Holding forth the Word of Life
— Philippians 2:16a (KJV)

Lord’s Day 34

Q92: What is the law of the LORD?

God spoke all these words:

I am the LORD your God,

who brought you out of the land of Egypt,

out of the house of slavery.


You shall have no other gods before me.


You shall not make for yourself a carved image

or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

You shall not bow down to them or serve them,

for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God,

visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.


You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain,

for the LORD will not hold him guiltless

who takes his name in vain.


Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days you shall labour, and do all your work,

but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.

On it you shall not do any work,

you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth,

the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day.

Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day

and made it holy.


Honour your father and your mother,

that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.


You shall not murder.


You shall not commit adultery.


You shall not steal.


You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.


You shall not covet your neighbours house;

you shall not covet your neighbours wife,

or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbours.1

Scripture References (hover over or tap to see verses)
  1. Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:6-21

Q93: How are these commandments divided?

Into two parts.

The first

teaches us how to live in relation to God;

the second,

what duties we owe our neighbour.1

Scripture References (hover over or tap to see verses)
  1. Matthew 22:37-40

Q94: What does the LORD require in the first commandment?

That for the sake of my very salvation

I avoid and flee all idolatry,1 witchcraft, superstition,2 and prayer to saints or to other creatures.3


that I rightly come to know

the only true God,4

trust in him alone,5 submit to him

with all humility6 and patience,7

expect all good from him only,8 and love,9 fear,10 and honour him11

with all my heart.

In short,

that I forsake all creatures rather than do the least thing against his will.12

Scripture References (hover over or tap to see verses)
  1. 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; 1 Corinthians 10:5-14; 1 John 5:21
  2. Leviticus 19:31; Deuteronomy 18:9-12
  3. Matthew 4:10; Revelation 19:10; Revelation 22:8, 9
  4. John 17:3
  5. Jeremiah 17:5, 7
  6. 1 Peter 5:5, 6
  7. Romans 5:3, 4; 1 Corinthians 10:10; Philippians 2:14; Colossians 1:11; Hebrews 10:36
  8. Psalm 104:27, 28; Isaiah 45:7; James 1:17
  9. Deuteronomy 6:5 (Mt 22:37)
  10. Deuteronomy 6:2; Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 9:10; Matthew 10:28; 1 Peter 1:17
  11. Deuteronomy 6:13 (Mt 4:10); Deuteronomy 10:20
  12. Matthew 5:29, 30; Matthew 10:37-39; Acts 5:29

Q95: What is idolatry?

Idolatry is

having or inventing something

in which to put our trust

instead of, or in addition to,

the only true God

who has revealed himself in his Word.1

Scripture References (hover over or tap to see verses)
  1. 1 Chronicles 16:26; Galatians 4:8, 9; Ephesians 5:5; Philippians 3:19