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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 37

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 37

Q & A 82
Q Is any man able perfectly to keep the commandments of God?
A No mere man, since the fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the commandments of God, but does daily break them in thought, word, and deed.*1

Q & A 83
Q Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous?
A Some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others.*2

Q & A 84
Q What does every sin deserve?
A Every sin deserves God’s wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come.*3

*1 Genesis 8:21; Romans 3:9 ff., 23
*2 Ezekiel 8:6, 13, 15; Matthew 11:20-24
*3 Matthew 25:41; Galatians 3:10; Ephesians 5:6.


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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 36

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 36

Q & A 79
Q Which is the tenth commandment?
A “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”*1

Q & A 80
Q What is required in the tenth commandment?
A The tenth commandment requires full contentment with our own condition,2 with a right and charitable frame of spirit toward our neighbor, and all that is his.3

Q & A 81
Q What is forbidden in the tenth commandment?
A The tenth commandment forbids all discontentment with our own estate,4 envying or grieving at the good of our neighbor, and all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his.5

*1 Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21.
*2 Psalm 34:1; Philippians 4:11; 1 Timothy 6:6; Hebrews 13:5.
*3 Luke 15:6, 9, 11-32; Romans 12:15; Philippians 2:4.
*4 1 Corinthians 10:10; James 3:14-16.
*5 Galatians 5:26; Colossians 3:5.


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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 33

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 33

Q & A 70
Q Which is the seventh commandment?
A The seventh commandment is, You shall not commit adultery.*1

Q & A 71
Q What is required in the seventh commandment?
A The seventh commandment requires the preservation of our own and our neighbor’s chastity, in heart, speech, and behavior.*2

Q & A 72
Q What is forbidden in the seventh commandment?
A The seventh commandment forbids all unchaste thoughts, words, and actions.*3

*1 Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18.
*2 1 Corinthians 7:2-3, 5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5.
*3 Matthew 5:28. ; Ephesians 5:3-4.


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Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 26

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 26

Q & A 43
Q What is the preface to the ten commandments?
A The preface to the ten commandments is in these words, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.*1

Q & A 44
Q What doth the preface to the ten commandments teach us?
A The preface to the ten commandments teaches us, that because God is the Lord, and our God, and Redeemer, therefore we are bound to keep all his commandments.*2

*1 Exodus 20:2.
*2 Luke 1:74-75; 1 Peter 1:14-19.