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The Second Commandment

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  1. What is the second Commandment?

The second Commandment is, ‘You shall not take the name of the Lord Your God in vain’.

  1. What are we commanded by the second Commandment?

By the second Commandment we are commanded to speak with reverence of God and all holy persons and things, and to keep our lawful oaths and vows.

  1. What does the second Commandment forbid?

The second Commandment forbids all false, rash, unjust, and unnecessary oaths; as also blaspheming, cursing and profane words.

  1. Is it ever lawful to swear or to take an oath?

It is lawful to swear, or to take an oath, only when God’s honour, or our own, or our neighbour’s good requires it.

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