The Story of Patriarchs and Prophets
by Ellen G. White
NOTE 5. PAGE 329. The Ten Commandments were the "covenant"
to which the Lord referred when, in proposing a covenant with Israel,
He said, "If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep My covenant," etc.
Exodus 19:5. The Ten Commandments were termed God's "covenant"
before the covenant was made with Israel. They were not an agreement
made, but something which God commanded them to perform. thus [p. 761]
the Ten Commandments—God's covenant—became the basis of the
covenant made between Him and Israel. the Ten Commandments in
all their details are "all these words," concerning which the covenant
was made. See Exodus 24:8.