The honoring of parents stands at the head of the third section of the Decalogue (see "The Decalogue," above). Just as the first section had to do with our relationship to our creator, so the third parallels this with a discussion of our relationship with our procreators. This third section is concerned with our relationship with society, initially with respect to the basic unit of society, that relationship between child and parent, but quickly expanding to include a series of principles for social relationships. A number of aspects require comment:
16 Honour your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
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10 February 2011