And God spoke all these words, saying,…
The Ten Commandments bold a conspicuous position in that prolonged revelation of Himself — His character, His will, and His revelations to mankind — which God made to the Jews. They can, therefore, never become obsolete.
I. The Ten Commandments rest on the principle THAT GOD CLAIMS AUTHORITY OVER THE MORAL LIFE OF MAN.
II. There can be no doubt that GOD INTENDED THAT THESE COMMANDMENTS SHOULD BE KEPT. They are not merely to bring us to a sense of our guilt, as some seem to imagine.
III. These commandments DEAL CHIEFLY WITH ACTIONS, not with mere thought or emotion.
IV. Before God gave these commandments to the Jewish people, HE WROUGHT A MAGNIFICENT SERIES OF MIRACLES TO EFFECT THEIR EMANCIPATION FROM MISERABLE SLAVERY and to punish their oppressors. He first made them free, and then gave them the law.
(R. W. Dale, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And God spake all these words, saying,