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The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Baltasar Gracian


The Worm Ouroboros

E. R. Eddison


Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Hermenie Templeton Kavanagh


Knowledge of Higher Worlds and its Attainment

Rudolf Steiner


Explanation of Luther's Small catechism

by Harold Ulrik Sverdrup

Excerpt:

In the plain form in which the head of the family should teach them to his household.

THE FIRST COMMANDMENT.

Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Q— What is meant by this? A.—We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.

THE SECOND COMMANDMENT.

Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His Name in vain.

Q.What is meant by this?

A.—We should fear and love God, and not curse, swear, conjure, lie, or deceive by His Name, but call upon His Name in every time of need, and worship Him with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.

THE THIRD COMMANDMENT.

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

Q.— What is meant by this?

A.— We should fear and love God, and not despise preaching and His Word, but deem it holy and gladly hear and learn it.

THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT.

Honor thy father and thy mother, that it may be well with thee, and thou may est live long on the earth.

Q.What is meant by this?

A.—We should fear and love God, and not despise our parents and superiors, nor provoke them to anger, but honor, serve, obey, love, and esteem them.

THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT.

Thou shalt not kill.

Q.What is meant by this?

A.—We should fear and love God, and not hurt nor harm our neighbour in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need.

THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT.

Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Q.— What is meant by this?

A.—We should fear and love God, and live chaste and pure in words and deeds, and husband and wife each love and honor the other.

THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT.

Thou shalt not steal.

Q.What is meant by this?

A.—We should fear and love God, and not take our neighbour's money or property, nor get it by false wares or false dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and liv1ng.

THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Q.— What is meant by this?

A.—We should fear and love God, and not falsely belie, betray, backbite, nor slander our neighbor, but excuse him, speak well of him, and put the best construction on all he does.

THE NINTH COMMANDMENT.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house. Q.What is meant by this? A-We should fear and love God, and not craftily seek to gain our neighbor's inheritance or home, nor to get it by a show of right, but help and serve him in keeping it.

THE TENTH COMMANDMENT.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his.

Q.What is meant by this?

A.—We should fear and love God, and not estrange, force, or entice away from our neighbour, his wife, servants, or cattle, but urge them to stay and do their duty.

Q — What does God say of all these commandments?

A.—He says: I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments.

Q,What is meant by this?

A.—God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments; therefore, we should fear His wrath, and do nothing against such commandments. But He promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments; therefore, we should love and trust in Him, and gladly do according to His commandments.


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