Question 110: What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?
Answer: God forbids not only such theft1 and robbery as are punished by the magistrate, but He also brands as theft all wicked tricks and devices whereby we aim to appropriate our neighbors goods3, whether by force or with show of right, as unjust weights, ells, measures, and wares4, false coins, usury5, or any other means forbidden by God; likewise all covetousness6 and all abuse and waste of His gifts7.
11 Cor. 6:10 "Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
21 Cor. 5:10 "Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world."
Isa. 33:1, Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou [wast] not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; [and] when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
3Luke 3:14 "And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And He said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages."
1 Thes. 4:6" "That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified."
4Prov. 11:1 "A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is His delight."
Prov. 16:11, A just weight and balance [are] the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag [are] his work
Ezek. 45:9, , "Thus saith the Lord God; Let it suffice you, princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice, take away your exactions from My people, saith the Lord God. Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath.
Deut. 25:13 "Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small."
5Psa. 15:5 "He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved."
Luke 6:35 "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil."
61 Cor. 6:10 "Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
7Prov. 23:20,21, Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.
Prov. 21:20, [There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
Question 111: But what does God require of you in this commandment?
Answer: That I further my neighbors profit wherever I can or may, deal with him as I would have others deal with me1, and labor faithfully that I may be able to relieve the needy2.
1Matt. 7:12 "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."
2Eph. 4:28 "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth."
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