Q. 76. Which is the ninth commandment?
A. The ninth commandment is, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Q. 77. What is required in the ninth commandment?
A. The ninth commandment requires the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man, and of our own and our neighbor’s good name, especially in witness-bearing.
Q. 78. What is forbidden in the ninth commandment?
A. The ninth commandment forbids whatsoever is prejudicial to truth, or injurious to our own or our neighbor’s good name.
Originally the ninth commandment called for truth telling in a court setting. Accusers, accused, and witnesses had an obligation to communicate the facts accurately. By extension the commandment regulates truth telling more broadly. If the previous commandments dealt with sins of the hands and the next one with sins of … Read More »