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𝒬 71. What is required in the seventh commandment?

𝒜. The seventh commandment requireth the preservation of our own and our neighbor's chastity, in heart, speech, and behavior.1

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:2-3

    But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.

    1 Corinthians 7:5

    Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

    1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

    For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; (ESV)

Larger Catechism

𝒬 138. What are the duties required in the seventh commandment?

𝒜. The duties required in the seventh commandment are, chastity in body, mind, affections,1 words,2 and behavior;3 and the preservation of it in ourselves and others;4 watchfulness over the eyes and all the senses;5 temperance,6 keeping of chaste company,7 modesty in apparel;8 marriage by those that have not the gift of continency,9 conjugal love,10 and cohabitation;11 diligent labor in our callings;12 shunning all occasions of uncleanness, and resisting temptations thereunto.13

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:4-5

    that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

    Job 31:1

    31:1 “I have made a covenant with my eyes;
    how then could I gaze at a virgin?

    1 Corinthians 7:34

    and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. (ESV)

  2. Ephesians 4:29

    Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

    Colossians 4:6

    Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (ESV)

  3. 1 Peter 3:2

    when they see your respectful and pure conduct. (ESV)

  4. 1 Corinthians 7:2-5

    But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

    1 Corinthians 7:34-36

    and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

    If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin. (ESV)

  5. Matthew 5:28

    But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

    Job 31:1

    31:1 “I have made a covenant with my eyes;
    how then could I gaze at a virgin? (ESV)

  6. Acts 24:24-25

    After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.” (ESV)

  7. Proverbs 2:16-20

    So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman,
    from the adulteress with her smooth words,
    who forsakes the companion of her youth
    and forgets the covenant of her God;
    for her house sinks down to death,
    and her paths to the departed;
    none who go to her come back,
    nor do they regain the paths of life.

    So you will walk in the way of the good
    and keep to the paths of the righteous. (ESV)

  8. 1 Timothy 2:9

    likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, (ESV)

  9. 1 Corinthians 7:2

    But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.

    1 Corinthians 7:9

    But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. (ESV)

  10. Proverbs 5:19-20

    a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
    Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
    be intoxicated always in her love.
    Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
    and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? (ESV)

  11. 1 Peter 3:7

    Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

    1 Corinthians 7:5

    Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (ESV)

  12. Proverbs 31:11

    The heart of her husband trusts in her,
    and he will have no lack of gain.

    Proverbs 31:27-28

    She looks well to the ways of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
    Her children rise up and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her: (ESV)

  13. Proverbs 5:8

    Keep your way far from her,
    and do not go near the door of her house,

    Genesis 39:8-10

    But he refused and said to his master's wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her. (ESV)


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