Thou shalt have no other gods before me
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1 And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
6 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:
13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
- After the death of Isaac Newton, it was discovered that he interpreted this to clearly identify the Lord thy God as having brought thee out of the land of Egypt — not Jesus. For this reason Newton considered Trinitarianism as a violation of the first commandment.
- What other gods? We are constantly told that there is one god and this god is clearly telling us to not accept any other gods, at least not before him.
- In Exodus, God also hardened the heart of the pharaoh on several occasions prolonging their 'house of bondage' and having them chased unnecessarily.
In United States law
- The 1st commandment is not a part of U.S. law or customs. Laws in the U.S. specifically state that any such requirement cannot be made into law.