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1. Which is the ninth commandment?
The ninth commandment is, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour (Exod 20:16; Deut 5:20).
2. What are the duties required in the ninth commandment?
A. The duties required in the ninth commandment are, the preserving and promoting of truth between man and man (Zech 8:16; Eph 4:25), and the good name of our neighbour, as well as our own (3 John 12); appearing and standing for the truth (Prov 31:89); and from the heart (Ps 15:2), sincerely (2 Chr 19:9), freely (1 Sam 19:45; Jer 9:3), clearly (Josh 7:19; Jer 42:4; Acts 20:20), and fully (2 Sam 14:1820; Acts 20:27), speaking the truth, and only the truth, in matters of judgment and justice (Lev 19:15; Prov 14:5, 25), and in all other things whatsoever (Isa 63:8; 2 Cor 1:1718; Eph 4:25; Col 3:9); a charitable esteem of our neighbours (Heb 6:9; 1 Cor 13:7); loving, desiring, and rejoicing in their good name (Rom 1:8; 2 John 4; 3 John 34); sorrowing for (Ps 119:158; 2 Cor 2:4; 12:21), and covering of their infirmities (Prov 17:9; 1 Pet 4:8); freely acknowledging of their gifts and graces (1 Cor 1:45, 7; 2 Tim 1:45), defending their innocency (1 Sam 22:14; Ps 82:3); a ready receiving of a good report (1 Cor 13:67), and unwillingness to admit of an evil report (Ps 15:3), concerning them; discouraging tale-bearers (Prov 25:23), flatterers (Prov 26:2425), and slanderers (Ps 101:5); love and care of our own good name, and defending it when need requireth (Prov 22:1; John 8:49; 2 Cor 11:18, 23); keeping of lawful promises (Ps 15:4); studying and practising of whatsoever things are true, honest, lovely, and of good report (Phil 4:8).
3. What are the sins forbidden in the ninth commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the ninth commandment are, all prejudicing the truth, and the good name of our neighbours, as well as our own (1 Sam 17:28; 2 Sam 16:3; 1:910, 1516; Luke 3:14), especially in public judicature (Lev 19:15; Hab 1:4); giving false evidence (Prov 19:5; 6:16, 19), suborning false witnesses (Acts 6:13), wittingly appearing and pleading for an evil cause, out-facing and over-bearing the truth (Jer 9:3, 5; Acts 24:2, 5; Ps 12:34; 52:14); passing unjust sentence (Prov 17:15; 1 Kgs 21:913), calling evil good, and good evil; rewarding the wicked according to the work of the righteous, and the righteous according to the work of the wicked (Isa 5:23); forgery (1 Kgs 21:8; Ps 119:69; Luke 19:8; 16:57), concealing the truth, undue silence in a just cause (Lev 5:1; Deut 13:8; Acts 5:3, 89; 2 Tim 4:16), and holding our peace when iniquity calleth for either a reproof from ourselves (1 Kgs 1:6; Lev 19:17; Isa 58:1), or complaint to others (Isa 59:4); speaking the truth unseasonably (Prov 29:11), or maliciously to a wrong end (1 Sam 22:910; Ps 52:14), or perverting it to a wrong meaning (Ps 56:5; John 2:19; with Matt 26:6061), or in doubtful or equivocal expressions, to the prejudice of truth or justice (Gen 3:5; 26:7, 9); speaking untruth (Isa 59:13), lying (Lev 19:11; Col 3:9), slandering (Ps 50:20), backbiting (Ps 15:3; Rom 1:30), detracting (Jas 4:11; Tit 3:2; Jer 38:4), tale-bearing (Lev 19:16), whispering (Rom 1:2930; Prov 16:28), scoffing (Gen 21:9; with Gal 4:29; Isa 28:22), reviling (1 Cor 6:10), rash (Matt 7:1), harsh (Acts 28:4; Jas 2:13), and partial censuring (Gen 38:24; John 7:24; Rom 2:1); misconstructing intentions, words, and actions (Neh 6:68; Rom 3:8; Ps 69:10; 1 Sam 1:1315; 2 Sam 10:3); flattering (Ps 12:23), vain-glorious boasting (2 Tim 3:2), thinking or speaking too highly or too meanly of ourselves or others (Luke 18:9, 11; Rom 12:16; 1 Cor 4:6; Acts 12:22; Gal 5:26; Exod 4:1014); denying the gifts and graces of God (Job 27:56; 4:6; Luke 9:4950; 2 Cor 10:10; Acts 2:13); aggravating smaller faults (Isa 29:2021; Matt 7:35); hiding, excusing, or extenuating of sins, when called to a free confession (Prov 28:13; 30:20; Gen 3:1213; Jer 2:35; 2 Kgs 5:25; Gen 4:9); unnecessary discovering of infirmities (Gen 9:22; Prov 25:910); raising false rumours (Exod 23:1), receiving and countenancing evil reports (Ps 41:78; Prov 29:12; Jer 20:10), and stopping our ears against just defence (Acts 7:5657; Job 31:1314); evil suspicion (1 Cor 13:5; 1 Tim 6:4); envying or grieving at the deserved credit of any (Num 11:29; Matt 21:15), endeavouring or desiring to impair it (Ezra 4:1213; Dan 6:34), rejoicing in their disgrace and infamy (Jer 48:27); scornful contempt (Ps 35:1516, 21; Matt 27:2829), fond admiration (Jude 16; Acts 12:22; 1 Cor 3:21); breach of lawful promises (Rom 1:31; 2 Tim 3:3); neglecting such things as are of good report (1 Sam 2:24; 2 Sam 12:14), and practicing, or not avoiding ourselves, or not hindering what we can in others, such things as procure an ill name (2 Sam 12:13; 13:1213; Prov 5:89; 6:33; Phil 3:1819; 2 Pet 2:2).
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