“You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbours.” Exodus 20:17
We get our ninth and 10th commandments from this verse.
It seems really difficult here to see two clear separate commandments being presented. Obviously a wife is not property like a donkey or an ox so I can see obviously why the separation.
However are their any sins that are covered by the ninth commandment which aren’t already covered by the 6th? It seems to make more sense to talk of the 6th commandment as the one dealing with lust issues but Exodus 20:17 with all kinds of coveting. It seems to read much more naturally as one commandment.
Also we normally think of the 9th commandment as to do with lusting (you shall not covet your neighbours wife) But where does the coveting of the servant fit in? If we separate the wife because she is not property a “servant” is not property either as he/she is made in the image and likeness of God with dignity. But coveting someone’s servant is not likely to be lust.
When I read this passage it simply doesn’t seem to be referring to two seperate commands, but one command: “you shall not covet”.
Anyone have any insight here?