The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

Mrs. Moses Diary

“The people all responded together, ‘We will do everything the Lord has said.’ So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.” Exodus 17:9b (NIV)

by Bonnie Beardsley

Dear Diary,

It has been three months and one day since we have left Egypt. We’re camped in front of Mount Sinai. Moses went to talk with God on the mountain. There was a lot of lightning and thunder. People were afraid to go near the mountain.  Moses was gone for forty days. He brought back to tablets, and on them the Ten Commandments:

(Exodus 20 NIV)

3 “You shall have no other gods before me. “There is only one God.”

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. “Do not make any idols or worship any idols.”

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. “Do not use God’s name as a bad word.”

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. “God worked six days and rested on the seventh, you do the same.”

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. “Respect and obey your parents. God will give you a long life for doing so.”

13 “You shall not murder. “Do not kill anyone.”

14 “You shall not commit adultery. “Husbands and wives must be faithful to each other.”

15 “You shall not steal. “Do not take what is not yours.”

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. “Always tell the truth.”

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” “Don’t worry about what others have, even if you don’t own anything like it.”

About Bonnie Beardsley

Bonnie Beardsley is a wife and mother of two boys. Her boys are grown and live on their own, but their dogs are still with her. Before the boys were born she wrote puppet skits for her church’s kids’ church. She is in the middle of writing her first book. Visit her at

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