The Ten Commandments
(Positively Stated)


Dove & Crossby Thomas A. Stobie, SFO


I felt inspired by the Holy Spirit to write down the ten commandments stated positively and to cover the full breadth of the commandment (as covered in the Catechism of the Catholic Church) and share this with others via the internet. If you have questions about what is written here, please contact me.

Some of the traditional commandments are in the form of "Thou shall not"; some are stated positively. Most cover more depth than is initially obvious just looking at the commandment.

I use the phrase "traditional-stated" as this is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church uses. I use the phrase "Positively-stated" to represent a more fuller positive statement of the commandment.

The Ten Commandments

# Traditionally Stated Positively Stated
I I am the Lord your God; you shall not have strange Gods beside me. You shall Worship and love the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.
Love God with your whole heart, mind, and soul. This entails placing God first in your life and letting nothing else be a god to you in any way.
II You shall not take the name of the Lord you God in vain. You shall respect and honor God's name.
God's name is holy and should only be used purposely to communicate with or to honor God.
III Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day. You shall devote time to worshipping and praising the Lord and time to rest, especially on the Lord's Day.
Spend time on Sundays and Holy Days worshipping the Lord in church and avoid work on these days.
IV Honor your father and your mother. You shall respect legimate authority, fulfill your responsibilities, use authority wisely, and love your family.
Obey all legimate authority in all legimate requests. Acknowledge and fulfill all responsiblities you have be given in a moral way. Any authority you have been entrusted with, use wisely and morally to serve those entrusted to your authority. Love your family.
V You shall not kill. You shall respect all human life.
All human life is sacred. You shall do your best to preserve and nuture human life. This applies both to all others regardless of location as well as yourself. You are 100% pro-life.
VI You shall not commit adultery. You shall keep sex holy.
Keep sex holy. Sex is holy only (1) in covenant marriage between a man and a women as an act of sacrificial love and (2) when open to new life.
VII You shall not steal. You shall respect all property and use goods entrusted to you wisely.
Respect the property of others. Be good stewards of all property entrusted to you. Collectively take care of the world for current and future generations.
VIII You shall not bear false witness againt your neighbor. You shall respect and honor the truth in your words and deeds.
Embrace the truth fully and bear witness to it. Live your life in honesty in both word and deed.
IX You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. You shall keep your heart pure.
Practice chastity in mind, heart, and soul avoiding those things that lure you to be impure.
X You shall not covet your neighbor's goods. You shall live humbly thanking God for all things.
Accept what God has given humbly. Thank God for what you have. Be poor in spirit. Avoid envy and greed.


  1. Catholic Church, Catechism of the Catholic Church, 15 August 1997, The Holy See, Vatican City. It is also available online from the USCCB.
  2. Doubleday (pub.), The New Jerusalem Bible, 1990, Doubleday, New York, New York.
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