The 42 Laws of Maat: The Original Commandments?

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Many people have read or at least heard the biblical story of Moses and the Ten Commandments.  What I find interesting is so many know about the 10 commandments but have never heard of the 42 Laws of Maat.  Maat was the Egyptian Goddess designed to avert chaos (Islet) and maintain truth (Maat) in ancient Kemet (Egypt).  In the biblical story, Moses was adopted into Egyptian royalty and was educated in ‘all the wisdom of the Egyptians’ according to Acts 7:22.   This means the biblical Moses would have been well aware of the 42 Laws of Maat.  The laws of Maat are dated as far back as 2925 B.C.E., meaning their existence predates the commandments received by Moses by 2000+ years!   I found it very interesting that the biblical 10 commandments can be somewhat found in the 42 Laws of Maat.  Could it be that Moses was inspired by ancient Egyptian teachings when he wrote the commandments?  I mean…it does say he was educated in all Egyptian ways.  Check out the 42 (Divine Priciples) Laws of Maat below, do your research, and post your thoughts.

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The 42 Divine Principles of Maat:

    1. I have not committed sin.
    1. I have not committed robbery with violence.
    1. I have not stolen.
    1. I have not slain men or women.
    1. I have not stolen food.
    1. I have not swindled offerings.
    1. I have not stolen from God/Goddess.
    1. I have not told lies.
    1. I have not carried away food.
    1. I have not cursed.
    1. I have not closed my ears to truth.
    1. I have not committed adultery.
    1. I have not made anyone cry.
    1. I have not felt sorrow without reason.
    1. I have not assaulted anyone.
    1. I am not deceitful.
    1. I have not stolen anyone’s land.
    1. I have not been an eavesdropper.
    1. I have not falsely accused anyone.
    1. I have not been angry without reason.
    1. I have not seduced anyone’s wife.
    1. I have not polluted myself.
    1. I have not terrorized anyone.
    1. I have not disobeyed the Law.
    1. I have not been exclusively angry.
    1. I have not cursed God/Goddess.
    1. I have not behaved with violence.
    1. I have not caused disruption of peace.
    1. I have not acted hastily or without thought.
    1. I have not overstepped my boundaries of concern.
    1. I have not exaggerated my words when speaking.
    1. I have not worked evil.
    1. I have not used evil thoughts, words or deeds.
    1. I have not polluted the water.
    1. I have not spoken angrily or arrogantly.
    1. I have not cursed anyone in thought, word or deeds.
    1. I have not placed myself on a pedestal.
    1. I have not stolen what belongs to God/Goddess.
    1. I have not stolen from or disrespected the deceased.
    1. I have not taken food from a child.
    1. I have not acted with insolence.
  1. I have not destroyed property belonging to God/Goddess.

42 Laws of Maat:  http://www.blackhistoryheroes.com/2013/02/42-laws-of-maat-under-kemet-law-and.html

Acts 7:22 (Moses educated in Egypt): http://biblehub.com/acts/7-22.htm

References:

  • Maat the Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt,” by Maulana Karenga (Sankore Publisher, 2006).
  • “The Book of the Dead,” edited by E.A. Wallis Budge (Gramercy Publisher, 1995).

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Comments

  1. Matt
    March 21, 2018 / 11:10 am

    I think you are correct. Many people don’t want to consider this but just from the eye test it seems Moses plagiarized the Ten Commandments. If that’s the case who Moses talking to on that mountain?

    • March 21, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      Thank you for coming by Matt. Welcome to the Family! If you continue to do research, I suggest you look at a few scholarly debates discussing how the ten commandments came to be. Great question too by the way! According to the Biblical text, Moses spoke to YHWH on the mountain. Research TETRAGRAMMATON if you’ll like to learn more about the discussed origins of YHWH. Many Kemetic experts said that it all came from ancient KMT. However, Christian apologitics is become very popular in efforts to debunk the Kemetic scientist. Great discussion!

    • November 17, 2019 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you for coming by the blog Matt. I really appreciate your insight. I’m not sure if I would use the term plagiarized due to the fact that all ancient culture admired the ideals of those before them. To answer the question of who Moses spoke to on the mountain…it was YHWH. Conduct research on the tetragrammaton. I think you will find it very enlightening.

    • Willow Gandreich
      November 18, 2019 / 7:03 pm

      Moses had cannabis, naptha, and local fungi on that mountain. No telling who he called upon for guidance 🤣

      • November 18, 2019 / 7:24 pm

        Hello Willow. Thank you for coming by and welcome to the family. Thank you for your opinion on this topic. Did you know that scholars still debate the actual location of the mountain in which YHWH appeared too Moses. Do you have any sources you can provide that supports the location of the mountain which would prove that the items you mentioned where actually there? In addition, we must take in consideration that weather patterns have changed since the ancient times; therefore, what grows in a specific area today may not have been 1000s of years ago.

  2. Ryan Anu Bey
    April 14, 2018 / 9:59 am

    Laws of Maat are very important and will are being enforced on us today by Elohim. We say the list of “I will not”…. upon rising for the day, and upon going to bed, the “I have not….” broken the laws or principles. Moses originally had 613 laws, you can look those up, all biblically referenced, but indeed, those came when needed, and the 42 laws predate all. Praise Th Most Highs!

    • April 14, 2018 / 11:44 am

      Thank you for coming by Ryan. Thank you for sharing that knowledge brother! I hope you continue to conduct research. I ran across a guy online name Brother Berean on YouTube. He has an interesting perspective I believe you should check out. Berean TV is his name online. Hope you can subscribe and become part of the family! Thanks to TMH for you coming by.

  3. Ryan Anu Bey
    April 14, 2018 / 10:00 am

    Laws of Maat are very important and are being enforced on us today by Elohim. We say the list of “I will not”…. upon rising for the day, and upon going to bed, the “I have not….” broken the laws or principles. Moses originally had 613 laws, you can look those up, all biblically referenced, but indeed, those came when needed, and the 42 laws predate all. Praise Th Most Highs!

    • October 17, 2018 / 4:43 pm

      THANK YOU SO MUCH for you words. Great input to the conversation. TMH predates All Things. 🙂

  4. Miztejay
    September 2, 2018 / 2:26 am

    My sentiments exactly; white supremacy was guided under those Ten Commandments and we are victims of it.

    • September 5, 2018 / 7:14 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! What are you thoughts to combat this?

  5. Stephen Gunther
    March 21, 2019 / 9:59 am

    613 or 42 or just 10 are just too many for me.
    I’ll stick with the Golden Rule which just has one … Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
    It’s a very simple ball game and when at the end of your life you have stuck to the principles of the Golden Rule than any Matt, Ra, YHWH or God who does not accept that as a life well lived is not worth their salt and probably doesn’t exist anyway.

    BTW When I die I’m going to Baseball Heaven no matter what any of those other guys say.

    • March 21, 2019 / 8:40 pm

      Thank you for coming by and being a part of the family. You have a very interesting view point. Many would find an issue with your statement perhaps when it comes to the specific rules given in each of the “holy” text. I hope you can continue to conduct research on the topic and some of the other topics found on the site. Baseball Heaven…..can you strike out there or is it home runs for all 🙂 Peace Brother Stephen.

  6. Le'Shun Thomas
    April 29, 2019 / 12:52 pm

    This is the 42 Laws,,, but my question is “” when did it exist??”” Because that word GOD didn’t exist until the 1600s… Somebody help me out here

    • April 29, 2019 / 7:34 pm

      Hello Le’Shun. Thank you so much for visiting and taking a moment to read the post. Great question. However, I must correct you on the statement “until the 1600s”. I’ll give you the actual word GOD; however, that is English. The original translation of the Hebrew God in the bible is YHWY. The accreditation of the writings are given to the Moses himself, however, modern scholarship sees the book as initially a product of the Babylonian exile 6th century BCE, from earlier written and oral traditions, with final revisions in the Persian post-exilic period 5th century BCE. I find it interesting because most of the YouTube scholars are quick to say “the white man wrote the bible or created the bible during the Council of Nicea” but, that is also not true. When you think about the council of Nicea, priest were called to Constantine to discuss the divinity of Jesus Christ, not to create a Yahshua. Check out some scholarly research on the Tetragrammaton. This is also true with the Kemetic Deities such as Osiris. Today, we say “Egyptian God” but back in that time, they spoke a completely different language and it was a mystery system. So its okay to say “God” its just the Langua Franca of today. 🙂

      -Gerard

      • April 29, 2019 / 7:41 pm

        I must add….the Egyptian Deities were also anthropomorphized. Study the Medu Neter. You will find it interesting. What is a Neter? Why did the ancient KMTs build the pyramids in alignment with the Orion Constellation? Great things to study. Let me know once you check it all out. I know its a lot but…..I can tell your hungry for information. 🙂

      • Knowing my Roots
        October 28, 2019 / 8:13 am

        White men have broken every single law of maat and even plagiarized it…

        Ps- Moses never existed…

      • November 18, 2019 / 9:26 pm

        Correction: Hebrew God in the bible is YHWH.

  7. Kanayo Easley
    July 21, 2019 / 4:02 pm

    Moses stole the concepts of the 10 of his 613 laws from Maat? I doubt that.

    Besides, To verbally recite this list would 9 times out of 10, make the person who recited it out to be a liar! lol… ! And what if the person cant honestly recite these confessions because they are guilty of them? What then?

    realistically, the similarities are so vague. Its like in most places in the world, you cant go and grab on a mans wife, did each culture steal this inward law from Kemet. I could go to the deepest part of the Amazon, to a tribe who has had no contact with the outside world, steal a mans goat or pig and there will be a problem.

    did the amazon tribesman “steal” this concept from kemet, or are some laws natural based on the human system?

  8. T. Miles
    August 4, 2019 / 4:14 am

    Hello, great topic.. I have a question to ask about the 42 laws of Maat, The 42 laws of Maat where written thousands of years before the 10 commandments , and if i am correct they are contained in the book of the dead or written there.. My question too you is , Who was the author or who wrote the 42 laws of Maat and or the book of the dead….. Thank you

    • November 18, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      Hello Justin. Thank you for coming by. Yes, some believe 42 is a special number. Tarot card readers will tell you, if you see the number 42, it is a message from your assigned guardian angels that your prayers have been heard and will soon be answered. I recommend you research the origin of Tarot readings. I would say, if there is any special numbers, in the words of N. Telsa, number 3, 6, and 9 are universal multiples. Interesting fact: Red blood cells donated have a shelf life of 42 days. 🙂

  9. KyZeroSe
    October 27, 2019 / 9:07 am

    I have a question. I have always heard of the “42 laws of Maat”; however, when I was looking for some reading on it I saw a book called the “11 laws of Maat” on amazon. Does the book compile many laws into one, or are there 42 or 11?

    • November 18, 2019 / 9:15 pm

      Hello Kyzerose! Thank you for visiting. I apologize for the late response but….this should help you in your research. The 42 Negative Confessions can be found in two different parts in the Book of the Dead. I would try to find translated articles of the book of the dead negative confessions. You may also find it interesting that no one could translate the ancient language until Champollion. Many believe that Champollion translated the Rosetta Stone incorrect. Check out Champollion and the book of the dead. You will find your answers there 🙂

  10. Vincent
    November 17, 2019 / 4:34 am

    This is very true. Jonathon Black’s book”The Seceret History of the World” also describes Jethro(an Egyptian non Jew) as a “initiating” Moses into a new way of worshipping God. He says the Jewish tribes were in “loud” worship of Osiris,and then found a newer “more thoughtful,concious communion with the divine” .Seems to me Jethro gave them a new God.

    • November 17, 2019 / 4:05 pm

      Hello Rafael! Thank you for coming by! I really appreciate your statement on this topic. Do you believe man, with the many flaws we see, can properly decode anything without using some sort of bias interest?

    • November 18, 2019 / 7:27 pm

      Hello Rafael. Thank you for opinion on the topic. For clarification, are you saying that nature allows man to interpret and decode what should be universal law? If so, what do you believe happens when man interprets or decodes incorrect? Thoughts.

  11. Stephen
    November 18, 2019 / 7:43 pm

    There are NO similarities placing the 2 laws side by side.

    The 10 commandments literally appears as instructions from a divine master who is holy and fed up with waywardness of his people. And he gave his commandments by as a written guide so that their fragile minds can always be refreshed about him – so just.

    On the order hand, the 42 laws stand as pledges with repetition from someone who is not sure of himself, from a civil pagan.

    The 10 commandments was a detailed, comprehensive, instructive, and lovely uncommon package. The first 5 were about God. The second five were about your neighbours. All divinely instructed and carefully written.

    • November 18, 2019 / 9:58 pm

      Wonderful insight! Thank you Stephen for coming by and sharing your wisdom on this topic. Have you ever heard, the Talmud notes that the Hebrew numerical value of the word “Torah” is 611, and combining Moses’s 611 commandments with the first two of the Ten Commandments which were the only ones heard directly from God, adds up to 613? It is also interesting you use the term “pagan”. The Webster definition of pagan is interesting.

      Check this out: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/FullTalmud.pdf

      I would love to hear your response. How wonderful it is that the KJV records the words of YHWH saying, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear”.

      Many will not humble themselves, or pray, or turn from their wicked ways to be heard.

      • November 18, 2019 / 10:03 pm

        For those who did not know, pagan means: a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions.

      • Vincent
        November 19, 2019 / 1:07 am

        The NT also says “Ask and you will be receive” and the other similar version “Seek and you will find”. These are gnostic sayings.This is not about god listening,he always is listening. It is about us actually asking or looking for him ,only then can you find him or become aware of him.

        On the YHWH point,in the OT God revealed his name as YHWH to Moses who may not have used that name,Jethro was the likely source of giving name, by some accounts. The OT has God using the name “El Shaddai” to Abraham and his son ,Isaac and grandson Jacob before that,it is possible Moses used that name or some other version of it.

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