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Also called 'The Decalogue' (Ten Words). Instructions said to have been given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai which have not only shaped Jewish and Christian belief and practice but also strongly influenced the legal systems of many countries. The Ten Commandments ('Decalogue') are found in Exodus 20: 1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21. The first four commandments deal with relating to God and the rest concern human beings' relationships with each other. Jesus summed them up as 'Love the Lord your God ' and your neighbour as yourself.'

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