Heidelberg Catechism – Lord’s Day 43

Question 112: What is the aim of the ninth commandment?

That I never give false testimony against anyone, twist no one’s words, not gossip or slander, nor join in condemning anyone rashly or without a hearing (1).

Rather, in court and everywhere else, I should avoid lying and deceit of every kind; these are the very devices the devil uses, and they would call down on me God’s intense wrath (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 neighbor’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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