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Pruefungsfragen: Self-proving questions on the 2nd Commandment

Self-Examination Questions

Salomon Liscovius (1640-1689)

I expanded a few of the questions for the sake of clarification for 21st century Americans pewsitters.


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.  ]


How have I witnessed against the Name of God—that is, against all those things in which God in His glory has revealed Himself?


Haven’t I often pronounced the name of God or Jesus without reverence?


How often have I prayed without proper devotion or conception of His divine majesty?


How well-established is my pattern of reading and meditating on the divine Word?


Have I ever, now and then, quoted verses of Scripture in an unseemly way–either to put my knowledge on display, or to make a joke?


Have I shown proper reverence for the Creator’s wisdom, goodness, and omnipotence in the way I regard His creation and the way I handle it?

Have I, after the fashion of brazen and fearless sinners, misused my mouth for:

Curses—wishing damnation, death, or other evil on my neighbor or on God’s creation, or using abusive or filthy words about people and things around me?


Oaths—swearing by God’s name either to cover up a lie or on trivial, foolish occasions (“I swear to God, that was the worst movie ever!”), or


Blasphemies—treating God’s name or His word with contempt by cursing Him, teaching or supporting false doctrine, mocking or opposing true doctrine, treating Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, or other things God has made holy by His word with carelessness or disrespect?


Have I clung to superstitions, or magical things?

Have I trusted in the saints or other beings to heal or bless me, when God has not promised to do so?

Have I trusted in horoscopes, visions or prophecies, psychics, and other people or things for guidance, instead of God Himself and those He given a vocation to guide others (such as parents, teachers, pastors, wise Christians, wise neighbors, employers…)

Have I placed faith in things that God has not promised to bless us through, such as “holy water”, crystals, rosaries, icons, pieces of the bones of the saints, aliens or UFO’s, ghosts, the spirits of loved ones, etc.?


Have I been a liar and a deceiver in spiritual things, knowingly perverting God’s Word, or else deceiving others through hypocrisy?


How often do I give laud and praise to God?



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