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What is the correct list of the Ten Commandments?

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My RCIA teacher’s list of Ten Commandments excludes the second commandment forbidding idolatry and breaks the tenth into two separate commandments forbidding coveting. What is the correct listing of the Ten Commandments?

Answer

God’s commandments as recorded in Deuteronomy 5:6–21 and Exodus 20:2–17 seem to add up to more than ten, so it is not perfectly clear how their numbering is to be reckoned. The numbering used in your RCIA class is consistent with the traditional Catholic catechetical formula. Numbered this way, the commandment prohibiting idolatry is not left out but, rather, is considered to be a part of the first commandment.










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  1. Greg Reply

    Such a distortion, go into your Bible and you will clearly see, even in the Catholic version on the Bible that they clearly ignore the 2nd commandment in its own paragraph and pull out the ninth and tenth commandment out of one paragraph, an unnecessary and distorted separation. Maybe because you might look at their gift shops a little different if you read that over and over. Ex Catholic now Christian

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