Deuteronomy 5:16 - The Decalogue The Basis Of The Covenant, The Essence Of The Whole Law, And The Condition Of Life And
The germ of society is the family, and the family is sustained only as the authority and rule of the heads of the house are upheld and respected. The command, then, to honor parents may be justly regarded as asserting the foundation of all social ordinances and arrangements. Where parents are not honored, a flaw lies at the basis, and the stability of the entire social fabric is endangered.
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