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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 praiswe, and give thanks.

Preface from The Large Catechism

Besides, catechism study is a most effective help against the devil, the world, the flesh, and all evil thoughts. It helps to be occupied with God’s Word, to speak it, and meditate on it, just as the first Psalm declares people blessed who meditate on God’s Law day and night (Psalm 1:2). Certainly you will not release a stronger incense or other repellant against the devil than to be engaged by God’s commandments and words, and speak, sing, or think them (Colossians 3:16). For this is indeed the true “holy water” and “holy sign” from which the devil runs and by which he may be driven away (James 4:7).

The First Commandment

You shall have no other gods.

What does this mean?

We should fear, love and trust in God above all things.

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