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Westminster Shorter Catechism
Question 64


Q: What is required in the fifth commandment?
A: The fifth commandment requireth the preserving the honour, and performing the duties, belonging to every one in their several places and relations, as superiors, inferiors, or equals.1


  1. Ephesians 5:21-22. Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
    Ephesians 6:1, 5, 9. Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. . . Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ. . . And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
    Romans 13:1. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
    Romans 12:10. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.

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