Q. 63. Which is the fifth commandment?
A. The fifth commandment is, Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Q. 64. What is required in the fifth commandment?
A. The fifth commandment requireth the preserving the honor, and performing the duties, belonging to every one in their several places and relations, as superiors, inferiors or equals.
Q. 65. What is forbidden in the fifth commandment?
A. The fifth commandment forbiddeth the neglecting of, or doing anything against, the honor and duty which belongeth to every one in their several places and relations.
Q. 66. What is the reason annexed to the fifth commandment?
A. The reason annexed to the fifth commandment is a promise of long life and prosperity (as far as it shall serve for God’s glory and their own good) to all such as keep this commandment.
Q. 63: Ex. 20:12; Deut. 5:16. Q. 64: Rom. 13:1, 7; Eph. 5:21–22, 24; Eph. 6:1, 4–5, 9; 1 Pet. 2:17. Q. 65: Matt. 15:4–6; Rom. 13:8. Q. 66: Ex. 20:12; Deut. 5:16; Eph. 6:2–3.
Harmony with the Westminster Standards
Sermons by James Cassidy on the Westminster Shorter Catechism
Questions 64-66: “Honoring Not Just Your Parents”
Hodge, The System of Theology Contained in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, 98-100.
Vincent, The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly Explained and Proved From Scripture, 155-174.
Vos, The Westminster Larger Catechism, 342-361.
Watson, The Ten Commandments, 122-137.
Whyte, A Commentary on the Shorter Catechism, 135-139.
Williamson, The Westminster Shorter Catechism for Study Classes, 241-246.