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In this section of the Baptist Larger Catechism, we conclude our exhaustive discussion on the Ten Commandments, which is the summary of the moral law. This section consists of an expansion of questions 85-87 in the Keach Catechism and the Baptist Catechism on the Tenth Commandment. Because of the essential agreement between Reformed Presbyterians and Reformed Baptists on the use and function of the law, the extended answers are very similar to questions 146-148 in the Westminster Larger Catechism.

As before, feel free to comment on the expanded questions below.



Q. 135: What is the tenth commandment?

A: The tenth commandment is: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.1

1. Exodus 20:17



Q. 136: What is required in the tenth commandment?

A: The tenth commandment requires that we be so completely satisfied with our own status in life1, and have such a proper, loving attitude toward others that we are naturally inclined to wish the best for them and all their possessions.2

1. Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:6

2. Job 31:29; Romans 12:15; Psalm 122:7-9; 1 Timothy 1:5; Esther 10:3; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7Philippians 2:4



Q. 137: What is forbidden in the tenth commandment?

A: The tenth commandment forbids any dissatisfaction with what belongs to us,1 envy2 and grief at the success of others,3 and all improper desire for anything that belongs to someone else.4

1. 1 Kings 21:4; Esther 5:13; 1 Corinthians 10:10

2. Galatians 5:26; James 3:14-16

3. Psalm 112:9-10; Nehemiah 2:10

4. Romans 7:7-8; Romans 13:9; Colossians 3:5; Deuteronomy 5:21