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Origins of the Ten Commandments

July 23, 2009 | by Aish.com

Here is why God gave the Jews the Ten Commandments:

God first went to the Canaanites and asked if they would like just one commandment from the Torah.

"What commandment?" they asked.

"Thou shalt not kill," replied God.

The Canaanites thought it over and said, "No thanks, we'll pass."

God then went to the Ishmaelites and asked if they would like just one commandment from the Torah.

"What commandment?" they asked.

"Thou shalt not steal!" thundered God.

"Are you crazy?" they replied. "No thanks."

So God finally went to the Jews and asked if they wanted one commandment.

"How much?" they asked.

"Uh…well, they're free," God replied.

"OK, we'll take ten."




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