1. I Am the Lord Your God

1. I Am the Lord Your God


What is the first of the Ten Commandments? It might seem like an odd question, but it’s
not. Jews and Christians give different answers. The reason is that what we know as “The Ten
Commandments” is, in the original Hebrew, “The Ten Statements.” And since the Hebrew
is the original, we begin with the first statement, which all religions agree, is: “I am the Lord
your God who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” This statement
is so important that none of the other commandments make sense without it. First, it asserts that God is giving these
commandments. Not Moses and not any other human being. Second, God is the One who delivered
you from slavery. Again, no human being did this, not even Moses. Therefore you have an
obligation to me, God. And what is that obligation? That you live by the following nine commandments. This is the beginning of what is known as
ethical monotheism, the greatest world-changing innovation of the Hebrew Bible. It means two
things. Ethical monotheism means that the one God — that’s monotheism — is the source
of ethics, of morality. Morality, an objective code of right and wrong, does not emanate
from human opinion; it emanates from God, and therefore transcends human opinion. The
other meaning of ethical monotheism is that what God most wants from us is that we treat
other human beings morally. None of the Ten Commandments concern what humans must do “for” God; pre-Ten Commandments religions all believed that people must do a lot “for” their gods — for example, feed them and even sacrifice people to them. But now, thanks to the Ten Commandments, mankind
learned that what God wants is that we be good to our fellow human beings. Even the
commandments concerning not having false gods and not carrying God’s name in vain are ultimately
about morality. The thing we can do “for” God is to treat all his other children decently. Every parent can relate to this. Parents — or at least healthy parents — have indescribable joy when they see their children act lovingly toward one another and indescribable pain
when they see their children hurt one another. So, too, God, who is likened to our father
in heaven, cares most about how we treat other human beings, all of whom are His children. The third critical teaching of the First Statement
— “I am the Lord your God who took you of Egypt, out of the House of bondage” — is
the importance, and the meaning, of freedom. Note that God is not saying in this introduction
to the Ten Commandments that He created the world. It surely would have made a lot of
sense for God to introduce the Ten Commandments with the statement, “I am the Lord your God
who created the world.” That is, after all, pretty impressive, and would make sense: “I
created the world: You better listen to Me.” But no, the one thing God declares is that
He took the Children of Israel out of slavery and into freedom. That’s how much God hates
slavery and how important God considers freedom. The Founders of America based their entire
view of America on this belief — that God wants us to be free. That is why the most
iconic symbol of the American Revolution, the Liberty Bell, has only one sentence inscribed
on it — a verse from the Hebrew Bible: “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the
Inhabitants thereof.” But there is one other equally important lesson
about freedom imparted by the opening statement of the Ten Commandments: what freedom means. The Giver of the Ten Commandments is, in effect, saying: “I took you out of slavery and into
freedom, and these Ten Commandments are the way to make a free society. You cannot be
a free people if you do whatever you want.” Freedom comes from moral self-control. There
is no other way to achieve it. And fourth and finally, by telling us that
He liberated the Hebrew slaves, God made clear that He cares deeply about human beings. It
is impressive to create the world. But what most matters is not only that there is a Creator, but that the Creator cares about His creation. All of that is in the one statement with which
the Ten Commandments begins. I’m Dennis Prager.

100 thoughts on “1. I Am the Lord Your God”

  1. As a Christian, I have no problem with anyone starting at that first statement. But Christians do. Ot start there for purely sema to reasons.

    If you are of the Ten Statements persuasion, absolutely. Start there. But if you follow the Commandment persuasion, you would have to start later. The first statement isn't a command. That is why Christians start where they do.

    It's not a problem either way. I am just trying to shed some light on why we do what we do.

  2. "I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You must not have any other gods besides me." – Exodus 20:2,3

  3. Imagine implying that morality is exclusive to religion and therefore to humanity, not an innate trait of all great apes and other highly social beings.

  4. What utter trash. The Ten Commandments are made up by man and they leave out a lot of other things such as:
    A commandment against rape
    Commands outlining how to treat children well.
    A condemnation of slavery and human trafficking
    A condemnation of sexism and racism (along with any other morally objectionable "-ism")
    A command to be charitable and fight poverty
    A command to treat sentient non-human animals humanely.

  5. You rank #3 on my list of the most beautiful and important influential people I know. #1 being God and #2 my Dad. Thx again Mr. Prager.

  6. There’s nothing about America in the Bible. Try not to obfuscate the truth with your opinion. And the first commandment is about God not about people.

  7. The work of preaching the gospel was intended for israel but sadly they rejected and kill their messiah (jeshua) and us the gentiles are the ones getting the job done thru jesus. Mathew 28:19,20 but i believe some jews will get to recognize jeshua (JESUS) as their saviour. Theres no ONE man that can obey the ten commandments. But thru Gods grace in jesus. He died on the cross. For our sins.if we confess to him our sins and believe that jesus came from his father to redeem you.and thats he died on the cross. And receive him.(jesus) you shall be saved. You will become childrens of God. True jews. Because of our father in the faith, abraham.

  8. I'm sorry to tell you but I'm not morally controlling myself from theft or murder or rape I don't know how bad do your mind is but I'm not with you there buddy. As someone said to me recently, I do all the murderer every day that I want to. None. It's a frightening thing to see a man in his old age be so diluted with morality. He is obviously seeing and invisible entity above him in thinking and so could be right about some really wrong shit. Real morality is between real people without any Voodoo involved. He is not able to have that conversation. Thus, he must beat to death every one of these mind control Commandments from Exodus. Useless and oppressive and Despicable and intellectually offencive. Useless. Dangerous.

  9. Yet they killed God's messegers, & that is why God sent his Only Begotten Son the Messiah, to Free Mankind from their Bondage, Freedom from the Chains of SIN, that keeps people bound as Slaves. Chains that becomes visual/apparent when we Die, that binds those who reject God's Messiah, as prisoners bound for their Jail, named Hell , the Messiah came to Deal with SIN with Love, a as a Parent, as a Sheppard, looking after His sheep, next time He Comes, he will come as a Lion and King !

  10. You shorten the first commandment to fit your view. The complete one starts with a statement, yes, but continues with the commandment not to have other Gods:" 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

    3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me." And your view on the founding of the United States is just laughable since you don't mention all founders were deists. Study real history before just parroting jesuitical history.

  11. Amen.

    To help people and to love one another.
    To be kind and generous to ALL of God's Creatures.
    THIS IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE.

    AMEN

  12. ABSOLUTELY NO ONE CONNECTS WITH LORD BUT TO THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. THE OLD TESTAMENT LAYS DOWN THE FOUNDATION OF OUR RELIGION. THE NEW TESTAMENTNEW CONVENENT LAYS DOWN THE WAY FOR ALL HUMAN BEINGS TO HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE WITH LORD.

  13. Jesus Christ is the only way to be with Lord. Only 144000 will stay faithful to the end. No one BUT NO ONE reaches Lord but Through Jesus Christ. Even Christians that profess to be Christians will fall when the ground opens up, when the sky falls, when it rains fire, 99 percent will take the mark of the beast and will be lost to all of eternity. Profess your love for Jesus Christ. Then start to toughen your soul for the coming TEST. My true Christian Brothers and Sisters, be bold and stay strong. If weak STRENGTHEN YOUR SOLE FOR IT WILL BE TOUGH

  14. Even though the first commandment of Christians is abolishing slavery , the Britishers who were the Christians colonised over 90 countries and did slavery

  15. The LORD…the God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob has given his only begotten Son even the seed of Abraham to be the only possible door to heaven and him.He is Jesus the Christ very Word of God.

  16. Man sieht ja, wohin Amerika's Freiheit geführt hat! Kriege, Verschuldung, Verbrauch der Resourcen, und Bestehlung aller Länder und Hochmut, der in" Amerika first" gipfelt.

  17. I think that was a simplification of the first commandment , he says we can't do anything for God , not true , Obey . Read the rest of the first commandment , infact Jesus summed it up when he was asked which of the commandments was the most important .

  18. True freedom comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. He knows that we have a problem with "moral self control". Try as we will (the best laid plans of mice and men sometimes go awry), we fail at being moral according to God's law and w/self control. Therefore God sent Jesus Christ first to become a man and die for our sins paying our sin debt (before a just God) for all who will believe and acknowledge Him and in faith turn away from our sins. He then forgives our sins and we belong to Him as one of His people. He then sends His Holy Spirit to abide with us and help us through this life in the world that is dominated by Satan (as God allows him) and in the midst of people that are also sinners (including Christians that are still people struggling w/the sinful nature that we all have). Then we continue in the life being taught by God's Holy Spirit and God's Holy Word endeavoring to reach a lost world with the message of Christ. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us and will be there as we are His children for life eternal –

  19. You can not be free people if you want to do what ever you want. This is what’s lately wrong with world. Especially leftist who think they can do what ever they want. But they are slaves of sin and there own self entitled ego.

  20. Living by the 9-10 ? commandements has nothing to do with being obligated to God , for no real God would obligate you to do what he says, he would only suggest it , knowing that humans are weak.

  21. To be fair we did have the korbon pesach so we are in this sacrificing an animal for the lord If I recall prior to the destruction of the temple.

  22. Same universal infinite entity of superconsciousness all are worshipping but each may have different concepts, different names and different approaches only because our senses are too limited to comprehend the infinite. IT THE SAME 'PERSON'. You can worship him either with form or without form because we ourselves are both with form(our body) and also without form(our soul or consciousness). The word 'false God' should therefore be interpreted, not literally but METAPHORICALLY to refer to materialism and the chasing of material 'Gods' such as money, sex, power, greed etc. instead of the one true universal spiritual God. Its a choice given to man between spiritualism and material actually. When one says 'my God is different from your God', he is being childish.

  23. The Commandments weren't give by God. They were given by a Jerry Falwell or Oral Roberts of millenia past. Just like the origin of the christian religion was formulated by Paul, who admitted to never having even met Jesus. The commandments have some good ethical values, but the first three are just some shyster religioso's way to make you believe god wrote it out in longhand and had FedEx deliver it to someone. A big con job.

  24. Why does Right Wing politics have to be connected to Religious ideology I am a Secular Right Wing None of this proves that God exists at all You can be a Moral person and Not believe in your Imaginary frirnd Morality comes from Humans NOT your imaginary friend god You can easily pick the 66 books of the Bible apart to see what a farce the Bible is Intact the Four Gospels Contradict Each other and make No Reference of a historical Jesus ever existing and The Ten Commandments are stolen from The Ancient Egyptian commandments called the Ten Negative confessions Same with The Crucifixion Story originates in Egypt with Horus and his Twelve disciples…. Our United States Constitution was Founded as Secular Articles with the Separation of Church and State So that One religion scripture does Not Dictate Government Law .. …..In Fact there are many quotes from the Founding Fathers that Religion and god should Not be apart of our Constitution There is NO evidence that this monotheistic Jewdaism Bible God exists as there is No evidence that any of the polytheism God's existed either including Horus … Also equally important Many of our Founding Fathers were Scottish Rite 33rd Degree Freemasons and What about the Secret Societies?? Skull and Bones with The Bush family The Rothschild and The Rockefellers The Occult symbolism in Washington DC with the Pentagram ? The 33dr Degree Scottish Rite Temple in Washington DC ? The Egyptian Eye of Horus on our Dollar Bill witch some equate with Lucifer the Light Bearer the Eye of Providence AND the Statement around the Egyptian Pyramid on the Dollar Bill " Novus Order Seclorum ? The New World Order ? Think about It

  25. PragerU,Thank you for no being ashame of defending the Christian/jewish principles that created USA, "in God we trust". Globalist read chronicles 2: 17-20. God bless you all.

  26. Repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ he will judge all of mankind but he died on the cross and resurrected for you, if you trust in what he did for you, you will be saved, you cannot be saved by your own works, only by what he did, call on his name he loves you and will forgive all you've done wrong, don't wait <3

  27. Вы разрешаете перевести это видео на русский язык и опубликовать?

  28. God freed the Jew's because he said he is the God of the Hebrews. And to fulfill the covenant he made with Abraham and he can't do that if they were slaves not because he hated slavery this is propaganda.

  29. The jews no longer follows the old testamente but the Talmud. A devlish book about enslaving and killing all non-jews.

    What does the bible say about The jews:

    The jews answered Pilut when he was DETERMED to Let Jesus go:
    "And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!”(Matt. 27:25)
    ..
    My words rests on the heaviest of witness Jesus Christ himself about the jews : John 8:44-45 King James Version (KJV)
    44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

  30. I'm so glad I'm atheist,,,life is just common sense ,,,,,if you have to be told as an adult,,,,right from wrong,,,,, God is a fairy tale

  31. Dennis Prager, this Baptist christian will like to think you for this video. Thank you so very, very much. In 2019, I hold onto my faith tightly.

  32. New Commandments:
    Article 2: Right to life
    Article 3: Freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment
    Article 4: Freedom from slavery and forced labour
    Article 5: Right to liberty and security
    Article 6: Right to a fair trial
    Article 7: No punishment without law
    Article 8: Respect for your private and family life, home and correspondence
    Article 9: Freedom of thought, belief and religion
    Article 10: Freedom of expression
    Article 11: Freedom of assembly and association
    Article 12: Right to marry and start a family
    Article 14: Protection from discrimination in respect of these rights and freedoms
    Protocol 1, Article 1: Right to peaceful enjoyment of your property
    Protocol 1, Article 2: Right to education
    Protocol 1, Article 3: Right to participate in free elections
    Protocol 13, Article 1: Abolition of the death penalty

  33. God hates slavery, and hates usury also ; because usury is a form of slavery "Pr 22:7 ¶ The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." " Ex 22:25 ¶ If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury."

  34. KJV, book of Exodus, chapter 20,
    verse 1: And God spake all these words, saying,

    verse 2: I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

    verse 3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

    verse 4: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

    verse 5: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

    verse 6: And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

    verse 7: Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

    verse 8: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

    verse 9: Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

    verse 10: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

    verse 11: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

    verse 12: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

    verse 13: Thou shalt not kill.

    verse 14: Thou shalt not commit adultery.

    verse 15: Thou shalt not steal.

    verse 16: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

    verse *17:*: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

  35. Solid lecture. Idolworship is one of our big Problems. Everything can become an Idol when we put it before God and His will. One Thing remains to be said: Not all human beings are His (God's) Children, many are of their Father the devil, John 8:44, only those who choose to be. "But as many as received Him (Jesus Christ) to them gave He power to become the Children of God to them that believe in His Name.
    FREEDOM & LIBERTY ARE GOD'S IDEAL, HIS ULTIMATE, HIS PLAN FROM THE BEGINNING! And it's almost like He's been trying to bring His people step-by-step out of bondage towards this goal through the Ages. He brought the Jews out of their slavery in Egypt, but then they were in bondage to the harsh & rigid rules of Moses–the Law.

    THEN ALONG CAME JESUS WITH HIS GRACE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS, LOVE & TRUTH–OUR SALVATION: "For the law was given by Moses, but grace & truth came by Jesus Christ." ( John.1:17 ) He came & showed us that salvation & true righteousness was not by works, but by grace!–That "the Lord is also Lord of the Sabbath, & that it was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." ( Mk.2:27,28 ). Praise God!

  36. America was founded on Gods law, but like in the old testament, they have abandoned their God and are serving other gods

  37. The best part of this upload is all the salty atheists running damage control in the comments. They are so incredibly desperate to convince you they're right, and you're wrong.

    Deep down, they know.

  38. Hebrews willfully sold themselves into Egyptian slavery, Pharaoh had food and Hebrews didn't and hadn't prepared. God took them out of Slavery but only after 400 years.
    Socialism is willful slavery again! Current day pharaohs are pointing to the grain bins saying "we will give this to you but you must sell your freedoms willfully to get it. Americans will sell their freedoms willfully will it take another 400 years before the "GOD of Freedom" will set them free?
    The Promises of Socialism are willful Slavery.

  39. Hence why Anarchy is not true freedom, as it gives you the ability to strip others of their freedom and gives others the ability to strip you of your freedom

  40. …and even if we are all "good" and "loving", you will still perish forever in your sins,
    if you reject the Blood of Jesus Christ.

  41. This may be the most intelligent channel on youtube, even when i dont necessarily agree , the delivery is so logical you gotta listen.

  42. I am God your Lord instantly is double speak for government authority meaning government always has power over you. Government being those capitalist and rich elite who control the land and money control our perceptions and laws.

  43. Is this dude really going to make the claim that morality is objective but it's okay because it comes from God yet prageru still going to make the claim that facts don't care about your feelings when they can't f**** prove they're talking to God how dumb do you have to be to realize that rich people make the laws and that's what is God

  44. I wished you had said what God's name is. Because in a world of pagan gods and christianity teaching a trinity which is 3 Godheads as 1 which no teaching in the bible supports a trinity. And that's the importance of making God's name known. He sets himself apart from any other god. And his name is found in the bible almost 7,000 times and Jesus called on his name and said he made his name known to all. John 17:3 . The Hebrew name Yahweh in English is commonly and accepted as Jehovah. And his name like all Hebrew names has a meaning that is a verb, " He causes to become whatever he chooses to be" to fulfill his purpose. Like a mother can become many different things to aide her children. A teacher, a nurse, a counselor, protector….his name also is so important in worship that Jesus said to all who want to worship God must call on his name in the Our father prayer, " Our Father who art in heaven Hallowed be thy name…or Our Father in the heavens let your name be sanctified ( made holy or sacred). Matthew 6:9. He is one god not 3 nor does he share his headship with no one and Jesus in the whole book of John many times said his father is greater than he is and even called him father and God as well and taught his followers to worship the only true God Jehovah.

    And Jehovah is given many titles, GOD, Father, sovereign, and LORD. Many bible versions and translations remove the name Yahweh/Jehovah and use these titles. They explain in the preface how they did that. Anytime a scripture has the covenant name Jehovah or Yahweh they use all caps signifying the covenant name set apart. The greek scriptures called the new testament when referring to Jesus as lord use small caps or lower consonants. So LORD would be JEHOVAH and small constants Lord or lord is Jesus. But sadly someone unknowingly would think Jehovah and Jesus were the same. That would be a grave mistake. Since Jehovah requires exclusive devotion and shares it with nobody. And Jesus never said to call him father or worship him that would be against everything he taught.

  45. Let's think for a second. If the Christian God's first commandment was, "Thou shalt have no other God's before me," then why do you think the founding fathers of America allowed citizens to believe in whatever God they wanted and even protected their right to do so? Could it be because America is founded more on enlightenment principles than on Christianity? I can hear the conservative cognitive dissonance now.

  46. Denis Prager apparently still struggling to make the video which tells us WHICH God, of the many Gods we can choose from, we should worship in order to be a good conservative.

  47. una interesante reflexio de como la religion puede sacar lo mejor de las personas si nos guiamos por los designios divinos.muy buen video es realmente interesante

  48. "In the truths of His word, God has given to men a revelation of Himself; and to all who accept them they are a shield against the deceptions of Satan. It is a neglect of these truths that has opened the door to the evils which are now becoming so widespread in the religious world. The nature and the importance of the law of God have been, to a great extent, lost sight of. A wrong conception of the character, the perpetuity, and the obligation of the divine law has led to errors in relation to conversion and sanctification, and has resulted in lowering the standard of piety in the church. Here is to be found the secret of the lack of the Spirit and power of God in the revivals of our time." – Ellen G White, The Great Controversy, pg. 465.1

    https://m.egwwritings.org/en/book/132/toc

  49. "The law of God, from its very nature, is unchangeable. It is a revelation of the will and the character of its Author. God is love, and His law is love. Its two great principles are love to God and love to man. “Love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:10. The character of God is righteousness and truth; such is the nature of His law. Says the psalmist: “Thy law is the truth:” “all Thy commandments are righteousness.” Psalm 119:142, 172. And the apostle Paul declares: “The law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” Romans 7:12. Such a law, being an expression of the mind and will of God, must be as enduring as its Author." – Ellen G White, The Great Controversy, pg. 467.1

    https://m.egwwritings.org/en/book/132/toc

  50. Like this. …the first commandment found me. The first truth. This commandment is very helpful to me during the times when im alone and afraid. Lord Jesus said God is spirit (John 3:23-24) so everytime I walk alone I wanna always feel the wind just being touches my skin that helps me to be comfortable and alive…thanks for this video .Bible words are good

  51. The 1st amendment and the first 3 commandments contradict each other. Keep religion out of government and government out of religion.

  52. Awfully preachy, so is this a political channel or a religious one? It promotes freedom of speech and religion yet shows its bias and attempts to get me to buy into its religious agenda so I'm confused.

  53. I love what you're doing here as you proclaim God to be the supreme moral arbiter and you are not afraid to talk about the Bible!!
    However, I cannot, and neither can the Bible, agree with you that all human beings are God's children. All human beings are created in His image and therefore should be treated with dignity and respect, but God clearly says that not all human beings are his children. In order for God to choose someone as the verse below says, he has to reject another. The very act of choosing means one is taken and another is not. It is really offensive to say to the world that some people are damned to hell. But is God, being perfectly just, holy and separate from sin, under any obligation to save a wicked world that has rejected him? The question is not, 'why doesn't God save everybody', but 'why does God save anybody'? It is solely for His Glory and has nothing to do with our own will or actions.
    Jesus explains this touchy topic of election in Matthew chapter 22:1-14. 
    Romans 11 provides truth on this subject as well!
    Deuteronomy 7:7-8 says "The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt."

  54. Wait, so god wants everyone to be free and american founding fathers based their views on that. That's why they wanted everyone to be free. Except blacks, of course. Please Prager U. There is no need to argue against your videos when all you say are contradictions.

  55. Deutronomy 5th chapter from verse 6 tells us about God's commandments. No one has authority to change God's commandments according to their convenience. Seventh day is the Sabbath day . Not Sunday. No idol worship permitted. No other name except Lord Jesus Christ name is given to save us. With the help of the holy spirit we can follow the Gods commandment if we truly love him

  56. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtKkjm3Oumc&t=300s Мы перевели на русский.

  57. How to adapt this statement for those who were not took out from Egypt? For Russians, Asians, Europeans etc.

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