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Old 08-14-2003, 12:28 PM
Polycarp Polycarp is offline
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A couple of points: AFAIK, Catholics do not omit the "graven images" commandment, but take it as a prohibition of idolatry rather than statuary, which is why they read it together whth the "no other gods before Me" passage that immediately precedes it.

Second, the Decalogue (Ten Commandments taken as a Bible passage) are repeated at the end of the 40 years in the Wilderness. The first giving of them is three months after the actual Exodus from Egypt, and is recounted in Exodus 20:1-17. 40 years later, when the Israelites have arrived in Transjordania and are preparing to cross the Jordan into the Holy Land, Moses does a loooong sermon on all the stuff God's taught them, and begins it by reiterating theTen Commandments, with slight wording changes amplifying the original set, in Deuteronomy 5:1-21.

The (abridged) Episcopal listing of them in traditonal language (begins at bottom of page, continues onto next page) and modern language.