The Tenth Commandment Summarizes the Previous Nine

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” (Exod 20:17).

This Tenth Commandment serves as a good ending and bracket to these Ten Words. This commandment is a good bookend, because the First Commandment is also about coveting. The First Commandment is about coveting another besides God as your god.

In fact, one could say, each commandment is above coveting something besides what God expects of all of us. Each of the Ten Commandments is about having the right desires. The sin of coveting is present in all of them.

  • Breaking the First and Second Commandments is about coveting another Lord.
  • Breaking the Third Commandment is about coveting another way to represent ourselves than by God.
  • Breaking the Fourth Commandment is about coveting your own time on the Lord’s Day.
  • Breaking the Fifth Commandment is about coveting your own rebellion over honoring your parents.
  • Breaking the Sixth Commandment is about coveting your life over another.
  • Breaking the Seventh Commandment is about coveting your sexual pleasure over purity.
  • Breaking the Eighth Commandment is about coveting other people’s life instead of the one God gave you.
  • Breaking the Ninth Commandment is about coveting deceit over the truth.

So you see, these commandments do not just stand alone.

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