Q. 70–72, The Seventh Commandment

Q. 70. Which is the seventh commandment?
A. The seventh commandment is, Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Q. 71. What is required in the seventh commandment?
A. The seventh commandment requireth the preservation of our own and our neighbor’s chastity, in heart, speech and behavior.

Q. 72. What is forbidden in the seventh commandment?
A. The seventh commandment forbiddeth all unchaste thoughts, words and actions.

Proof Texts

Q. 70: Ex. 20:14. Deut. 5:18. Q. 71: 1 Cor. 7:2–3, 5; 1 Thess. 4:3–5. Q. 72: Matt. 5:28; Eph. 5:3–4.

Harmony with the Westminster Standards

WLC 137–139.

Additional Resources

Sermons by James Cassidy on the Westminster Shorter Catechism

Questions 70–71: “The Adulterous Heart”

Question 72: “Adulterous Temptation”


Hodge, The System of Theology Contained in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, 103–106.

Vincent, The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly Explained and Proved From Scripture, 180–186.

Vos, The Westminster Larger Catechism, 370–376.

Watson, The Ten Commandments, 152–163.

Whyte, A Commentary on the Shorter Catechism, 143–144.

Williamson, The Westminster Shorter Catechism for Study Classes, 253–258.

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