The Second Commandment
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”
Question: Isn’t there more to the Second Commandment than just the words written above?
Answer: Yes. The phrase “thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image” is just a shortened form of the full Second Commandment. The brief version above contains the main point of the Commandment, however. The whole sentence reads as follows:
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20)
You may have noticed some unusual words in this Bible verse: shalt, thee, thou, thy, and shewing. These words were part of the English language when the King James’ Version of the Bible was
published in England in 1611. When you start to study the plays and poems of William Shakespeare in school, you will be reading a similar style of writing. Shalt is the same as our modern day “shall.” Thee and thou mean “you.” Thy means “your.” Shewing is the same as “showing.”
Practice: Today, and whenever you do one of these lessons, try to memorize the short version of the commandment. If you like, work on the full version, too.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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