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What is the eighth commandment?

In the eighth commandment, we are told, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.”  Matthew 5: 33 reminds us “It was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.'”  The eighth commandment commands us :-

  • Not to tell lies
  • Not to gossip about others nor damage the reputation of others by exaggeration or making up stories about them.
  • To stand up for those unjustly accused and not be a channel through which rumours pass, whether or not they are true.
  • Not to speak ill of others behind their backs
  • To be truthful and not deceptive in my dealings with others?
  • Not to be critical, negative or uncharitable in my thoughts nor dealings with others?

CCC : 2464 – 2513

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