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Westminster Shorter Catechism Project

A Scripture Catechism
in the
Method of the Assembly's

by Matthew Henry

Q. 53. What is the third commandment?
A. The third commandment is, Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

1. Does the third commandment concern the manner of our worshipping God? Yes: That we serve the Lord with fear, Ps. 2:11. Is it enough that we seek God in a due ordinance? No: but we must seek him after the due order, 1 Chron. 15:13.

2. Is God's name all that whereby he makes himself known? Yes: He proclaimed the name of the Lord, Exod. 34:5. Ought we to make use of his name? Yes: By thee only will we make mention of thy name, Isa. 26:13. And to take heed of abusing it? Yes: Neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God, I am the Lord, Lev. 18:21.

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