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Exodus 24:12:

The LORD said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction." (ESV)

What is the difference between "the law" and "the commandment" given by God to Moses?

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    – taylor
    Jan 4, 2016 at 21:08

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Translations always provide issues. What it says in a less directly-translated manner is "the Torah and commandment".

Tracing back to the original: 'The Law' = תורה = 'the Torah' 'The Commandment' = מצוה = 'commandments'

The meaning then is that all of the 613 commandments in the Torah (the Law), derive from the ten commandment in some manner, according to the medieval Jewish commentator Rashi.

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