Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

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The Ten Commandments

A random thought I had.

I read a book once in which one character tells of the mnemonic device she uses to remember the Ten Commandments. Some of the mnemonics work better than others, but they still let me remember which one is which after a brief moment of thought, so they work for me. (I think it's Lara Whyte in Jack Weyland's Sam.)

This is what she used. I'm paraphrasing from memory, especially the commandment itself, which I don't have memorised verbatim.

  1. One - think of "one and one only": "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
  2. Two - think of "zoo". Many zoos have statues of animals at the entrance or inside them. "Thou shalt not make unto thyself any graven image."
  3. Three - think of "tree". Trees have leaves, leaves have veins. "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain."
  4. Four - think of "door". A door has a keyhold. "Thou shalt remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."
  5. Five - think of "drive"; you're going on a drive with your parents. "Thou shalt honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the LORD thy God shall give thee."
  6. Six - think of "sticks". You can pick up a stick and kill someone. "Thou shalt not kill."
  7. Seven - think of "heaven". You can't go to heaven if you commit adultery and don't repent. "Thou shalt not commit adultery." (This one seems to me to be the most far-fetched or strained one. But it works for me.)
  8. Eight - think of "gate". People build gates to keep burglars out. "Thou shalt not steal."
  9. Nine - think of "lyin'". "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour."
  10. Ten - think of "hen". You shouldn't covet your neighbour's hen. "Thou shalt not covet they neighbour's ox ass man-servant maid-servant yadda yadda yadda, nor anything else which is thy neighbour's." (This quote is slightly paraphrased from the original in the Bible, especially the "yadda" bit.)

Just thought I'd share that with you.

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