Q. 126 What is the eighth Commandment?

A. Thou shalt not steal.

Q. 127  What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?

A.  He forbids not only outright theft and robbery, punishable by law.  But in God’s sight theft also includes cheating and swindling our neighbor by schemes made to appear legitimate,  such as: inaccurate measurements of weight, size, or volume; fraudulent merchandising; counterfeit money; excessive interest; or any other means forbidden by God.  In addition he forbids all greed and pointless squandering of his gifts.

Ex. 22:1; 1 Cor. 5:9-10; 6:9-10

Mic. 6:9-11; Luke 3:14; James 5:1-6

Deut. 25:13-16; Ps. 15:5; Prov. 11:1; 12:22; Ezek. 45:9-12; Luke 6:35

Luke 12:15; Eph. 5:5

Prov. 21:20; 23:20-21; Luke 16:10-13

Q. 128  What does God require of you in this commandment?

A.   That I do whatever I can for my neighbor’s good, that I treat others as I  would like them to treat me, and that I work faithfully so that I may share with those in need.

Isa. 58:5-10; Matt. 7:12; Gal. 6:9-10; Eph. 4:28