Q. 52. What are the reasons annexed to
the second commandment?
A. The reasoned annexed to the second commandment are, God's sovereignty over
us,(1) his propriety in us,(2) and the zeal he hath to his own worship.(3)
(1) Ps. 95:2-3, 6.
(2) Ps. 45:11.
(3) Exod. 34:13-14.
53. Which is the third commandment?
A. The third commandment is, Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy
God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in
(1) Exod. 20:7.
Q. 54. What is required in the third
commandment? A. The third commandment requireth the holy and reverend use of God's
names,(1) titles,(2) attributes,(3) ordinances,(4) word,(5) and works.(6)
Q. 55. What is forbidden in the third
A. The third commandment forbiddeth all profaning or abusing anything whereby
God maketh himself known.(1)
(1) Mal. 1:6-7, 12; 2:2; .
Q. 56. What is the reason annexed to
the third commandment?
A. The reason annexed to the third commandment is, That however the breakers
of this commandment may escape punishment from men, yet the Lord our God will
not suffer them to escape his righteous judgment.(1)
(1) I Sam. 2:12, 17, 22, 29; 3:13;
Q. 57. Which is the fourth
A. The fourth commandment is, Remember the sabbath-day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the
sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy
son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle,
nor thy stranger that 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 seventh
day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.(1)
(1) Exod. 20:8-11.
Q. 58. What is required in the fourth
A. The fourth commandment requireth the keeping holy to God such set times as
he hath appointed in his word; expressly one whole day in seven, to be a holy
sabbath to himself.(1)
(1) Deut. -14.
Q. 59. Which day of the seven hath God
appointed to be the weekly sabbath?
A. From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, God
appointed the seventh day of the week to be the weekly sabbath; and the first
day of the week ever since, to continue to the end of the world, which is the
(1) Gen. 2:2-3; I Cor. 16:1-2; Acts
Q. 60. How is the sabbath to be
sanctified? A. The sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day,(1) even
from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days;(2)
and spending the whole time in the publick and private exercises of God's
worship,(3) except so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and
(1) Exod. 20:8, 10; 16:25-28.
(2) Neh. 13:15-19, 21-22.
(3) Luke 4:16; Acts 20:7; Ps. 92 title; Isa. 66:23.
(4) Matt. 12:1-31.