What does God forbid in the Seventh Commandment?

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In the Seventh Commandment God forbids all stealing or all taking of other people’s property without their permission, to their detriment.

The following are types of this sin:

  1. Assault (robbery):

    Assignment: Read Luke 10:30: (robbers)

  2. Stealing

    Assignment: Read Josh. 7:20-26: Achan, 2 Kings 5:19-27: Gehazi, and John 12:6: Judas Iscariot.

  3. Dealing with stolen goods

    Prov. 29:24: Whoso is partner with a thief, hateth his own soul.

  4. Profiting, at the expense of our neighbor, through fraudulent business deals.

    Jer. 22:13: Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbor’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work.

  5. Usury. Illegally charging exorbitant interest, profiting by charging interest from those in need, and extortion.

    Ex. 22:25: If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.

    Assignment: Discuss: Is charging interest always sinful? Read Matt. 25:27 and Luke 19:23.

  6. Taking unwise loans and not paying back loans.

    Ps. 37:21: The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again.

  7. Laziness.

    Assignment: Read Prov. 6:6 and 2 Thess. 3:10. Also discuss on what basis a Christian can with a good conscience accept a pension or welfare.

  8. Desiring the possession of others, envy, selfishness and greed.

    Matt. 15:19: Out of the heart proceed... thefts.

    1 Tim. 6:10: The love of money is the root of all evil.

  9. Using common possessions for one’s personal use, wasting them or not properly caring for them; being dishonest in paying one’s taxes or stealing from the community or business establishments in some other way.

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