5.3.5 The Fourth Commandment

Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.


The provisions of the Ten Commandments that apply to interpersonal relationships begin with the Fourth Commandment. The Commandment does not contain any kind of prohibition, but rather demonstrates the mode of conduct that is pleasing to God. It is directed at people of all ages, and requires them to accord their father and mother the esteem and appreciation they are due. The specific implementation of this commandment can take different forms, depending on particular life circumstances such as age, social environment, and social norms and customs.