Questions on the commandments.

Could you tell me if the ten commandments are listed (all ten) somewhere else in the bible other than Exodus 20?

I would like know how do you use the Lord name in vain? I need examples so I can understand .

I have a habit if I hear some shocking news I will always say 'oh my GOD' and my husband always say that it is wrong for me to say that. He said that I am using the Lord name in vain. I always thought when you use it in vain that you are using it in a disrespectful manner. Please help us to clarify this! - Submitted by Felicia

You can also find a full listing of the ten commandments in Deuteronomy 5 although the explanitory wording for the forth commandment is slightly different there (after all, there can be more than one reason for keeping the Sabbath!)

The SDA Bible Commentary makes this statement:

In vain. The word thus translated means , iniquity, falsehood, vanity, emptiness. To inculcate reverence is the chief purpose of the third commandment (see Ps. 111:9; Eccl. 5:1, 2), which is an appropriate sequel to the two that precede it. Those who serve none but the true God, and serve Him in spirit and in truth, will avoid any careless, irreverent, or unnecessary use of the holy name. They will not indulge in profanity. Profanity, or any careless language for that matter, not only violates the spirit of religion but indicates a lack of breeding and gentlemanliness as well. ?Immodest words admit of no defence, For want of decency is want of sense. This commandment applies not only to words we should avoid but to the care with which we should use those that are good (see Matt. 12:34?37). The third commandment also condemns empty ceremony and formality in worship (see 2 Tim. 3:5), and exalts worship in the true spirit of holiness (John 4:24). It shows that obedience to the letter of the law is not sufficient. None ever reverenced the name of God more strictly than did the Jews, who to this day will not utter it. As a result, no one now knows how it should be pronounced. But in their extreme devotion to the letter of the law the Jews offered God an empty honour. This false zeal did not prevent the tragic mistake of the Jewish nation 2,000 years ago (John 1:11; Acts 13:46). The third commandment also forbids false swearing, or perjury, which has always been considered a serious moral and social offence deserving of the most severe punishment. The careless use of God's name denotes a lack of reverence for Him. If our thinking is on a spiritually elevated plane, our words will also be elevated, and will be dictated by what is honest and sincere (Phil. 4:8).

Nichol, F. D. 1978;2002. The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Volume 1;SDABC1 . Review and Herald Publishing Association

Barnes commentary adds to that: Our translators make the Third commandment bear upon any profane and idle utterance of the name of God. Others give it the sense, Thou shalt not swear falsely by the name of Jehovah thy God. The Hebrew word which answers to 'in vain' may be rendered either way. The two abuses of the sacred name seem to be distinguished in Leviticus 19:12 (see Matthew 5:33). Our King James Version is probably right in giving the rendering which is more inclusive. The caution that a breach of this commandment incurs guilt in the eyes of Yahweh is especially appropriate, in consequence of the ease with which the temptation to take God's name 'in vain' besets people in their common conversation with each other.

You then need to decide how you interpret that. When you say, as you do, 'Oh my God' -- are you calling out to him in prayer -- or are you just following common practice? That might be something for you to discuss with your husband -- and with others who may hear you saying it. What influence does it have on them?

In that you are asking the question it seems to me that you are moving in the right direction to come to an answer yourself.




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