Q. Where is the moral law summarily comprehended?
The Ten Commandments
#724, Trinity Hymnal (© 1990)
Versified by Dewey Westra, 1899-1979
Alt. in Psalter Hymnal, 1987
Tune Name: LES COMMANDMENTS DE DIEU 188.8.131.52.
Genevan Psalter, 1547
Arranged by Claude Goudimel, 1564; rev.
My soul, recall with rev’rent wonder
how God amid the fire and smoke
proclaimed his law with thunder
from Sinai’s mountain when he spoke:
“I am the Lord, your God and Sovereign,
who out of bondage set you free,
who saved you from the land of Egypt.
Then serve no other gods but me.
“You shall not bow to graven idols,
for I, a jealous God, your Lord,
shall punish sin in those who hate me,
but love all those who keep my Word.
“The Lord is God; his name is holy.
Do not his holiness profane.
God surely will not hold them guiltless
who take his holy name in vain.
“Remember, keep the Sabbath holy,
the day God sanctified and blessed.
Six days you shall do all your labor,
but on the seventh you shall rest.
“Honor your father and your mother;
obey the Lord your God’s command,
that you may dwell secure and prosper
with length of days upon the land.
“You shall not hate or kill your neighbor.
Do not commit adultery.
You shall not steal from one another
nor testify untruthfully.
“You shall not covet the possessions
your neighbors value as their own;
home, wife or husband, all their treasures
you shall respect as theirs alone.”
Teach us, Lord God, to love your precepts,
the good commandments of your law.
Give us the grace to keep your statutes
with thankfulness and proper awe.