perfectly every day of our life or we will die eternally.

God also knows that, as sinners, we cannot ever hope to keep them so He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross of Calvary in our place and thus has given us eternal life with Him in heaven.

 

The Commandments

God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments. Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands. But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments. Therefore we should love and trust in him, and gladly obey what he commands.

 

The First Commandment

You shall have no other gods.

 

What does this mean?

We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

 

The Second Commandment

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.

 

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not use his name to curse, swear, lie or deceive, or use it superstitiously, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

 

The Third Commandment

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

 

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and his Word, but regard it as holy, and gladly hear and learn it.

 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.

 

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve, and obey them, and give them love and respect.

 

The Fifth Commandment

You shall not murder.

 

What does this mean?  

We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

 

The Sixth Commandment

You shall not commit adultery.

 

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

 

The Seventh Commandment

You shall not steal.

 

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income

 

The Eighth Commandment

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

 

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him, and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

 

The Ninth Commandment

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.

 

What does this mean?
We should fear and love God that we do not scheme to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house or obtain it by false claims, but do all we can to help him keep it.

 

The Tenth Commandment:
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his workers or his animals or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

 

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not force or entice away from our neighbor his wife, workers or animals, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

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