Luther on God’s Law

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It would seem that before the fall, the negative eight prohibitions of the Decalogue would then probably have been framed just as positively as are its two injunctions “4 Remember the sabbath day!” and “5 Honour your father and your mother!”   After the fall we have eight negativized prohibitions, like: 1 “you shall not have any other gods before Me!”; 2 “you shall neither make nor worship any graven image!”; 3 “you shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain!”; 6 “you shall not kill!”; 7 “you shall not commit adultery!”; 8 “you shall not steal!”; 9 “you shall not bear false witness!”; and 10 “you shall not covet!”