Q. 67–69, The Sixth Commandment

Q. 67. Which is the sixth commandment?
A. The sixth commandment is, Thou shalt not kill.

Q. 68. What is required in the sixth commandment?
A. The sixth commandment requireth all lawful endeavors to preserve our own life, and the life of others.

Q. 69. What is forbidden in the sixth commandment?
A. The sixth commandment forbiddeth the taking away of our own life, or the life of our neighbor unjustly, or whatsoever tendeth thereunto.

Proof Texts

Q. 67: Ex. 20:13; Deut. 5:17. Q. 68: Eph. 5:28–29. Q. 69: Gen. 9:6; Matt. 5:22; 1 John 3:15.

Harmony with the Westminster Standards

WLC 134–136.

Additional Resources

Sermons by James Cassidy on the Westminster Shorter Catechism

Questions 67–68: “Murder in the Heart”

Question 69: “Murdering Your Brother”

Question 135–136 (WLC): “Racial Supremacy and the Gospel”


Hodge, The System of Theology Contained in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, 100–103.

Vincent, The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly Explained and Proved From Scripture,174–180.

Vos, The Westminster Larger Catechism, 361–370.

Watson, The Ten Commandments,137–152.

Whyte, A Commentary on the Shorter Catechism, 139–142.

Williamson, The Westminster Shorter Catechism for Study Classes, 247–252.

On Key


Van Til’s Trinitarian Theology

Designed to equip the student to engage critically central issues in trinitarian theology, this course will focus on the architectonic significance of the Trinity both