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The Heidelberg Catechism

Lord's Day 43


112 Q.    What is God's will for us in the ninth commandment?


       A.    God's will is that I

never give false testimony against anyone,

twist no one's words,

not gossip or slander,

nor join in condemning anyone

     without a hearing or without a just cause.1


Rather, in court and everywhere else,

I should avoid lying and deceit of every kind;

these are devices the devil himself uses,

and they would call down on me God's intense anger.2

I should love the truth,

speak it candidly,

and openly acknowledge it.3

And I should do what I can

     to guard and advance my neighbour’s good name.4


1 Ps. 15; Prov. 19:5; Matt. 7:1; Luke 6:37; Rom. 1:28-32

2 Lev. 19:11-12; Prov. 12:22; 13:5; John 8:44; Rev. 21:8

3 1 Cor. 13:6; Eph. 4:25

4 1 Pet. 3:8-9; 4:8



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