Theological & Doxological Meditation #41

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Q.    Where is the moral law summarily comprehended? 

A.    The moral law is summarily comprehended in the ten commandments (Deuteronomy 10:4; Matthew 19:17). 

The Ten Commandments

#724, Trinity Hymnal (© 1990)

Versified by Dewey Westra, 1899-1979

Alt. in Psalter Hymnal, 1987


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.  


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