as you quite rightly point out there are many translations. Into the bargain, showing my own lack of familiarity with the subject ... I was actually looking for the second commandment, here the first and second as I have pulled them out of the internet. In my own memory I had them both stored under number one and the text was much harsher. Not to worry this version also makes the point that I was after:
1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Chinese, Mayan, etc. etc. history has shown us that before a civilization crumbles their leaders tend to associate themselves more with their Gods than with their peoples. In my view most of the worlds leaders, and their cronies, at the present time, have also lost contact with their subjects, seeing themselves as 'better beings' and almost always leaning upon their own version of The Bible.
I just found the parallel between my prediction that President Trump will soon use an atom bomb to solve the ISIL problem, his believing that he and he alone has the right to make such decisions ... and the effects of the fallout (which we know about from Japan) somehow fit rather well with the SECOND Commandment:
"For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments."
Then again, perhaps it's just me going mad !
The truth is, if you have a tool that will do a job, you would be a fool not to use it. It's just kind of tough shit on the guys with peashooters.
I also remember a Blue on Blue across the water. Some guy opened up at a FSC, the crew naturally returned fire. At the same time, on a parallel street, an infantry foot patrol came under fire and naturally also returned fire. Quite a firefight ensued until some radio operator realized that the shooting and the pauses were exactly coordinated. The .30 Browning had smashed through the wall behind which 'the shooter' had taken cover and the bullets had carried on clean through the house ... landing too close for comfort to the infantry patrol who assumed that they were under enemy fire and so returned fire with their SLR's ... which gave the impression to the FSC's (by now two of them) that they were still under fire. I understand that there was not much to clean up once they got into what was left of the house.
Also here there is a lesson to learn: Too much firepower can endanger not only your friends but also you yourself !
Indeed this very fact saved many lives down in the Falklands: San Carlos Water. The Argie planes had to fly very low to avoid our flack etc.. Then they had to climb steeply before releasing their bombs because the bombs had altitude safety devices because: if they were too low the bomb might not be armed or the blast-wave of their own bombs, or what they hit, could catch up with the plane and cause it to loose control. So, seconds before they reached their target they climbed steeply and so came under an incredible amount of fire from everyone and everything that we had. Many bombs missed their targets but some were spot on, those guys must have had nerves of steel ! Our Harriers then tried to engage them in a dogfight which our boys did not even have to win ... after the dogfight the Argie pilots didn't have enough fuel to get back home. Of course what goes up must come down and so we foot soldiers were always looking for cover