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42 Principles of Maat 2000 years before Ten Commandments

This is article first appeared on TrueStrange.com in May 2018 and was based a similar observation written earlier (July 15, 2017) by AncientPages.com. My version, however, got linked by Veterans.com and as a result I got some heat from Christian military people, but this isn’t intended to be any kind of an anti-Christian post. Christianity is the second largest religion in Egypt and Moses was an Egyptian, so this is all just part of history.

I had previously written that the Commandments were “taken from” the Principles, but this claim of mine was not based on any historical evidence other than the close resemblance of the text and the timelines. It was my guess. I apologize for any consternation or religious squabbles this article may have caused.

There are atheist writers who claim the 42 Egyptian Principles show that the Ten Commandments were just borrowed from the earlier non-christian Egyptian God’s teachings. On the other hand, the International United Church of God says that the Bible itself shows that the Ten Commandments existed before Moses. Those who believe that God gave the commandments to Moses can also easily believe and understand that God likely directed some of the Principles of Ma’at as well. Should this be surprising?

You could also consider, if you like, that the multiple gods of old, Egyptian and otherwise, were all manifestations of the same one God who just decided to make it easy for everyone by making that clear at some point. The Simulation theory allows many overlapping and conflicting views to co-exist in the same data environment and this makes life (and human relationships) very interesting! Back to our story…

The Ten Commandments, eight of them at least, very closely resemble several of the 42 Egyptian Principles of Ma’at written at least 2000 years earlier. I find the historical fact of this coincidence totally fascinating.

 

180px-maatsvg.png Written at least 2,000 years before the Ten Commandments of Moses, the 42 Principles of Ma’at are one of Africa’s, and the world’s, oldest sources of moral and spiritual instruction. Ma’at, the Ancient Egyptian divine Principle of Truth, Justice, and Righteousness, is the foundation of natural and social order and unity. Ancient Africans developed a humane system of thought and conduct which has been recorded in volumes of African wisdom literature, such as, these declarations from the Book of Coming Forth By Day (the so-called Book of the Dead), The Teachings of Ptah-Hotep, the writings of Ani, Amenemope, Merikare, and others.

One aspect of ancient Egyptian funerary literature which often is mistaken for a codified ethic of Ma’at is Chapter 125 of the Book of the Dead, often called the 42 Declarations of Purity or the Negative Confession. These declarations varied somewhat from tomb to tomb, and so can not be considered a canonical definition of Ma’at. Rather, they appear to express each tomb owner’s individual conception of Ma’at, as well as working as a magical absolution (misdeeds or mistakes made by the tomb owner in life could be declared as not having been done, and through the power of the written word, wipe that particular misdeed from the afterlife record of the deceased).

Many of the lines are similar, however, and they can help to give the student a “flavor” for the sorts of things which Ma’at governed–essentially everything from the most formal to the most mundane aspect of life.

Many versions are given on-line, unfortunately seldom do they note the tomb from which they came or, whether they are a collection from various different tombs. – wiki

Here is one collection to give you the general idea:

File:Moses bas-relief in the U.S. House of Representatives chamber.jpg
Moses marble bas-relief, one of 23 reliefs of great historical lawgivers in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in the United States Capitol. Sculpted by Jean de Marco in 1950. Diameter 28 inches. He’s very pale and has a beard.

I have not done iniquity.
I have not robbed with violence.
I have not stolen.
I have not made any to suffer pain.
I have not defrauded offerings.
I have done no murder nor bid anyone to slay on my behalf.
I have not trimmed the measure.
I have not spoken lies I have not robbed God.
I have not caused the shedding of tears.
I have not dealt deceitfully.
I have not acted guilefully.
I have not laid waste to the land.
I have not set my lips against anyone.
I have not been angry or wrathful without a just cause.
I have not lusted nor defiled the wife of any man.
I have not polluted myself.
I have not caused terror.
I have not done that which is abominable.
I have not multiplied words exceedingly.
I have never uttered fiery words.
I have not judged hastily.
I have not transgressed nor have I vexed or angered God.
I have not stopped my ears against the words of Right and Truth .
I have not burned with rage.
I have not worked grief.
I have not acted with insolence.
I have not avenged myself.
I have not stirred up strife.
I have not been an eavesdropper.
I have not wronged the people
I have done no harm nor have I done evil
I have not worked treason.
I have never fouled the water.
I have not spoken scornfully.
I have never cursed God.
I have not behaved with arrogance.
I have not envied or craved for that which belongs to another.
I have not filched food from the mouth of the infant.
I have done no hurt unto man, nor wrought harm unto beasts.
I have never magnified my condition beyond what was fitting.

Here is a different translation showing how they correlate with the 10 commandments. Moses, if he existed, (there is no undisputed historical/archaeological evidence that he did, other than the Bible), was an Egyptian. According to stories, he was adopted by an Egyptian royal family. He would have been familiar with these principles, and when given the tablets by God, therefore, he would not have been very surprised to read most of them.

THE 42 COMMANDMENTS OF ANCIENT EGYPT
I.€  Thou shalt not kill, nor bid anyone kill.
II.€  Thou shalt not commit adultery or rape.
III. Thou shalt not avenge thyself nor burn with rage.
IV. Thou shalt not cause terror.
V. Thou shalt not assault anyone nor cause anyone pain.
VI. Thou shalt not cause misery.
VII. Thou shalt not do any harm to man or to animals.
VIII. Thou shalt not cause the shedding of tears.
IX. Thou shalt not wrong the people nor bear them any evil intent.
X. Thou shalt not steal nor take that which does not belong to you.
XI. Thou shalt not take more than thy fair share of food.
XII. Thou shalt not damage the crops, the fields, or the trees.
XIII. Thou shalt not deprive anyone of what is rightfully theirs.
XIV. Thou shalt not bear false witness, nor support false allegations.
XV. Thou shalt not lie, nor speak falsely to the hurt of another.
XVI. Thou shalt not use fiery words nor stir up any strife.
XVII. Thou shalt not speak or act deceitfully to the hurt of another.
XVIII. Thou shalt not speak scornfully against others.
XIX. Thou shalt not eavesdrop.
XX. Thou shalt not ignore the truth or words of righteousness.
XXI. Thou shalt not judge anyone hastily or harshly.
XXII. Thou shalt not disrespect sacred places.
XXIII. Thou shalt cause no wrong to be done to any workers or prisoners.
XXIV. Thou shalt not be angry without good reason.
XXV. Thou shalt not hinder the flow of running water.
XXVI. Thou shalt not waste the running water.
XXVII. Thou shalt not pollute the water or the land.
XXVIII. Thou shalt not take God’s name in vain.
XXIX. Thou shalt not despise nor anger God.
XXX. Thou shalt not steal from God.
XXXI. Thou shalt not give excessive offerings nor less than what is due.
XXXII. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.
XXXIII. Thou shalt not steal from nor disrespect the dead.
XXXIV. Thou shalt remember and observe the appointed holy days.
XXXV. Thou shalt not hold back the offerings due God.
XXXVI. Thou shalt not interfere with sacred rites.
XXXVII. Thou shalt not slaughter with evil intent any sacred animals.
XXXVIII. Thou shalt not act with guile or insolence.
XXXIX. Thou shalt not be unduly proud nor act with arrogance.
XL. Thou shalt not magnify your condition beyond what is appropriate.
XLI. Thou shalt do no less than your daily obligations require.
XLII. Thou shalt obey the law and commit no treason.

Religious guidelines existed before laws existed and by reading these ancient Egyptian principles, you can see that human beings, divinely inspired or not, have been working on the details of right and wrong actions for a long time. Many of these Maat teachings are still quite applicable today. For anyone exploring the Simulation, they add historical perspective to other wisdom and guidelines we find during our tour.

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I saw the 42 in Stone thanks to Dr. Ben Yochanon fi Mir’s. Among
Other things. Never lied to me again

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Wow, this is great stuff!

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MG WELLS

Fascinating post. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the day

D. Wallace Peach
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D. Wallace Peach

Fascinating and yet it makes sense that mankind would have the same concerns and develop the same rules despite the centuries apart.

Paul Handover
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Paul Handover

Called by to leave my thanks for your recent decision to follow Learning from Dogs. Thank you!

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one sentence was a joke

Please no more black anger or white guilt! And please …no more my God this and your people that. All men can do evil, even egyptians, else they wouldnt need those 42 statements. Sometimes cultures fall and die, but else nothing new could grow. Many eurocratic cultures were tramped as well. We live now, and we have only the future to influence, lets not choose revenge or arguing over dusty old beliefs. All carry burdens of the past….we ARE individuals. Well except the jews, wich are zionistic lizards ….afcorse……sigh…lets not bigger over your “Gods” or my “gods”. When will we… Read more »

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parris wormley

Thankfully so pwormley3710@Gmail. com

Reda HarrisWalker
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Reda HarrisWalker

Does not your KingJames in scripture say Jesus speaking to the crowd that wanted to stone him. ,not for the miracles he performed but because he made himself God ? ,then Jesus aka Yeshua in Hebrew ,replied are ye not Gods ? FYI there were 16 Messiahs all from virgin births immaculately conceived an crucified…read ,research . I was distrothed ,angry an hurt when Father awaked me to truth Happy yes but those feelings i had to face the fact that all those years of lies an even preached lies but I had’ nt been enlightened yet ! More knowledge… Read more »

I AM
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I AM

“HE” When has a “HE” ever given birth to anything… Praise Mama…

David Alston
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David Alston

One mans evil is another man’s good. Lean not to thy own understanding. For example in certain parts of india it is a good thing to kill a girl baby if you did not get a boy. You say look within yourself to find the Most High. We live in a dimensional Universe comprised of cosmic evolution (time, space and Matter). We as human beings are part of that matter(atoms-protons, neutrons, and electrons ) everything is made Of matter. We did not invent ourselves or this universe. The question is not if their is a God the question is how… Read more »

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Reblogged this on moseswork and commented:
righteousness here and now, and into the afterlife.

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Reblogged this on kodakrome.

Roy Shelton
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Roy Shelton

Speak Queen!!!

Jerry
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Jerry

Perfectly put Judi

Joseph Collins
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Joseph Collins

I am challenged by the new information or light that is now coming my way,i never thought there was any reason to investigate or challenge what is written in the Bible, so now i must research
it’s authenticity and history, not trying to reinvent the wheel but must deal with the challenge i’m faced with.

Andrea
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Andrea

Shannah of Zion, why do you call it the book of the dead (king James Bible)?

Michelle
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Michelle

Sorry if my statement is a repeat of someone else’s, but I didn’t have time to read through the older posts… I am an out of the box thinker and I had a thought… For those who believe that events in scripture actually happened, this may bring some clarity, then again, maybe not. The Commandments, whether 10, 42, or 613, are universal. They do not belong solely to one particular group or nationality. It is a guideline for how we should respect all life created by the Most High, be it, a person, animal, water/land, and especially the Most High… Read more »

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Lynn Luv

Beautifully spoken TRUTH, Love it..???

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Cassis Wade (@UhPreSheAtion)

Ahabyah Of’Zion , I AGREE with YOU totally and you may never receive this response.You posted this 3 years and some change ago and who knows where I was but within myself has always been my shield from the expectations of The Industry we live in. Remain BLEssed lady and if you never witness these words the WORD is forever living in ME and YOU and you are a GODDESS do not down play your role.

John Sno
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John Sno

The ten commandments were part of 462 laws. Surely there would be some similarity between de ten commandments and any other book about morality or law at that time.

EarthIAm
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EarthIAm

85% are dumb,deaf and blind to this, 10% know the truth and have succeeded in confusing the 85%, your comment is evident of that. 5% know the truth and seek to spread it to those that are OPEN minded enough to receive it. How can you even ATTEMPT to know GOD without knowledge of self? Think about that and think about how Babylon has you and many others believing in some pale faced, blue eyed, blonde hair savior when even your HOLY BIBLE tells you that he had skin of BRONZE and hair of wool and yet that isnt important… Read more »

Dwayne
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Dwayne

Study the Nile Valley civilizations. Upon your c arrival, you will see chronologically what all religions adopted fragments from. If you believe in the bible, then this is a first….written in stone. Neter is God, supreme! The hidden One# Tmu/Amun or Amen….and you say it @ the end of your prayers.

tarey smith
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tarey smith

Peace and blessings be with you Goddess

pemssite
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pemssite

Religion was plagerized not Kemetic Spirituality.

pemssite
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pemssite

You should research deeper into the Kemetic way of life and the Principle of MAAT then you will gain deeper insight into the fact that the ancestors did not seem themselves as Gods/Goddesses. The Creators is within all things even you. MAAT is how the ancestors lived 5000 years without violence direspect towards others and a plethora of wholsomeness prior to European invasion. Before you judge our way of worshipping check your negative heart and maybe you will realize the Creator Amen did create Gods and Goddesses to govern his creation and MAAT is the way they do so. Don’t… Read more »

Jamie Brahm
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Jamie Brahm

great guy. completely wasted his time here though. the world is worse off for it, look at christianity, its a total mockery of what he taught. lesson is – being nice, and pretty words cant even change the blinded world when they come with miracles a magic tricks. maybe he’ll bring a dragon or something more effective next time

Jamie Brahm
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Jamie Brahm

they dont. god is a modern concept. the egyptian word means ‘aspect’. christainty is more or less a clone of isis cultism, nothing in the bible did not exist before it was written, nor one concept of christainity. guess god must more concerned with being heard, than like some, having exclusive rights to it, ego made flesh in the form of ideological superiority. incidentally, thats idolatry. idolatry is worshiping the symbol more than what it represents. as egyptians actually refered to theit symbols, as symbols, they cannot be called idols. Probably jesus, the cross, the church, and the pope come… Read more »

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Ashanti Sweeting

As√®! My sister. You hit the nail on the head with that one. But they won’t pay attention because they are blinded by foolishness, homosexual sex, alcohol, lust, drugs and greed. I have the Most High GOD inside of me. I am full of love. We have to go back to our ROOTS to discover the truths that we seek. P.E.A.C.E. – Proper Education Always Creates Elevation. Each One Teach One Until We’re All One! ! ! ! ! !

Skybluecalamity
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Skybluecalamity

Vote out democrats to help keep history correct

Skybluecalamity
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Skybluecalamity

Start by voting out democrats!

Isaac Smith
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Isaac Smith

Lorraine I love your understanding very well put if people would take a break from tradition and study not read “study”a lil of their history they would find out there is a difference between religious & spiritual we are a spiritual people by nature so when u look at the world from the perspective of being one with nature and the universe things don’t look or feel the same but it all starts with knowledge of self so our nubian history is a great place to start

Isaac Smith
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Isaac Smith

Lorraine I love your understanding very well put if people would take a break from tradition and study not read “study”a lil of their history they would find out there is a difference between religious & spiritual we are a spiritual people by nature

bulltowreck
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bulltowreck

Sparrow don’t be afraid to experience knowledge. Just because we were told something does not mean its true.

Larry Johnson
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Larry Johnson

Thou shalt not judge. How do you know so much more than anyone else. What makes you think your position of omnipotence makes you more right than anyone else? Were you alive back then? People are entitled to believe what they want. Unfortunately, unless you are God…who are you to judge? You may disagree, but you write like you are all knowing. Maybe you were alive back then…if you were, was Moses cool? I’m just saying.

Tumelo From South Africa
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Tumelo From South Africa

All ancient people are black, you scared to declare that. we know that for a fact. So do not come up and say race does not matter. infact your white jesus does not matter. Your people have subjugated the whole entire world, war mongers, disease developers, rapists! White supremacy made yal thought you are orginal human beings! that is the problem

Tumelo From South Africa
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Tumelo From South Africa

Listen here Tiger you scared because original people are black in ancient times, we know that for a fact! so we are talking black history period whether you like or not, for Europeans never loved Africans! Your people are still trying to whiten the True Egyptian sculptures and drawings making them look light brown and we know for a fact they are dark, dark dark! Renaming of North Africa into middle east, trying to brainwash the masses what the hell is that? on top of that with your fake as self proclaimed Je-wish caucasians while gaining power secretly all over… Read more »

Jay
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Jay

Still doesn’t take away the fact of where these principles came from. Stay Blessed

David
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David

These 42 Principles of Maat are derived from the Papyrus of Ani, dated 1260BC according to the British Museum which ‘acquired’ this sacred text in 1888. Yes there are older texts (the Pyramid and Coffin texts) which largely consist of magic spells and assitance in the afterlife. These earlier texts do not reference ancient Egyptian principles. Some scholars date this Book of Coming Forth by Day (Book of the Dead), the Papyrus of Ani, between 1400-1500BC. Regardless, the author has not provided any evidence to support his claim that they were “Written at least 2,000 years before the Ten Commandments… Read more »

Wayne Abraham
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Wayne Abraham

Ha ha ha. Thank the most high for revelations? What a joke. Seems more like “I am brainwashed, drank the koolaid, am a walking zombie and have absolutely no idea that I am a puppet of western religion”

zonique chase
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zonique chase

my name is zonique chase on face book i too was a believer in christ until now and i want to find god and want to know more about the creator,the almight mother and son

Brett
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Brett

Brother be positive no matter what, their ignorance is a opportunity to learn and for you to teach, peace

Blair
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Blair

Chronologically which came 1st the Ancient Egyptian use of the word GOD… LONG Before any White Supremacist bible was thought of. / Or where ever you originally heard of this Most High terminology?

Stanley
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Stanley

Just one clarification. The Bible does not claim that the Ten Commandments were the first time such rules were written down. However it may have been the first time the Jews knew of such principles. The fact that these rules of Maat were written down 2,000 year before the 10 Commandments just confirms that God has put these principles in human nature when he created them in the first place.

Ben
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Ben

It’s all mythology. All of it. Your 3rd eye is open sister.

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