Thou shalt not covet

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Exodus 20:17 Bible-icon.png Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

The 10th commandment prohibits coveting of a neighbors property. Property is said to include: house, wive, male slaves, female slaves, oxen, asses, or anything else.

Counter Apologetics

  • Wife is listed among property.
  • There is no prohibition against coveting a husband. Men and women are viewed unequally.
  • Slaves are listed among property.
  • Coveting is a thought crime.

In United States Law

  • The 10th commandment is possibly the commandment that is most firmly NOT a part of U.S. law. Capitalism is the basis for the U.S. economy. The idea that "I shouldn't want the nice things my neighbor has," if followed, would probably cause the collapse of virtually the entire U.S. economy. It is absurd to even pretend that this commandment even remotely applies to the U.S. system of laws.
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