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The so Called "Ten Commandments” was TEN WORDS. Most English versions have it: "Ten Commandments."
Exodus 34:28 (The Message) "Moses was there with God forty days and forty nights. He didn't eat any food; he didn't drink any water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Words."
(The Darby Translation has it "Ten Words)
The New English Bible has it: "And he was there with Jehovah forty days and forty nights; he ate no bread, and drank no water. -- And he wrote on the tables the words of the covenant, the ten words."
(Ten Commandments = Ten Words in Exodus 34:28, Deut. 4:13; 10:4)
For a better understanding and appreciation of the Ten Words - take note:
- They are commonly listed as brief, incomplete, out of contest, and trite rules.
- Out of contest ("They were given in a historical setting)?
- The Ten Words is a part of a covenant God made with the Children of Israel.
The Ten Words out of context can be OK, and not OK. Chief Justice Roy Moore had a 2.6-ton granite monumentdisplaying a carving of the Ten Commandments in the Montgomery, Alabama court.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson (Nov. 3, 2003) ordered the removal the monument. Judge Moore and his monument were removed from the court.
We can think the Ten Commandments should be on display in every court around the world. When viewed as a legal document it is not OK. When viewed as fundamental principles it is OK