Question: "Why is 'You shall not murder' in the Ten Commandments?"
Simply stated, the sixth of the Ten Commandments forbids the unjustified taking of a human life. However, the commandment itself has a couple of interesting elements that bear mentioning.
First and foremost, different Bible translations give the appearance of different meanings, and there is potential for misunderstanding the actual meaning of the verse.
Second, man was never created for the act of murdering another, and there needs to be an explanation for such a violent and final act towards another human being.
Third, because of the translation challenge, we need to understand the difference between “murder” and “killing.”
And last but not least, how does God view murder? To God, murder is not just physical in nature but also the condition of one’s heart towards another.