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A Scripture Catechism
in the
Method of the Assembly's

by Matthew Henry

Q. 67. What is the sixth commandment?
A. The sixth commandment is, Thou shall not kill.

1. Does the sixth commandment concern our own and our neighbour's life? Yes: for the life is more than meat, Matt. 6:25. Has God a tender regard to the life of men? Yes: for he giveth to all life and breath, Acts 17:25. Has he by this law made a hedge about life? Yes: that men might not be like the fishes of the sea, Habak. 1:14.

2. Did there need be this law? Yes: for men live in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another, Tit. 3:3. Is it a part of the law of nature? Yes: for the barbarous people said of a murderer, that vengeance suffers him not to live, Acts 28:4.

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