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Heidelberg Catechism | Set to Rhyme & Music | Aart Blokhuis | Aug. 03/11 |

Melody: Geneva, 1551, (Psalm 122 BOP “My heart exulted!  I was glad”) way”)

Lord’s Day 40 in Song


1.) The sixth commandment teaches me,
That, I’m not to, injure or kill,
Much less by deed or errant will,
Nor hate or cause of injury.
If not by others, then by me,
Such gestures meant maliciously,
Authorities alone shall punish.
We may not use one slanderous word,
For none of these are in accord;
God’s sovereign law alone will banish.

2.) What, if I don’t act in this way?
Is that enough to please the Lord?
When I don’t speak one harmful word
Is that not proper for each day?
God commands us to love those near,
Even the enemies we fear
And treat with patience, peace and kindness,
And to protect them from all ill,
To do this is my Father’s will
Lord, free me from all willful blindness.

Copied from Book of Praise Anglo Genevan Psalter 


Lord’s Day 40 
Heidelberg Catechism

  • 105. Q. What does God require in the sixth commandment?

A. I am not to dishonour, hate, injure,
or kill my neighbour
by thoughts, words, or gestures,
and much less by deeds,
whether personally or through another;1
rather, I am to put away
all desire of revenge.2
Moreover, I am not to harm or recklessly endanger myself.3
Therefore, also, the government bears the sword
to prevent murder.4
1 Gen 9:6; Lev 19:17, 18; Mt 5:21, 22; 26:52.
2 Prov 25:21, 22; Mt 18:35; Rom 12:19; Eph 4:26.
3 Mt 4:7; Rom 13:11-14.
4 Gen 9:6; Ex 21:14; Mt 26:52; Rom 13:4.

  • 106. Q. But does this commandment speak only of killing?

A. By forbidding murder God teaches us
that he hates the root of murder,
such as envy, hatred, anger, and desire of revenge,1
and that he regards all these as murder.2
1 Prov 14:30; Rom 1:29; 12:19; Gal 5:19-21; Jas 1:20; 1 Jn 2:9-11.
2 1 Jn 3:15.

  1. 107. Q. Is it enough, then, that we do not kill our neighbour in any such way?

A. No.
When God condemns envy, hatred, and anger,
he commands us
to love our neighbour as ourselves,1
to show patience, peace, gentleness,
mercy, and friendliness toward him,2
to protect him from harm as much as we can,
and to do good even to our enemies.3
1 Mt 7:12; 22:39; Rom 12:10.
2 Mt 5:5; Lk 6:36; Rom 12:10, 18; Gal 6:1, 2; Eph 4:2; Col 3:12; 1 Pet 3:8.
3 Ex 23:4, 5; Mt 5:44, 45; Rom 12:20.

Typical Congregational Singing of Psalm 122