1: the act or power of commanding

2: something that is commanded; especially : one of the biblical Ten Commandments


H4687 mitsvah – commandment (of God) (of man)

G1785 entolē – an order, command, charge, precept, injunction

Scripture References

Leviticus 22:31 “Therefore you shall keep my commandments, and do them. I am Yahweh.

Deuteronomy 4:40 You shall keep his statutes, and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land, which Yahweh your God gives you, forever.

Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Matthew 22:40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”


A commandment, statute, or judgment is anything YHWH commands us to do or observe.  Commandments are YHWH’s instructions for righteousness and they are found in the first five books of the bible, known as the Torah.  The verses we have listed show the importance of keeping YHWH’s commandments, forever, throughout our generations.  Even the New Testament verses show the commandments are to be observed today.  Matthew 22:40 is often used to say that believers are only required to keep two commandments, love your neighbor and love YHWH, but Y’shua makes it clear that all of the Law (Torah, Commandments) depend on those two, NOT that those two are the only ones we are required to keep today.

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