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The Ten Commandments Quiz

We've all heard them --- but can we remember them?
Language taken from the King James Bible.
Quiz by CBTemple
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Last updated: June 2, 2012
First submittedJune 2, 2012
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Commandment
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Thou shalt have no other gods before me
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Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image ...
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Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
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Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
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Honor thy father and mother ...
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Thou shalt not kill
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Thou shalt not commit adultery
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Thou shalt not steal
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Thou shalt not bear false witness ...
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Thou shalt not covet ...
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level 15
Apr 19, 2012
Accept idol image.
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level 15
Apr 19, 2012
And false testemony.
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level 76
May 22, 2012
"Testimony" will now work. Thanks!
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level 6
May 22, 2012
Numeber two is wrong "Thou Shalt not make any Graven Image" is not right at all... its INCORRECT.. Its Thou Shalt Not Make any FALSE image.....
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level 76
May 22, 2012
Exodus 20:4 - Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (KJV)
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level 76
May 22, 2012
Added "carved" as an acceptable answer. "Carved" or "graven" is found in most translations I checked, but could not find any with "false".
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level 60
Dec 17, 2016
Very hard on the poor old sculptors.
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level 58
Nov 11, 2014
Depends on the version of the bible you're reading. King James (the old standard) says graven.
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level 20
Nov 1, 2016
You are right, it should be false.
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level 38
Feb 2, 2017
WRONG! - It's graven.
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level 57
Jun 9, 2012
Grew up with the KJV so finished with 3:31
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level 26
Nov 15, 2012
Me too!
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level 77
Jan 27, 2013
Atheist so finished with 3:34
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level 71
May 25, 2013
Lapsed Unitarian with 3:34 left.
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level 73
Jun 6, 2013
Nobody's business what I am...3:29 left
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level 43
Jun 29, 2013
Jedi Knight......I finished before the quiz started.
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level 63
May 9, 2014
Church of England... what's a Commandment?
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level 66
Jun 2, 2016
Another atheist with a respectable 3:02 left
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level 19
Jun 2, 2018
I don't care, so finished at the 456 B.C. mark, got 256.507257%, and I lied, I do care, so I'm only a 7 week old pair of headphones that mutated from a bag of trailmix published inside your local dominos factory for christmas trees in the Northern Atlantian Central Mall.
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level 71
Sep 6, 2016
I'm a damned Buddhist (see what I did there??) and even I got them all!
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level 80
Jul 8, 2017
I'm a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and I got them all right before this quiz even existed.
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level 60
Jun 9, 2012
All 10 in 3:39.
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level 47
Jun 10, 2012
This really messed me up since I was raised Catholic. The "second" one does not exist, and the "tenth" is the ninth and tenth.
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level 83
Jan 8, 2013
Yeah, not sure why the Catholic Church decided to alter the list. Guess the bible wasn't good enough for them :)
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level 23
Oct 10, 2018
Catholics didn't change the commandments at all. There are far more than just 10, anyway. The Church, from the beginning, summarised the commandments into the basic 10, which are slightly different from the list above. The Douay-Rheims version, used officially for many centuries by the Church, was a translation from the 4th century Latin Vulgate. Latin was the official language because those educated enough to be able to read could read Latin. 'Vulgate' means the language of the people. The wording of some of the Commandments was changed by the protestants, later on. E.g, the word 'graven' was questioned by some other readers (above). The context (in the actual Bible - i.e. the very next verse) of the word 'graven' is to make an image to be adored. Catholics are absolutely forbidden to adore anything, or anyone, except the one true God. Images are only to serve as reminders to pray. The Bible itself has God giving instructions for particular images to be made (re. Ark of the Covenant)
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level 77
Jan 16, 2013
The Catholics don't like that part about "graven images" so they took it off the list and split "thou shalt not covet" into two separate commandments.
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level 77
Jan 27, 2013
Catholics friggin love graven images. It was one of the Protestant's chief criticisms of them. So they did some Biblical ret-conning. No biggie... all religions have done it. So, nothing to be ashamed of unless you still believe your particular religion's holy text (whichever that may be) is the perfect and unchanging word of god.
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level 51
Apr 27, 2017
Nothing to be ashamed of either way, because *news flash* there was that little Protestant Reformation.
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level 77
Jul 7, 2017
I'm not sure what your point is.
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level 58
Aug 14, 2017
That all major religions are founded upon supposed hypocrisies?
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level 77
Oct 31, 2017
But why would Catholics be less embarrassed about following what they believe due to there being Protestants who believe something different? If they think the Protestants are right then why are they still Catholics? Or is he saying that Protestants wouldn't feel weird about believing in the perfect and unchanging word of God when the whole foundation of their religious movement was the idea that they ought to come along and change it?
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level 51
Oct 31, 2017
The point is that not everyone thinks religion is stupid. Don't talk like everyone's on your side. So no, I'm not ashamed because I think the Bible is the word of God. Because billions of people do. Deal with it.
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level 77
Nov 13, 2017
Truth and reality are on my side. I don't particularly care if delusion and fantasy are. I'll take my Stephen Hawking, Thomas Jefferson, Carl Sagan, Voltaire and Epicurus... you can have your Ray Comfort, Pat Robertson, Kirk Cameron and Ken Ham. Consider yourself dealt with.
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level 84
Dec 14, 2016
Actually the Catholic Church did not ignore what Protestants term the Second Commandment - in Catholicism it is part of the First Commandment. And apparently Lutherans follow the same numbering as Catholics.
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level 58
Jul 7, 2017
Thank you!
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level 2
Jun 11, 2012
Nice One! You should make more religion quizzes. I'm suprised most people don't get covet but my sixth grade teacher ground that into me... so it was easy.
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level 60
Nov 13, 2014
I have never even heard the word "covet"... :D It's hard to try to translate the Commandments to English because there are used difficult words :D
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level 76
Mar 13, 2015
"Covet" is another word for human nature. It makes one question god's motivations for pronouncing it a sin.
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level 38
May 31, 2017
Covet means longing for something to which you have no right. Like your friend's sweater... or your neighbor's wife/husband.
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level 61
Jun 12, 2012
STL1994, the catholic bible (basically the same as a protestant bible, only with additional books) lists the 10 commandments as they are here.
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level 20
Oct 29, 2012
Yes, but the Roman Catholic Church got rid of the second commandment and split the tenth commandment into both nine and ten.
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level 84
Oct 31, 2017
Check your sources first. The second one is part of the first one in the Catholic Church.
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level 29
Jun 14, 2012
Only missed covet
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level 4
Jul 6, 2012
10/10 yeah buddy
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level 13
Aug 15, 2012
10 for 10
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level 32
Aug 31, 2012
STL1994 is correct. Catholics number the 10 Commandments differently from Protestants.
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level 8
Sep 4, 2012
i had to look up the 2nd one on google because I've never heard of graven in my life. idol should definitely count
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level 20
Oct 29, 2012
These are not the ten commandments I know... I was raised Catholic, so we don't have the second one, and the tenth one is split into nine and ten.
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level 34
Dec 16, 2015
Same here. I'm Catholic and it seems the commandments on this quiz differ in that they split the first commandment into two, bump commandments 2-8 down a peg, and combine the 9th and 10th commandment into one.
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level 20
Nov 16, 2012
I'm not religious nor have I ever read any parts of the bible or whatever and I got 6/10 right, so I did pretty good =)
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level 24
Dec 30, 2012
wheee 10 outta 10 whoop whoop
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level 29
Jan 19, 2013
I managed to get 10/10 despite avoiding religion pretty much my entire life. yay?
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level 77
Jan 27, 2013
The non-religious typically know religion better than the religious, which is why they are non-religious.
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level 77
Jan 26, 2014
A common opinion of those who are religious is that what's really important is that you just "feel" your way to the truth.
I'm sure this is helpful because once you start looking at the actual facts, reading the actual texts, and studying the real history and material effects of any religion versus the claims made by its founders, it is almost impossible to believe in it anymore.
So, yes Jbam I agree with you, if what you want is to fall headlong into a delusional dreamworld a.k.a. change your life, then it is better to remain willfully ignorant and focus on your "relationship" with "god"- basically talking to yourself. There's a reason why "god" always knows precisely how you feel, and how to comfort you, and what makes sense to you. And there's a reason why everyone who believes in this sort of thing always thinks that god agrees with them, and yet still disagree with billions of other people who think the same thing. God = ego.
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level 77
Jan 26, 2014
I used to be a devout Christian by the way but I, unlike you, actually cared about what was true and what wasn't; and what was good and what wasn't; so I spent more time learning and less time communing with myself. Best of luck on your own journey Jbam. I'll pray for you...
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level 50
Oct 28, 2014
Kalbahamut, if what you say is true, then what about the times when we feel disconnected? When we feel like He doesn't understand? What's going on then? And also if you're an atheist who are you praying to? How can you pray for Jbam if you're an atheist?
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level 77
Nov 10, 2014
mr. cookie, we all deal with self-doubt from time to time. This is especially true if the things we believe and base our lives on don't really reflect what we see or experience. So, while we may be talking to ourselves and eventually we'll always come around (or lose our faith), when we expect some supernatural agency to intervene in the world based on those conversations and we can't find any evidence that it does or has... this can make us feel confused or disconnected.

As far as praying goes, does it make a difference? It's basically just ritualized wishing. Some religions there is more wishing than ritual, and others more ritual than wishing. Though in any case it's just downright condescending to end a message to someone this way. Just like telling someone who doesn't believe in your invisible friend that they need a change in their life. I was joking to illustrate a point. That's all.
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level 76
Nov 10, 2014
Kalbahamut, I'm a Christian - not a perfect one by any yardstick - but I hope I don't cram my beliefs down anyone's throat. I have noticed that many atheists seem to wear their nonbeliefs like a badge of honor and can't wait to tell believers how wrong and stupid we are for believing in whatever religion we follow, yet they resent if we try to explain why we believe as we do. Most of us follow whatever religion we were taught as children, but I hope I've come a long way from thinking that God was an old man sitting on a cloud in the sky making checkmarks by my name every time I do something wrong. Still, I see nothing wrong with my choice to follow a man who taught us to help others in need and treat people fairly. What I believe about his origins is my choice, and others are free to disagree. But just as you do not like religious people telling you that you are wrong not to believe, I do not like atheists telling me that I am not as smart or enlightened because I do.
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level 77
Nov 10, 2014
I didn't say you weren't smart and I don't see any atheists getting upset because of people explaining why they believe what they believe. There are plenty of other things that religious people often do that make them upset, but that's not one of them.
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level 77
Nov 10, 2014
I'm quite relaxed. If it seems otherwise then you are reading my comments with the wrong tone of voice in your head. :-/
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level 66
Jun 2, 2016
I think the reason that atheists are perceived as being quick to judge other peoples beliefs is because those beliefs work their way into political and social arguments where they don't belong. if you say that something should be illegal because it says so in the bible, I'm gonna fight you on that. same thing if you try to deny something that's scientifically provable, and so will most atheists. but I will not tell anyone that they shouldn't have beliefs, or that they are dumb for having them. on the other hand, there are some people who like to do that. mainly because there are assholes in every group of people
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level 77
Jul 15, 2017
@JusPal, it's also entirely condescending to say that knowing your god will change my life.

If you honestly believe nothing in science disproves the Bible, you either don't know science, don't know the Bible, or you are a liar. The Bible is disproven by science, by history, by philosophy, by mathematics, by geology, by cosmology, by common sense, by logic, and even by itself as it is internally contradictory.
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level 51
Oct 31, 2017
So if science and religion disagree, why are there so many scientists (~30-60% of those researched in a study by the Pew Research Society) who are religious?
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level 77
Nov 13, 2017
Which study are you talking about Aesthus? and what field of science were they trained in? I've seen different polls from different sources. The only ones I've seen that found 60% were religious were usually conducted in the United States and included a wide range of people under the banner "scientists" including grade school science teachers, meteorologists, doctors, social scientists (sociologists etc) and other people who never had to publish any actual research. There is an oft-cited statistic (now 17 years old, I imagine the present-day figure is even higher) that 93% of members of the elite National Academy of Sciences self-reported as atheist or agnostic, with the large bulk being atheist, and that figure jumped even higher if you only looked at scientists in certain fields like biology and cosmology where believers are extremely rare and Biblical literalists are non-existent.
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level 77
Nov 13, 2017
Assuming even that your 30% figure is accurate, that's still less than half the proportion of believers in the general population. So... clearly a proper education and disbelief in the supernatural are positively linked.

As to why there are still 7% of the members of the NAS who still believe in god? That's a good question. My only guess is that self-delusion can be a powerful thing. I speak from personal experience as someone who discovered that his faith was incorrect. I know it can be a difficult thing to set aside beliefs that are so important to you. Some people can't do it... so they compartmentalize their brain to protect the beliefs they don't want to let go of from the information that would endanger those beliefs.
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level 57
Sep 4, 2018
I also think this is an interesting question. I think a lot of enlightenment can be shed on the question by comparing it to another: "why do so many well-educated people believe in free will (or at least act as if they do)?" The answer is because although there is also no scientific evidence to support its existence, it feels so uncannily like we do have free will. People will take any rebuttal to reasons why it can't exist as evidence that it does simply because to begin with we are already so biased towards its existence. The physicist Jim Al-Khalili has argued that because of chaos theory there is no way of predicting what will happen in the future in a complex system, leaving room for free will. Although psychology and neurology have gone significantly further, they are also far from disproving the existence of free will. There is also the fact that people are often capable of holding two contradictory beliefs at once and continuing to believe them even when this is pointed out.
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level 19
May 4, 2016
Same.
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level 77
Apr 27, 2013
It would be fun to turn this quiz into a MadLibs...
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level 39
Mar 25, 2014
The 11th commandment: Thou shalt do the dance!
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level 20
Apr 1, 2014
Wow, I only got six...
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level 10
Apr 15, 2014
I got five right. That's five more than I knew...
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level 44
May 25, 2014
There's actually a couple of these I haven't broken...
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level 44
Oct 21, 2014
so lying isn't even mentioned in the 10 commandments. who knew
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level 76
Oct 21, 2014
Uhh...check out #9 again -- "Thou shalt not bear false witness". It's not about testifying in court (although that certainly applies).
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level 77
Mar 4, 2015
and against your neighbor, so like a lot of Biblical laws only applied to interactions between Hebrews and other Hebrews. Contemporary Christians almost always change/interpret this, though, to mean simply, "though shalt not lie."
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level 76
Apr 13, 2015
Kal, this was not intended to apply only to Hebrews vis-a-vis Hebrews, although it is true that this was the unintended result. Thus, when Jesus was asked, "Who is my neighbor?", He told the parable of the good Samaritan...the point being that everyone else is our (actually 'their', since I'm not Jewish) neighbor. Much of His teaching was to correct the misapplication of OT laws. Thus, when modern Christians simplify this commandment to "thou shalt not lie", it is correct because it applies to our dealings with everyone around us, and helps make explanations like this unneccesary.
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level 77
Oct 31, 2017
The myth of Moses and the myth of Jesus are separated by over a thousand years.
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level 51
Oct 31, 2017
What does Moses have to do with anything? They're both part of Christian mythology/canon.
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level 77
Nov 13, 2017
Aesthus, have you even read part of the Bible? Do you know where the 10 Commandments came from (allegedly)? They weren't delivered by Jesus.
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level 44
Nov 10, 2014
10/10....not bad for someone who isn't religious (though in all fairness i was raised jewish)
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level 80
Nov 10, 2014
You forgot the Second Commandment, the one about Americans owning guns.
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level 77
Nov 10, 2014
haha, good one.
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level 76
Nov 10, 2014
Can't believe I forgot covet. I'm really jealous of those of you who got it. :)
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level 70
Nov 10, 2014
Fundamentalism on this topic, down to the finer points of translation, is almost funny given the many and various translations across the several bridge languages, eventually to modern English, which was, after all, good enough for Jesus Christ.
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level 60
Dec 17, 2016
Jesus spoke English?
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level 60
Nov 14, 2014
I missed #6 - no killing. Of course, living in U.S., the land of state sanctioned and performed murders, that's no surprise.
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level 14
Feb 11, 2015
oops forgot about murder.................
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level 57
Apr 10, 2015
I'm surprised kill wasn't number one in which people get correct. I mean come on guys shouldn't that be what first comes to mind? Don't kill other people?
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level 38
Mar 30, 2017
Isn't it ironic that the commandment says "Thou shalt not kill" yet, centuries after this commandment was given, Jesus had to prevent a mob from stoning an adulteress to death? - This is one reason why, though I believe in the Supreme Being and his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, I have ZERO respect for organized religion.
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level 33
Jun 13, 2015
Only missed the last one...would have jogged by memory if the hint gave you "your neighbor's wife" just after. By cutting off awkwardly, I couldn't seem to recall what should go their.
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level 58
Jan 5, 2016
"respect" for "honor"?
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level 42
Apr 5, 2016
Thou shalt not envy?...
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level 39
Jun 5, 2017
Thou shall not covet, Thou shall not envy, pretty much the same thing
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level 19
May 4, 2016
100%, 3:30 remaining, and I'm an atheist.
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level 44
Aug 16, 2016
Everyone is acting like these are the only commandments given by God in the Bible. This are just 10 that were put into a list for Moses. Also, the sixth amendment is originally translated "Thou shalt not murder", meaning shed innocent blood.
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level 38
Dec 14, 2016
Originally "translated", not actually written.
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level 67
Jul 7, 2017
Jesus don't like killin', no matter what the reasons for.
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level 39
Jun 5, 2017
I thought #2 was grabben :/
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level 57
Jul 7, 2017
Me before quiz: oh I went to catholic school for six years I got this Me after quiz: yeah eights not thaaaat bad
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level 44
Jul 7, 2017
What happened to 'Do unto others...'?
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level 38
Jul 31, 2017
LOL - That is the Golden Rule, not one of the Ten Commandments.
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level 25
Oct 31, 2017
The birth, life and death of Jesus as the Son of God brought a lot of changes to the Old Testament. In the New Testament (Matthew 22 v 37-40), Jesus was asked which was the greatest commandment. He told them, to love God with all your heart, soul and mind; and love your neighbour as yourself. He added that all the commandments of the law and prophets hang on these two. The 'golden rule' comes from Luke 6:31, in Jesus' sermon on the mount.
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level 77
May 20, 2018
The "golden rule" is far more sensical than the 10 commandments, and probably older. We have examples of variations on this axiom from ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient India, ancient Persia, among other places.
In Jewish and Rabbincal tradition, Hillel the elder emphasized this: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn." Jesus summarized the Torah in a similar way: "Do to others what you want them to do to you... This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets"
Muhammad, also, made similar statements about common sense and decency superseding religious scripture. I can't find the exact quote now but it's something like "if you think a thing is evil it is evil, if you think a thing is good it is good."... something along these lines basically: you have judgment, use it.
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level 77
May 20, 2018
I like to bring up these verses to believers to point out that, even according to their most revered prophets, religion is evil. For instance, the Bible instructs you to murder your neighbor if they pick up sticks on a Saturday. But if that were me I'd prefer to not be killed for it. I wouldn't want to be stoned to death on my father's doorstep for not being a virgin on my wedding night, either, so I wouldn't do that to someone. And, though I had this done to me, if I had had a choice in the matter I wouldn't want to have been indoctrinated in the superstition, fear, and hate of the religious tradition that I was brought up in. If god gave me a brain, judgment, reason, intellect, and my senses I feel like it would be somehow wrong to not use them. Using them, we can see that religion is a great evil and that gods are an invention of man. Muhammad, Jesus, and Hillel the Elder agree on this: we have the capacity to reason our way to moral truths. We don't need old books for that.
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level 28
Jul 7, 2017
Finished with 3:42 and I'm 11... but I just learned them in church so it was unfairly easy.
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level 60
Jul 7, 2017
graven?
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level 60
Jul 7, 2017
Graven-..I went to Catholic church, Catholic High School, and Catholic college. Never heard Graven where i went. Maybe it varies by region.
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level 38
Oct 31, 2017
Since the Catholic Church worships through graven images, it would be logical that they would eliminate that prohibition from their version the ten commandments,don't you think?
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level 77
May 20, 2018
yep. and that's what they did. The definition of Cafeteria Catholics. Not that Protestants are really any better.
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level 79
Jan 7, 2018
Thou shall not ...pass?
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level 25
May 20, 2018
At first, I thought it said comments...
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level 23
Oct 10, 2018
This quiz should be entitled 'Non-Catholic 10 Commandments', or similar.