Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 31

Q & A 63
Q Which is the fifth commandment?
A The fifth commandment is, Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God gives to you.*1

Q & A 64
Q What is required in the fifth commandment?
A The fifth commandment requires the preserving the honor, and performing the duties, belonging to everyone in their several places and relations, as superiors, inferiors, or equals.*2

Q & A 65
Q What is forbidden in the fifth commandment?
A The fifth commandment forbids the neglecting of, or doing anything against, the honor and duty which belongs to everyone in their several places and relations.*3

Q & A 66
Q What is the reason annexed to the fifth commandment?
A The reason annexed to the fifth commandment is, a promise of long life and prosperity (as far as it shall serve for God’s glory and their own good) to all such as keep this commandment.*4

*1 Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16.
*2 Romans 13:1, 7; Ephesians 5:21-22, 24; Ephesians 6:1, 4-5, 9; 1 Peter 2:17.
*3 Matthew 15:4-6; Romans 13:8.
*4 Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16; Ephesians 6:2-3.

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