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Answer. I will.

Exhortation to the Godfathers and Godmothers. Ye are to take care that this child he brought to the Bishop, to be confirmed by him, so soon as he can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, in the vulgar tongue, and be further instructed in the Church-Catechism set forth for that purpose.

CATECHISM. Question. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers then for you?

Answer. They did promise and vow three things in my name: ......thirdly, that I should keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of my life.

Quest. You said that your Godfathers and Godmothers did promise for you, that you should keep God's Commandments: Tell me how many there be?

Answ. Ten.

Quest. What dost thou chiefly learn by these Commandments?

Answ. I learn two things: My duty towards God, and my duty towards my neighbour.

Catechist. My good child, know this, that thou art not able to do these things of thyself, nor to walk in the Commandments of God, and to serve him, without his special grace; which thou must learn at all times to call for by diligent prayer:.. ....

From the Thirty-nine Articles.


Of the Old Testament.

The Old Testament is not contrary to the New; for both in the Old and New Testament, everlasting life is offered to mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man, being both God and man. Wherefore they are not to be heard, which feign, that the old fathers did look only for transitory promises. Although the Law given from God by Moses, as touching ceremonies and rites, do not bind Christian men, nor the civil precepts thereof ought of necessity to be received in any common-wealth; yet, notwithstanding, no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the Commandments which are called Moral.

From the Homilies.


HOMILY 5. Of Good Works.


Wherefore, if you fear God, and have a desire to be occupied in godliness, then learn the Ten Commandments, whereby God hath taught us what pleaseth and what displeaseth him, what thing is good, and what is evil. And if you learn these lessons perfectly, then thereby you shall purchase unto you the beginning of true and godly wisdom; which is such wisdom, that many men, well stricken in years, do not attain to it. And yet this wisdom and knowledge of the Ten Commandments is but only the beginning of sapience, for it is the teaching of the Law. But when the doctrine of faith in Christ is taught unto you, then you learn a greater and higher wisdom, the which the ungodly or unfaithful do not understand nor perceive: but God only doth give it down from heaven to make us fear him and believe his holy Word. Wherefore, good children, learn now diligently the beginning of wisdom, that is to say, the holy Ten Commandments, and give so good ear unto them, that you may learn them without book, and rehearse them, when you come home....

To the intent, good children, that you may the better understand the Law of the Ten Command

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ments, you must first of all know, that God gave to Moses the Ten Commandments, written in two tables of stone: wherefore they be divided in two parts. In the first table were written the three

(four) first Commandments, pertaining to God, which teach us how we should behave ourselves towards God, as well inwardly in heart and mind, as outwardly in words and deeds. In the other table were graven seven (six) precepts, pertaining to our neighbours, which teach us how we ought to order ourselves towards our princes, magistrates, and rulers, towards our wives, children, and servants, and towards all states of men, teaching us that we should not be disobedient, that we do wrong to no man, that we hurt no man, that we lie not in wait to kill any man, that we deflour not other men's wives, and, to be in short, that we hurt not our neighbours, neither in body, goods, nor good name.


Master. First, tell me somewhat, what thou thinkest of the Law, and then afterward of the Creed, or symbol.

Scholar. I shall do, good master, with a good will, as you command me. The Lord God hath charged us by Moses, that we have none other God at all, but him; that is to say, that we take him alone, for our one only God, our Maker, and Saviour. That we reverence not, nor worship any portraiture, or any image whatsoever, whether it be painted, carved, graven, or by any mean fashioned, howsoever it be. That we take not

the name of our Lord God in vain: that is, either in a matter of no weight, or of no truth. Last of all, this ought we to hold stedfastly and with devout conscience that we keep holily and religiously the Sabbath-day; which was appointed out from the other, for rest and service of God. Now hast thou rehearsed unto me the laws of the first table; wherein is, in a sum, contained the knowledge, and true service of God. Go forward, and tell me, which be the duties of charity, and our love toward

Mast. Very well.


Scho. Do you ask me, master, what I think of the other part of the Law, which is commonly called the second table?

Mast. Thou sayest true, my son that is it indeed, that I would fain hear of.

Scho. I will in few words dispatch it, as my simple wit will serve me. Moses hath knit it up in a short sum: that is, that with all loving affection, we honour and reverence our father and mother. That we kill no man. That we commit no adultery. That we steal nothing. That we bear false-witness against none. Last of all, that we covet nothing that is our neighbour's....... Mast. Thou hast shortly set out the Ten Commandments. Now, then tell me, how all these things, that thou hast particularly declared, Christ hath in few words contained, setting forth unto us in a sum, the whole pith of the law?


Scho. Will you that I knit up in a brief

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