St. John Lutheran

Church

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Sharing the Joy

of His Name


The Ten Commandments

The First Commandment

Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

What does this mean?  We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

 

The Second Commandment

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love god that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

 

The Third Commandment

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we may not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

 

The Fourth Commandment

Thou shalt honor thy father and mother, that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we may not despise our parents and masters, nor provoke them to anger, but give them honor, serve and obey them, and hold them in love and esteem. 

 

The Fifth Commandment

Thou shalt not kill.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we may not hurt nor harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

 

The Sixth Commandment

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we may lead a chaste and decent life in word and deed, and each love and honor his spouse. 

 

The Seventh Commandment

Thou shalt not steal.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we may not take our neighbor�s money or goods, not get them by false ware or dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and business. 

 

The Eighth Commandment

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love god that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, nor defame our neighbor, but defend him, speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything. 

 

The Ninth Commandment

 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor�s house.

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we may not craftily seek to get our neighbor�s inheritance or house, nor obtain it by a show of right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it. 

 

The Tenth Commandment

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor�s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is thy neighbor�s. 

What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we may not estrange, force, or entice away from our neighbor his wife, servants, or cattle, but urge them to stay and do their duty.