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    THESHORTERCATECHISM

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    The text of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is in the public domain.

    The biblical proof texts included in this edition are those prepared

    by a special committee of the General Assembly of the

    Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 19!.

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    THEWESTMINSTERSHORTERCATECHISMWITHSCRIPTUREPROOFS

    Q. 1. What is the chief e! "f #a$A. Mans chief end is to glorify God,aand to enjoy him for ever.ba Ps. 86!" #sa. 6$%1" &om. 11'6" # (or. 6%$" 1$'1" &ev. )11 b Ps. 16*+11"1))1*" #sa. 1%%" -e %1$" Phil. ))" &ev. %1'+)

    Q. %. What %&'e hath ("! )i*e t" !i%ect &s h"+ +e #a,)'"%if, a! e-", hi#$A. /he 0ord of God, hich is contained in the 2cri3t-res of the4ld and 5e /estaments,c is the only r-le to direct -s ho emay glorify and enjoy him.dc Matt. 1!)+* ith Gen. %%)" -e %)%, ))" # (or. %1'" 1)'" ## Pet.1%$+%1"'%, 1*+16 d 7e-t. )%" Ps. 1!+11" #sa. 18%$" ohn 1*11" %$'$+'1" Acts 111" ##/im. '1*+1" # ohn 1)

    Q. '. What !" the Sc%i.t&%es .%ici.a'', teach$

    A. /he 2cri3t-res 3rinci3ally teach hat man is to believe con+cerning God,eand hat d-ty God re9-ires of man.fe Gen. 11" ohn *'!" %$'1" &om. 1$1" ## /im. '1* f 7e-t. 1$1%+1'" osh. 18"Ps. 11!1$*" Mic. 68" ## /im. '16+1

    Q. ). What is ("!$A. God is a 23irit,g in:nite,h eternal,i and -nchangeable in his

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    /ec-teth the of:ce of a 3riest in his once offering -3 ofhimself a sacri:ce to satisfy divine j-stice,v and reconcile -s toGod"and in maing contin-al intercession for -s.>v #sa. *'" Acts 8'%+'*"

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    6 /altation consisteth in his rising again from the deadon the third day,g in ascending -3 into heaven,h in sitting at theright handiof God the ?ather, and in coming to j-dge the orld atthe last day.g # (or. 1*) h Ps. 6818" Acts 111" =3h. )8 i Ps. 11$1" Acts %''+')"

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    / &om. )6, 11" *1! y Gal.

    %16" Phil. '!

    Q. '). What is a!".ti"$A. Ado3tion is an act of Gods free grace,@hereby e are re+ceived into the n-mber, and have a right to all the 3rivileges of thesons of [email protected] # ohn '1 aohn 11%" &om. 81

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    /ed to the fo-rth commandment are Godsalloing -s si> days of the ee for o-r on em3loyments, f hischallenging a s3ecial 3ro3riety in the seventh, his on e>am3le,

    and his blessing the sabbath day.g

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    Q. 6'. Which is the 3fth c"##a!#et$A. /he :fth commandment is, 6onor thy father and thy mother* thatthy days may be lon- upon the land +hich the )ord thy God -i,eth thee.hh =>. %$1%" 7e-t. *16

    Q. 6). What is %e8&i%e! i the 3fth c"##a!#et$A. /he :fth commandment re9-ireth the 3reserving the honor,and 3erforming the d-ties, belonging to every one in their several3laces and relations, as s-3eriors, inferiors, or e9-als.ii &om. 1'1, " =3h. *%1+%%, %)" 61, )+*, !" # Pet. %1

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    1) /ed to the :fth commandment is a 3romise oflong life and 3ros3erity as far as it shall serve for Gods glory andtheir on goodB to all s-ch as ee3 this commandment.ll =>. %$1%" 7e-t. *16" =3h. 6%+'

    Q. 6. Which is the si/th c"##a!#et$A. /he si>th commandment is, Thou shalt not /ill.mm =>. %$1'" 7e-t. *1

    Q. 68. What is %e8&i%e! i the si/th c"##a!#et$A. /he si>th commandment re9-ireth all laf-l endeavors to 3re+serve o-r on life and the life of others.nn =3h. *%8+%!

    Q. 6!. What is f"%i!!e i the si/th c"##a!#et$

    A. /he si>th commandment forbiddeth the taing aay of o-r onlife, or the life of o-r neighbor -nj-stly, or hatsoever tendeththere-nto.oo Gen. !6" Matt. *%%" # ohn '1*

    Q. $. Which is the se*eth c"##a!#et$A. /he seventh commandment is, Thou shalt not commit adultery.33 =>. %$1)" 7e-t. *18

    Q. 1. What is %e8&i%e! i the se*eth c"##a!#et$A. /he seventh commandment re9-ireth the 3reservation of o-ron and o-r neighbors chastity, in heart, s3eech, and behavior.99 # (or. %+', *" # /hess. )'+*

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    Q. ). What is %e8&i%e! i the ei)hth c"##a!#et$A. /he eighth commandment re9-ireth the laf-l 3roc-ring andf-rthering the ealth and o-tard estate of o-rselves and others.tt ev. %*'*" =3h. )%8" Phil. %)

    Q. *. What is f"%i!!e i the ei)hth c"##a!#et$A. /he eighth commandment forbiddeth hatsoever doth, or may,

    -nj-stly hinder o-r on or o-r neighbors ealth or o-tardestate.vv Prov. %81!ff" =3h. )%8" ## /hess. '1$" # /im. *8

    Q. 6. Which is the ith c"##a!#et$A. /he ninth commandment is, Thou shalt not bear false +itnessa-ainst thy nei-hbor. =>. %$16" 7e-t. *%$

    Q. . What is %e8&i%e! i the ith c"##a!#et$A. /he ninth commandment re9-ireth the maintaining and 3ro+moting of tr-th beteen man and man, and of o-r on and o-rneighbors good name,>es3ecially in itness bearing.y> Dech. 816" Acts %*1$" ### ohn 1% y Prov. 1)*, %*

    Q. 8. What is f"%i!!e i the ith c"##a!#et$A. /he ninth commandment forbiddeth hatsoever is 3rej-dicialto tr-th or inj-rio-s to o-r on or o-r neighbors good [email protected]=E. 1!16" P2. 1*'" P&4E. 616+1!" F;='1)

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