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A Reading from the Book of Concord
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October 7, 2012 - Pentecost 19, Proper 22, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Old Testament, Genesis 2:18-25 for the Pentecost 19, Proper 22, series B, October 7, 2012.

It is from Large Catechism, Ten Commandments, pages 381-382.

The marriage of one man and one women is not a man-made arrangement, but God's special institution for our blessing. Almighty God is zealous about protecting marriage by the holy commandment: "You shall not commit adultery."

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


It is forbidden to bring any disgrace upon our neighbor regarding his wife. The sixth commandment takes aim at adultery, because among the Jewish people it was ordained and commanded that everyone must be married. The young were engaged to be married early, and the virgin state was held in small esteem. Yet neither were public prostitution and lewdness tolerated. Therefore, adultery was the most common form of unchastity among them.

But among us there is such a shameful mess and the very dregs of all vice and lewdness. Therefore, this commandment is directed against all kinds of unchastity, whatever it may be called. Not only is the outward act of adultery forbidden, but also every kind of cause, motive, and means of adultery. Then the heart, the lips, and the whole body may be chaste and offer no opportunity, help, or persuasion toward inchastity. We must also resist temptation, offer protection, and rescue honor wherever there is danger and need. We must give help and counsel, so as to maintain our neighbor's honor. For whenever you abandon this effort when you could resist unchastity, or whenever you overlook it as if it did not concern you, you are as truly guilty of adultery as the one doing the deed. Everyone must live chastely himself and help his neighbor do the same. By this commandment God wishes to protect every spouse so that no one trespasses against him or her. (paragraphs 200-205)

Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

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