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How To Memorize the Ten Commandments


Several years ago, I found this cool mnemonic device for remembering the order of the 10 commandments.  I got it from Jack Weyland’s book Sam.

It isn’t especially important to know the order of the 10 commandments, but I thought it was fun, so here it is (paraphrased)  The mnemonic is the rhyming word right after the number, in parenthesis is any explanatory information, and in italics is the commandment (also paraphrased):

1 – none – Thou Shalt have no other Gods before me

2 – zoo – (Imagine the statues of animals at the zoo) – Thou shalt not make any graven image

3 – tree – (Imagine the veins in the leaf of a tree) – Thou shalt not take the name of they Lord in vain

4 – door – (A door has a doorknob, which has a keyhole) – Thou shalt keep the Sabbath day holy

5 – drive – (Your parents taught you how to drive) – Thou shalt honor they father and mother

6 – sticks – (Don’t hit people with sticks) – Thou shalt not kill

7 – heaven – (Adulterers won’t go to heaven) – Thou shalt not commit adultery

8 – gate – (People build a gate around their house to keep thieves out ) – Thou shalt not steal

9 – lyin’ – (God knows if you’re lying) – Thou shalt not bear false witness

10 – hen – (Your neighbor has a really awesome hen.  You know you want that hen.) – Thou shalt not covet

Admittedly, some of these are better than others, but it’s worked pretty well for me, though I do find I need to review it once in a while, lest I forget it.

I also know songs listing all the books in the Old Testament and New Testament.  On the upside, I know the names of all the books in the Bible.  On the downside, I usually have to sing the song in order to remember them.

Do you know any cool mnemonics for the scriptures?  Share in the comments below!



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  2. Janell Watson says:

    When I was teaching seminary we had 3 scriptures in section 130 of the Doctrine and Covenants. It was hard to rhyme for memory, so we created a limerick.

    Says Mighty Section 130
    Obedience to God isn’t nerdy.
    Intelligence remains if we forcefeed our brains
    And He has flesh and blood of a surety.

  3. Horace Tolliver says:

    I’m compiling as much information as possible on mnemonics or learning devices or tools to memorize the Bible.

    I’m finding some mnemonics randomly over the Internet, but can you please direct me to where I could find a mnemonic version of the Bible so to speak?

    In my experience in college and from reading the Bible countless times and continuously forgetting what I’ve read. I’ve learned mnemonics is a VERY POWERFUL tool in helping me retain information, for example, well over 20 years from graduating from college and secondary school, I can recall specific mnemonics I was taught (e.g., spring forward, fall back; knuckle method; Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally), and I am confident that applying mnemonics as it relates to the Bible is a powerful tool in applying the principles from the Bible.

    Any suggestions at all in regards to my efforts to locate as many mnemonics as possible as it relates to the Bible/Christianity principles?

    I’ve been finding random mnemonics here and there such as how to memorize the 10 Commandments and the 7 deadly scenes, but I really would like to have all the mnemonics as it relates to Christianity in one easily accessible reference even if I have to compile the notes myself.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my request.

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