Here is a hillbilly’s Ten Commandments rendition:

#1 – Just one God
#2 – Put nothin’ before God
#3 – Watch yer mouth
#4 – Git yourself to Sunday meetin’
#5 – Honor yer Ma & Pa
#6 – No killin’
#7 – No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal
#8 – Don’t take what ain’t yers
#9 – No tellin’ tales or gossipin’
#10 – Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff

In the China version, there are not to be Ten Commandments, but only nine.  And it is command number one (Thou shalt have no other gods before me.) that has to go.  Let me explain.  Recently on a Sunday morning, Chinese officials entered the nation’s largest government-approved and licensed church, to do a complete rules check.  Upon finishing its work, the head of the thirty-member “Patrol Inspection Team” ordered the pastor to remove the first command from the list of ten on the wall (the other nine could remain).  The reason?  It turns out that China’s leader, Premier Xi Jinping, is a jealous god and Christians must now first worship him (and the Communist Party) before anyone else.  This new national policy is to extend to all Ten Commandment displays throughout the land.  I got a feeling that soon the nine will be eight, the eight will be seven, the seven will be six, the six will be …


● The Ten Commandments were not a suggestion. … ● No man can break any of the Ten Commandments.  You can only break yourself against them … ● The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in parliament?  You can’t post “Thou shalt not covet” “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” and “Thou shalt not bear false witness” in a building full of politicians. It creates a hostile work environment … ● If men will not be governed by God’s Ten Commandments, then they shall be governed by man’s ten thousand commandments … ● The minute a thing is long and complicated it confuses. When God gave us these Ten Commandments, he made them short. So they may not always be kept, but they’ll be understood and remembered … … ● The Ten Commandments are not a multiple-choice question. … ● Socialism violates at least three of the Ten Commandments: one, it turns government into God, two, it legalizes slavery, and three, it elevates covetousness. … ● Once you depart from the Ten Commandments as being the foundation of right and wrong,  you are in a societal free-fall … ● I’m as broke as the Ten Commandments.

EXODUS 20:1-17