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worship them; for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of those who hate me; and show mercy unto thousands of those who love me, and keep my commandmentS. Q. Which is the third commandment? .A. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who taketh his name in vain. Q. Which is the fourth commandment? .A. Remember, that thou keep holy the sabbath day. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou, hast to do; but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter; thy man servant, and thy maid servant; thy cattle, and the stranger who is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the sevénth day ; wherefore
the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it. Q. Which is the fifth commandment 2 .4. Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long in the land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Q. Which is the sixth commandment? .1. Thou shalt do no murder. Q. Which is the seventh commandment? .1. Thou shalt not com
Q. Which is the ninth commandment 2 ./1. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Q. Which is the tenth commandment? J1. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife; nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his. What are those principles which most effectually lead to the observance of these, and all other of God's commandments 2 .4. A high reverence of God, and a sincere good will to our fellow creatures, joined with a just regard to our own real Interest. Q. What is the best method we can take, to guard ourselves from all vice and wickedness 2 ./1. By being careful not to indulge sinful thoughts; and by correcting every thing which is amiss in the beginning, before we have become accustomed to it, and have formed a habit which cannot easily be broken ; particularly by avoiding the company of wicked persons, who would soon make us like themselves? and by being, in a more especial manner, upon our guard against those vices, to which our situation and circumstances make us peculiarly prone. Is any man able to fulfil all the commands of God, so as to live entirely without sin .4. No. Our merciful God and Father knows that we are not able to do this, and therefore doth not expect it from us. He
only requires that we repent of the sins we commit, and endeavour to live better lives for the future.
Q. What should a sense of our frailty and proneness to sin teach us? A. Humility and watchfulness, and earnestness in our prayers to God, to enable us to resist temptation, and to strengthen and confirm our good dispositions. - - Did Christ appoint any outward ordinances as means of promoting his religion ?
Jl. He commanded his disciples to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Ghost; and he also commanded them to eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of him. This rite is called the Lord's Supper.
Q. What is the meaning of baptism 2
.A. The washing of water in baptism probably represents the purity of heart and life, required from all who become the disciples of Christ. Q. What is the nature and use of the Lord's supper ?
J1. By eating bread and drinking wine in remembrance of Christ, we keep alive the memory of his death and resurrection; we acknowledge ourselves to be Christians; we cherish a grateful sense of the blessings of the gospel of Christ; and strengthen our resolutions to live as becomes his disciples.
Q. Had Christ no particular reward on account of what he did and suffered for the good of men?
.A. Because he humbled himself to death, God has highly exalted him, and made him head over all things to his church; and at the end of the world he
will come to judge the living and the dead. For this hope which was set before him, he endured the cross, and despised the shame of that ignominious death. Q. What do the scriptures say concerning the day of judgment? ./1. That Christ will come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, when every eye shall see him; that he will separate the wicked from the good; that he will send the wicked into a place of . punishment, and take the righteous to a place of happiness, where they shall live for ever with himself.
END OF THE CATECHISM,
2 Night unto night his name repeats,
3 'Tis he supports my feeble frame;
4 Dear God, let all my hours be thine,
2. C. M. DRENNAN.
1 To thee let my first offerings rise,