Ten Tables

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The Ten Tables is an alternative name for the Ten Commandments. They are called this because, as the Authorised Version translates it, "And he [God] wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me [Moses]". The word 'tables' here in its 1611 usage, means what we should nowadays call 'tablets' or, more idiomatically perhaps, 'plaques': blocks of stone on which the words are carved. Moses is often shown in paintings carrying two rectangles of stone with five lines of writing on each.