In Jeremiah 31:33 God says, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.” Memory of Scripture is an important part of growing as a Christian. Memory is a requirement at HLS and students are expected to know their memory work before they arrive at school.
22- God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:31
24- Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. Mark 16:16
29- Those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:9
31- Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44
5- Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go. Genesis 28:15
7- For You, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon You. Pslam 86:5
12- Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God! Psalm 143:10
14- The Lord is my strength and my song, He has become my salvation. Exodus 15:2
19- You open Your hand; You satisfy the desire of every living thing. Psalm 145:16
21- (Jesus said,) “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
26- (God is) merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. Exodus 34:6
28- As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life. John 3:14-15
4- [God] provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy. Acts 14:17 NIV
6- You shall love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37
11- Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice. Psalm 32:11
13- Love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Psalm 32:10
18- The Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
20- It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you…Do not fear. Deuteronomy 31:8
25- Be strong on the Lord and in the strength of his might. Ephesians 6:10
27- The Lord is near to all who call on Him. Psalm 145:18
1-[Jesus said,] “I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit.” John 15:16
3- The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer…my shield, and the horn of my salvation. Psalm 18:2
8- Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! Psalm 95:6
10- Give thanks to the Lord, for His steadfast love endures forever. 2 Chronicles 20:21
15- Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened…for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
17- Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Psalm 105:2 NIV
22- I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20
29- Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5
1- Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
6- Fear not, for I am with you. Isaiah 43:5
8-For [God] will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11
13- Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out. Acts 3:19 NIV
15- For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. Isaiah 9:6
15- For nothing will be impossible with God. Matthew 1:37
20- “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
22- The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people. Titus 2:11
5-You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Galatians 3:26-27 NIV
10- My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27
12- For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
17- [God] has sent Me to proclaim liberty to captives. Luke 4:18
19- [Jesus said] “Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:14
24- All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
26- Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. Isaiah 53:4
31- Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine. Isaiah 43:1
2- We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
7- May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
9- He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
14- [Jesus said], “I am the bread of life.” John 6:35
16- Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. Psalm 118:1
21- “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
23- For by the grace you have been saved through faith…[I]t is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
28- “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:8
2- “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
7- The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Psalm 145:8 NIV
9- “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” Luke 18:13
14- These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. John 20:31
16- “To love [Jesus] with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength…is much more than all…offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:33
21- Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15
23- Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Psalm 100:1
28- Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
30- Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. Matthew 26:41
4- If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. 1 John 1:9
6- The Lord has laid on [Jesus] the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6
11- Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise. Luke 23:43
13- Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God…lips that acknowledge His name. Hebrews 13:15
18- Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen. Matthew 28:5-6
25- I know that my Redeemer lives. Job 19:25
27- Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
2- [Jesus said,] “I am with you always.” Matthew 28:20
4- Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
9- For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16
11- Continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed. 2 Timothy 3:14
16- See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. 1 John 3:1
Sept. 5… In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth Gen. 1:1
Sept. 7… Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Sept. 12… 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,
Sept. 14… Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Sept. 19…Psalm 103:1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Sept. 21…Psalm 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,and your dominion endures through all generations.
Sept. 28…Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Oct. 3…Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Oct. 5… Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Oct. 10…Philippians 4:19 My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Oct. 12…John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
OCT. 17…John 4:42…. now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
Oct. 19… Job 19:25 I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth.
Oct. 24…Psalm 33:20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
Oct. 26… 1 Corinthians 5:7 For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
Oct. 31…Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Nov. 2…Psalm 70:4 ..may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!
Nov. 7…Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Nov. 9… Joshua 1:9 … Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Nov. 14…Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him
Nov. 16…Romans 1:6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
Nov. 21…1 Timothy 6:12…Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession
Nov. 28…1 Timothy 2:4 God our Savior desires all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Nov. 30…Psalm 147:11… the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
Dec. 5…Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born,to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Dec. 7…Luke 2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Dec. 12…John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Dec. 14..Luke 1:46-48..Mary’s Son“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
Dec.19…1 John 5:11.. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
10: I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139.14
12: For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11
17: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Hebrews 4:7
19: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
24: Ephesians 5:1-2 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us…
26: 1 John 4:9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
31: Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
2: 1 John 5:20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true.
7: 1Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.
9: 2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
14: 1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
16: Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
21: 2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
23: 1 John 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
28: Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
2: 1 Peter 5:7-8 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
7: Psalm 86:11 11 Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart,that I may fear your name.
9: Zechariah 13:9 They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”
14: Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
16: Mark 14:36 “Abba,[a] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
21: Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
23: 1 Corinthians 10:13 God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
28: Psalm 66:20.. Praise be to God who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
30: 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
4: Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,that times of refreshing may come from the Lord
6: Psalm 122:1… I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
11: 1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever
13: Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.
18: 1 Chronicles 16:23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.
20: No Memory
25: Acts 15:11…We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”
27: Acts 22:16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’
2: Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
4: Ephesians 4:5-6 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Aug. 31- I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Romans 1:16
Sept.5- OT Books
Sept. 7- Jesus said…”I am the way and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
Sept. 12- NT Books
Sept. 14- …and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15
Sept. 19- 1st Commandment with meaning
Sept. 21- Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21
Sept. 26- 2nd Commandment with meaning
Sept. 28- Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
Oct. 3- 3rd Commandment with meaning
October 5- Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Proverbs 23:22
October 10- 4th Commandment with meaning
October 12- The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
October 17- 5th Commandment with meaning
October 19- No Memory
October 25- 6th Commandment with meaning
October 26- Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:42
October 31- 7th Commandment with meaning
November 1 – 7th Commandment with meaning
November 3- Test on Verses
November 8- 8th Commandment with meaning
November 10- Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16
November 15- 9th Commandment
November 17- Genesis 1:27, 31 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them… God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
November 22- No Memory!
November 29-10th Commandment with meaning
December 1- Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Psalm 119:35-36
December 6- Close of the Commandments 1st half
December 8- Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. Psalm 119-105-106
December 13- Close of the Commandments 2nd half
December 15- By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:3
December 20- Say a Psalm for extra credit
December 22- No Memory
January 4- By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth… For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. Psalm 33:6, 9
January 9- 1st Article 1st half (…body and life)
January 11- For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
January 16- 1st Article last half
January 18- Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3
January 23- 2nd Article 1st half (..is my Lord)
January 25- But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Galatians 4:4-5
January 30- 2nd Article last half
February 1- Memory Test
February 6- 3rd Article first half (…kept me in the true faith)
February 8- being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
February 13- 3rd Article last half
February 15- But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
February 20- Introduction to the Petitions
February 22- If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:13
February 27- 1st Petition
March 1- In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
March 6- 2nd Petition
March 8- “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
March 13- 3rd Petition first half
March 15- …one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:6
March 20- 3rd Petition last half
March 22- Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Matthew 9:38
March 27- 4th Petition 1st half
March 29- And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
April 5- 4th Petition 2nd half
April 10- 5th Petition
April 12- Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.Psalm 19:12
April 17- 6th Petition
April 19 – No school
April 24- 7th Petition
April 26- Test 3 on verses only
May 1- Psalm 23
Sept. 1 – I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Romans 1:16
Sept. 6 – OT Books
Sept. 8- “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Sept. 13- NT Books
Sept. 15- Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
Sept. 20- 1st Commandment with meaning
Sept. 22- But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have the fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. John 1:17
Sept. 27- 2nd Commandment with meaning
Sept. 29- When Jesus had called the Twelve together, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Luke 9:1
October 4- 2 3rd Commandment with meaning
October 6- Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
October 11- 4th Commandment with meaning
October 13- Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:9-10
October 18- 5th Commandment with meaning
October 20- Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16
October 25- 6th Commandment with meaning
October 27- So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. And there was evening and morning- the sixth day. Genesis 1:27, 31
November 1- 7th Commandment with meaning
November 3- Test on verses only
November 8- 8th Commandment with meaning
November 10- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16
November 15- 9th Commandment with meaning
November 17- Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Colossians 3:20
November 22 & 24- No memory
November 29- 10th Commandment with meaning
December 1- A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free. Proverbs 19:5
December 6- Close of the Commandments 1st half
December 8- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
December 13- Close of the Commandments 2nd half
December 15- Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statues and not toward selfish gain. Psalm 119:35-36
December 20- Can say a Psalm for extra credit
December 22- No Memory
January 5- Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
January 10- 1st Article 1st half (…body and life)
January 12- By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:3
January 17- 1st Article last half
January 19- But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Galatians 4:4-5
January 24- 2nd Article 1st half (..is my Lord)
January 26- Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and this way death came to all men, because all sinned– Romans 5:12
January 31- 2nd Article last half
February 2- Test 2 on verses only
February 7- 3rd Article first half (…kept me in the true faith)
February 9- But You, O Lord, are compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15
Feb 14– 3rd Article last half
February 16- How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1
February 21- Introduction to the Petitions
February 23- Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field. Matthew 9:38
February 28- 1st Petition
March 2- For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40
March 7- 2nd Petition
March 9- You shall not misuse the name of your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name of the Lord. Exodus 20:7
March 14- 3rd Petition first half
March 16- But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
March 21- 3rd Petition last half
March 23- For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
March 28- 4th Petition 1st half
March 30- Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8-9
April 4- 4th Petition 2nd half
April 6- …and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and your will honor me. Psalm 50:15
April 11- 5th Petition
April 13- No Memory
April 18- 6th Petition
April 20- No School
April 25- 7th Petition
April 27– Test 3 on verses only
May 2- Psalm 23
The First Commandment
You shall have no other gods.
What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.
The Second Commandment
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.
The Third Commandment
You shall sanctify the holy day. [Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.]
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.
The Fourth Commandment
Honor your father and your mother.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.
The Fifth Commandment
You shall not murder.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need.
The Sixth Commandment
You shall not commit adultery.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we lead a pure and decent life in what we say and do, and husband and wife love and honor each other.
The Seventh Commandment
You shall not steal.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not take our neighbor’s money or possessions, or get them in any dishonest way, but help him to improve and protect his possessions and income.
The Eighth Commandment
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way.
The Ninth Commandment
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it.
The Tenth Commandment
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not entice or force away our neighbor’s wife, workers, or animals, or turn them against him, but urge them to stay and do their duty.
The Close of the Commandments
What does God say about all of these commandments?
He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.” Exodus 20:5-6
What does this mean?
God threatens to punish all who break these commandments. Therefore we should fear His wrath and not to do anything contrary to these commandments. But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments. Therefore we should also love and trust in Him, and gladly follow His commandments.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. What does this mean? I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.
He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this He does not only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord
who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen What does this mean? I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but by the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept
me in the true faith.
In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.
Introduction to the Petitions
Our Father who art in heaven
Our Father in heaven.
What does this mean? With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confindense we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father.
Hallowed be Thy name.
Hallowed be Your name.
What does this mean? God’s name is certainly holy in itself, but we pray in this petition that it be kept holy among us also. How is God’s name kept holy? God’s name is kept holy when the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity, and we, as the children of God, also lead holy lives according to it. Help us to do this, dear Father in heaven! But anyone who teaches or lives contrary to God’s Word profanes the name of God among us. Protect us from this, heavenly Father!
Thy kingdom come.
Your kingdom come.
What does this mean? The kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may come to also. How does God’s kingdom come? God’s kingdom comes when our heavenly Father give us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead godly lives here in time and there in eternity.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
What does this mean? The good and gracious will of God is dome even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also. How is God’s will done? God’s will is done when He breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature, which do not want us to hallow God’s name or let His kingdom come; and when He strengthens and keep us firm in His Word and faith until we die This is His good and gracious will.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Give us today our daily bread.
What does this mean? God certainly give daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving. What is meant by daily bread? Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, good,s a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
What does this mean? We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look at our sins, or deny our prayer because of them. We are neither worthy of things for which we pray, nor have we deserved them, but we ask that He would give them all to us by grace, for we daily sin much and surely deserve nothing but punishment. So we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation.
Lead us not into temptation.
What does this mean? God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vise. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory.
But deliver us from evil.
But deliver us from evil.
What does this mean? We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil our body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven.