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Question What is required in the ninth commandment?
Answer The ninth commandment requireth the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man, 1 and of our own and our neighbour’s good name, 2 especially in witness bearing. 3
[1] Zechariah 8:16
[2] John 5:12
[3] Proverbs 14:5, 25

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Should we endeavour to get a good name?

If there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things,
Philippians 4:8

And to keep it?

For a little folly disgraceth him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour,
Ecclesiastes 10:1

May we for this purpose vindicate our character when aspersed?

My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go.
Job 27:6

And speak modestly in our own commendation?

In nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I am nothing,
2 Corinthians 12:11

Is a good name an honour to God?

On your part he is glorified,
1 Peter 4:14

And a credit to religion?

We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you,
Zechariah 8:23

And a comfort to ourselves?

For a good report maketh the bones fat,
Proverbs 15:30

But do all enjoy this blessing who deserve it?

For I heard the defaming of many,
Jeremiah 20:10

Should we be tender of others' good name as well as our own?

We also bear record,
3 John 12

Should we for this purpose cover their faults?

He that covereth transgression seeketh love,
Proverbs 17:9

And be secret in our reproofs?

Tell him between him and thee alone,
Matthew 18:15

Should we put the best construction on their actions?

Charity thinketh no evil,
1 Corinthians 13:5

And discourage backbiting and detraction?

We must with an angry countenance drive away a backbiting tongue,
Proverbs 25:23

Should we also vindicate them from unjust aspersions?

Let not the king sin against David, because his works have been to thee-ward very good,
1 Samuel 19:4

And joyfully receive all reports to their advantage?

I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee,
3 John 3

And will a regard to others' good name be the best security to our own?

For with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again,
Matthew 7:2

Is it our duty to speak the truth?

Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour,
Zechariah 8:16

And when called thereto the whole truth?

Samuel told Eli every whit, and hid nothing from him,
1 Samuel 3:18

And nothing but the truth?

Surely they are my people, children that will not lie,
Isaiah 63:8

Should truth be observed in our common conversation?

Lie not one to another,
Colossians 3:9

And in our promise and engagements?

Better it is that thou shouldst not vow, than vow and not pay,
Ecclesiastes 5:5

But especially in witness-bearing?

For a true witness delivereth souls,
Proverbs 14:25

In order to speak the truth should we think before we speak?

Whatsoever things are true, think on these things,
Philippians 4:8

And accustom ourselves to a sober way of speaking?

I speak the words of truth and soberness,
Acts 26:25

And be careful of rash promises?

Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin, neither say thou before the angel, it was an error,
Ecclesiastes 5:6

And endeavour to overcome the fear of man?

Whom hast thou feared that thou hast lied?
Isaiah 57:11

And not do any thing that we should be ashamed to own?

As Sarah, who first laughed, and then denied it, saying, I laughed not,
Genesis 18:15

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Question What are the duties required in the ninth commandment?
Answer The duties required in the ninth commandment are, the preserving and promoting of truth between man and man, 1 and the good name of our neighbor, as well as our own; 2 appearing and standing for the truth; 3 and from the heart, 4 sincerely, 5 freely, 6 clearly, 7 and fully, 8 speaking the truth, and only the truth, in matters of judgment and justice, 9 and in all other things whatsoever; 10 a charitable esteem of our neighbors; 11 loving, desiring, and rejoicing in their good name; 12 sorrowing for, 13 and covering of their infirmities; 14 freely acknowledging of their gifts and graces, 15 defending their innocency; 16 a ready receiving of a good report, 17 and unwillingness to admit of an evil report, 18 concerning them; discouraging talebearers, 19 flatterers, 20 and slanderers; 21 love and care of our own good name, and defending it when need requireth; 22 keeping of lawful promises; 23 studying and practicing of whatsoever things are true, honest, lovely, and of good report. 24
[1] Zechariah 8:16
[2] 3 John 12
[3] Proverbs 31:8–9
[4] Psalm 15:2
[5] 2 Chronicles 19:9
[6] 1 Samuel 19:4–5
[7] Joshua 7:19
[8] 2 Samuel 14:18–20
[9] Leviticus 19:15
[10] 2 Corinthians 1:17–18; Ephesians 4:25
[11] Hebrews 6:9; 1 Corinthians 13:7
[12] Romans 1:8; 2 John 4; 3 John 3–4
[13] 2 Corinthians 2:4; 12:21
[14] Proverbs 17:9; 1 Peter 4:8
[15] 1 Corinthians 1:4–5, 7; 2 Timothy 1:4–5
[16] 1 Samuel 22:14
[17] 1 Corinthians 13:6–7
[18] Psalm 15:3
[19] Proverbs 25:23
[20] Proverbs 26:24–25
[21] Psalm 101:5
[22] Proverbs 22
[23] Psalm 15:4
[24] Philippians 4:8