"the greater part of mankind put themselves above the Fourth Commandment"

    A reference to one of the 'Ten Commandments' Moses receives from the Hebrew God on Mount Sinai/Horeb in the biblical Book of Exodus:

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee

Although Catholics and Lutherans follow St. Augustine of Hippo in reading this commandment as number four, in the order maintained by some Christian denominations and all followers of Judaism it gets bumped to fifth place.


Online text of the King James version 'Book of Exodus' at BibleGateway.com