What Is the Fifth Commandment?


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In Protestantism and Judaism, the Fifth Commandment is "Honor your father and your mother." However, the Roman Catholic Church has a different Fifth Commandment: "You shall not kill."

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What Is the Fifth Commandment?
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The Protestant and Jewish versions of the Fifth Commandment go on to say that honoring one's father and mother increases one's days upon the Earth. The discrepancy in the lists exists because the different faith traditions divide the Ten Commandments in different ways. Nevertheless, the list of commanded actions remains the same. The fact, however, that there are different versions sometimes makes it difficult for politicians in the United States who are trying to post the Ten Commandments in government buildings. If they favor one version over the other, the courts could find that they are favoring one religion over another.

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