. Not exactly ten.
Where is the compassion?
2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery
Now there is controversy. That the Israelites were actually Caananites, who spent time in and out of the Egyptian sphere, depending on water availability. Not exactly slaves, but certainly treated as most nomads were by established agrarian societies. Either way, you're not my bloody god, you imaginary pastoral idea of deity.
3 Do not have any other gods before me.
Like, all the ones you used to worship? And still do, to be honest.
4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
"Like that one you wear around your neck, carry in your pocket, or those of the country you are sponging off of." Who says I worship those? Just a bit of luck, decoration, whathaveyou.
5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me,
Nice god you got there. Baby killer.
6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Gotta keep the political control somehow.
7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
Even though you are not actually allowed to say that name.
8 Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Does this mean Saturday and Sunday, and what about long weekends?
9 For six days you shall labour and do all your work.
How many hours per day? Is that a 40 hour week? How about feeding livestock, is that work? How about the women cooking, surely we don't have to go hungry one day a week?
10 But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.
So, a day off? Hey! Slaves are OK? Nothing like a consistent, ethical, moral code.
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it.
Yeah, but, well, being a god and all...
12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
What if my parents beat me, or fuck with me?
13 You shall not kill/murder.
What about self defense? Please define Murder, vs justified killing, revenge killing, accidental killing, legal execution....
14 You shall not commit adultery.
15 You shall not steal.
What if I have to feed my family, and the one holding the food is a cheat?
16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Ok, I'm on board with this one.
17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Covet? Or just want the same for oneself? What if I am a wife? So, you're not talking to me, right? Yeah, well screw you.