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Westminster Shorter Catechism
Question 71


Q: What is required in the seventh commandment?
A: The seventh commandment requireth the preservation of our own,1 and our neighbour's chastity,2 in heart,3 speech,4 and behaviour.5


  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:4-5. That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God.
  2. 1 Corinthians 7:2. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
    Ephesians 5:11-12. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
  3. Matthew 5:28. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
  4. Ephesians 4:29. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
    Colossians 4:6. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
  5. 1 Peter 3:2. While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

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