Thou shalt not kill

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Ten Commandments
Protestant numbering
1st 6th
2nd 7th
3rd 8th
4th 9th
5th 10th
Catholic numbering
1st a b 6th
2nd 7th
3rd 8th
4th 9th
5th 10th

Exodus 20:13 Bible-icon.png:

13 Thou shalt not kill.

Deuteronomy 5:17 Bible-icon.png:

17 Thou shalt not kill.

Exodus 34:21 Bible-icon.png:

21 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.

Some translations read: Thou shall not murder.


  • This commandment is often cited as proof of the morality of the Bible or the necessity of the Ten Commandments, however almost every law code in the history of the world has included this rule. Any half-decent law maker would come up with this rule without needing to a god to tell them.
  • The Jewish people in the story traveled across the desert before finally being told that it killing isn't acceptable?

In United States law

  • This commandment is a part of U.S. law. Laws in the united states generally prohibit the killing of another individual. U.S. law goes beyond a simple "do not kill" statement. It makes exceptions in some cases for the killing of another individual (justifiable homicide, personal self defense, etc). U.S. law also goes further in that it defines tiers of severity for different types of killing. First Degree murder is considered more of an offense than less malicious killings (manslaughter, etc.). It is worth noting that this prohibition appears in some degree or form in virtually every society in the world, whether it is a Christian dominated society or not.
  • Many apologetics ([Ray Comfort] and [Kirk Cameron] included) reference Matthew 5:21-22 Bible-icon.png as another form of "murder." In this passage, Jesus warns against being angry at your brother without cause, and seems to equate it with murder. This act, however, is not illegal in any part of the United States - in fact, most would consider it absurd to attempt to bring charges on anyone who was angry at another without just cause.
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