Small Catechism: Full

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The First Commandment



01 Thou shalt have no other gods.



02 What does this mean? — Answer.
We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

The Second Commandment



03 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain.



04 What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

The Third Commandment



05 Thou shalt sanctify the holy-day.



06 What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred, and gladly hear and learn it.

The Fourth Commandment



07 Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother [that it may be well with thee and thou mayest live long upon the earth].



08 What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not despise nor anger our parents and masters, but give them honor, serve, obey, and hold them in love and esteem.

The Fifth Commandment



09 Thou shalt not kill.



10 What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not hurt nor harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need [in every need and danger of life and body].

The Sixth Commandment



11 Thou shalt not commit adultery.



12 What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may lead a chaste and decent life in words and deeds, and each love and honor his spouse.

The Seventh Commandment



13 Thou shalt not steal.



14 What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not take our neighbor’s money or property, nor get them by false ware or dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and business [that his means are preserved and his condition is improved].

The Eighth Commandment



15 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.



16 What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbor, but defend him, [think and] speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything.

The Ninth Commandment



17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.



18 What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not craftily seek to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, and obtain it by a show of [justice and] right, etc., but help and be of service to him in keeping it.

The Tenth Commandment



19 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his.



20 What does this mean? — Answer.

We should fear and love God that we may not estrange, force, or entice away our neighbor’s wife, servants, or cattle, but urge them to stay and [diligently] do their duty.

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