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Tuesday, December 5

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Commandments

(Part of my series of posts on The Ten Commandments)

I made a New Year's Resolution to learn the commandments and to be able to explain them. There are multiple translations and ways of breaking the text into commandments. I've chosen to learn a Protestant version.

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

5. Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

[Exodus 20]

These don't seem particularly difficult to understand. I don't know exactly what is meant by "honor", but I am guessing it's something along the lines of the first definition from Dictionary.net:
1. Esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; respect; consideration; reverence; veneration; manifestation of respect or reverence.

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