The Morning Devotional for November 9, 2021
The Westminster Shorter Catechism Q74; WLC 141 (Part One)
What is required in the eighth commandment?
The eighth commandment requireth the lawful procuring and furthering the wealth and outward estate of ourselves and others. (Gen. 30:30, 1 Tim. 5:8, Lev. 25:35, Deut. 22:1–5, Exod. 23:4–5, Gen. 47:14,20)
What are the duties required in the eighth commandment?
The duties required in the eighth commandment are, truth, faithfulness, and justice in contracts and commerce between man and man; (Ps. 15:2,4, Zech. 7:4,10, Zech. 8:16–17) restitution of goods unlawfully detained from the right owners thereof; (Lev. 6:2–5, Luke 19:8) giving and lending freely, according to our abilities, and the necessities of others; (Luke 6:30,38, 1 John 3:17, Eph. 4:28, Gal. 6:10) moderation of our judgments, wills, and affections concerning worldly goods; (1 Tim. 6:6–9, Gal. 6:14) a provident care and study to get, (1 Tim. 5:8) keep, use, and dispose these things which are necessary and convenient for the sustentation of our nature, and suitable to our condition; (Prov. 27:23–27, Eccl. 2:24, Eccl. 3:12–13, 1 Tim. 6:17–18, Isa. 38:1, Matt. 11:8) a lawful calling, (1 Cor. 7:20, Gen. 2:15, Gen. 3:19) and diligence in it; (Eph. 4:28, Prov. 10:4) frugality; (John 6:12, Prov. 21:20) avoiding unnecessary law-suits, (1 Cor. 6:1–9) and suretiship, or other like engagements; (Prov. 6:1–6, Prov. 11:15) and an endeavor, by all just and lawful means, to procure, preserve, and further the wealth and outward estate of others, as well as our own. (Lev. 25:35, Deut. 22:1–4, Exod. 23:4–5, Gen. 47:14,20, Phil. 2:4, Matt. 22:39)