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THE LAWS OF GOD - #8
The Eighth Commandment and Related Scriptures
God has set forth HIS Laws in the Holy Scriptures for ALL Mankind to
know--and obey (Proverbs 14:34 and Isaiah 60:12)!
8. THOU (you) SHALL NOT STEAL (rob--thieve)!
(Exodus 20:15 - Deuteronomy 5:19)...
The pagans of the wicked world are filled with the lust of greed and
think nothing of robbing, stealing, or cheating to get what they want.
(How they got something is not important--that they DO have possession
of it is all that counts in their book!) But, God's People are not to
be that way (for theivery is of the Devil--John 10:10). And we are to
respect the rights and priviliges given by God to certain people to
hold securely the possessions, property, and rights that they do by
Unfortunately, theivery is a major crime industry and there are
many popular forms of stealing, which we will deal with below.
.A COMMON PUNISHMENTS FOR GENERAL STEALING:
the general principle of the Law here is restitution--restoring as
much as possible what the victim lost by the theft (Exodus 22:5-6).
For, it is a firm Principle of Our Realm that CRIME SHOULD NOT PAY!
- ..1 DAYLIGHT ROBBERY:
If the thief is caught, stealing or vandalizing, during daylight
hours, then the thief is simply to make full restitution of the
item in question to the victim (Exodus 22:3)--plus Court Costs,
- ..2 LYING-DECEPTION:
If the theft be as the result of lying or some deception
(false-advertizing), then the thief is to restore to the victim
PLUS a fifth part more, as compensation for the hassles (Leviticus
- ..3 MEANS OF LIVELIHOOD:
If the thief be caught with the victim's animals (means or tools
of livelihood), then the thief is to restore to the victim double
the value of what was taken (Exodus 22:4). However, if those
animals (tools) be dead or destroyed, or sold to another, then the
thief shall pay the vicitim 4 and 5 fold for what was taken
(Exodus 22:1; Luke 19:8).
- ..4 SURVIVAL MEANS:
If the thief be caught with the victim's daily food or required
medicines (or money for daily living expenses), then the thief
shall restore the victim 7 fold (Proverbs 6:30-31).
- ..5 CURSE:
If the theft of a means of livelihood or survival means not be
found or caught (or not proven conclusively), then we shall all
gather together to pray God's Curse down upon the thief (whoever
he may be), that he not go unpunished! (Exodus 22:11; Deuteronomy
- ..6 WEAPONRY:
If the thief used a deadly weapon in the robbery, then treat not
just as robbery but as a double crime--see
LAW-6.A.2.o ARMED ROBBERY under Murder.
- ..7 COURT FINES:
In addition to making restitution to the victim for the theft, the
thief is also to make a payment of an equal amount to the Courts
as compensation for the damages to the community and society as a
whole that his thievery caused--thus in essence paying double for
stolen items (Exodus 22:7-9).
- ..8 FAILURE TO PAY:
If the thief should not pay as required or be unable to pay (and
time payments should be allowed--so long as they are met), then he
may choose to be sold for his theft (for limited indenture to work
off his debt) or he may be imprisoned (Exodus 22:3; Matthew 18:25,
30). Moreover, if the thief fails to make good his proper
restitution to the victim, then he is also to be excluded from
Fellowship with the Congregation (I Corinthians 6:9-10).
- ..9 NIGHT-TIME THIEVERY:
If the thief should be caught or interrupted in stealing or
vandalizing in the dark, then the thief may pay with his life on
the spot--for in the night, who knows what he was truly up to or
if he was armed or not (Exodus 22:2; John 10:10).
.B GENERAL PROVISIONS AGAINST STEALING:
some specific forms of stealing are directly banned by the Holy
- ..1 WEIGHTS & MEASURES:
No stealing from consumers by inaccurate or improper standards of
measure, packaging, or display (Leviticus 19:35-36; Deuteronomy
25:13-16; Amos 8:5).
- ..2 ANIMALS, BEASTS-OF-BURDEN, WILDLIFE:
No stealing from the rights of animals to proper care and humane
treatment (Genesis 1:28, 9:2-3; Deuteronomy 22:10, 25:4;
Proverbs 12:10)--for the Holy Scirptures do support animal rights
(1 Corinthians 9:9), even the rights of wildlife!
- ..3 FUTURE GENERATIONS - CONSERVATION:
No stealing from the rights or property of future generations--thus,
conservation and preservation of what God has given us so that our
descendants may be blessed thereby as well (Genesis 2:15, 9:1-2;
Deuteronomy 20:19-20, 22:6-7; Proverbs 13:22)--see also
- ..4 FOREIGNERS:
No stealing from the rights or property of immigrants or visitors
to Our Realm--rather than taking advantage of them, we are to help
them understand and adapt to the Ways of Our World (Exodus 12:49,
22:21, 23:9; Leviticus 18:26, 19:10, 33-34, 23:22; Numbers
15:15-16; Deuteronomy 10:18-19, 24:19-22, 27:19, 31:12; Matthew
25:34-46). See also, Law 1.C GOLDEN RULE.
- ..5 POOR AND NEEDY:
No stealing from the rights or property of the Poor and Needy of
Our Realm--for such is the work of the Devil and the game of his
followers (John 10:10). Consequently, we must be sure that Our
Poor are adaquately fed (Leviticus 23:22; Deuteronomy 23:24-25).
And have sufficient raiment (clothing and shelter) to be able to
endure (Deuteronomy 24:12-13, 17; Matthew 25:31-46). See also,
Law 1.C GOLDEN RULE.
- ..6 HANDICAPPED:
No stealing from the rights and property of the infirmed and
disabled--nor taking undo advantage of them in their weakened
condition (Leviticus 19:14; Deuteronomy 27:18). Nor of the
mentally ill (Matthew 17:14-18). See also,
Law 1.C GOLDEN RULE.
- ..7 ELDERLY:
No stealing from the rights and property of the Aged or Ancients
of the Community--and RESPECT of the Elderly shall be vigorously
enforced by Our Courts, that none may dare to take advantage of
them (Leviticus 19:32; Job 32:6; Proverbs 23:22; I Timothy
5:1-2). See also, Law 1.C GOLDEN RULE.
(Medicines and pain-killers for elderly and infirmed--Proverbs
- ..8 FRAUD:
No stealing through commercial misrepresentation or deliberate
deception as a business practice--nor in the establishing of
contracts or covenants (Exodus 23:7; Psalms 144:11; John 8:44;
Revelations 21:27, 22:15). See also LAW 9.C.3
FRAUD under False Witness.
- ..9 EXTORTION:
No stealing through the use of force, violence, or the serious
threat of violence or injury to obtain goods or services from
those who are otherwise unwilling to give them (Psalms 10:9-10,
89:22; Luke 3:13; I Corinthians 6:10).
If assualt or battery was actually used, treat as a double
crime--see LAW-6.C.2.m BATTERY AND AGRIVATED
ASSAULT under Murder.
If a weapon was invloved, count also as armed robbery--see
LAW-6.C.2.o ARMED ROBERRY under Murder.
If a death threat was given, treat as also attempted
murder--see LAW-6.C.2.n DEATH THREAT
- ..10 BLACKMAIL:
No stealing through the refraining of telling or not disclosing of
personal secrets, embarassing moments, or information of an immoral
or criminal nature to obtain goods and services from those who
would otherwise not be willing to give them (Genesis 3:10; Exodus
2:14). Moreover, if either involving a crime that the victim had
committed or a crime that the perpetrator wanted committed, treat
also as Gangsterism--see LAW-10.C.1
GANGSTERISM under High Crimes with conspiracy.
- ..11 ARMED ROBBERY:
No stealing with the use of a weapon, whether threatening life or
limb--see LAW-6.C.2.o ARMED ROBBERY under
- ..12 KIDNAPPING-ABDUCTION:
No stealing of persons or individuals, whether taking them places
without their consent or holding them confined without their
permission--see LAW-6.C.2.l KIDNAPPING
- ..13 RACIAL DISCRIMINATION--HATE CRIMES:
No stealing of property (goods or services) nor rights from
individuals or groups solely because of their ethnic group,
national origin, or race--and especially NO such takings from
God's People or the support of anti-Semitism! (Esther 3:9-13,
7:9-10; Acts 17:26) See also, Law 1.F AND
1.G RELIGIOUS TOLERTION and RACIAL TOLERATION!
.C SPECIFIC PROVISIONS AGAINST STEALING:
Certain kinds of theft have there own specific provisions in the Holy
Scriptures. You may access these via the following links.
- ..1 LIABILITY
- ..2 CONTRACTS
- ..3 LABOR RELATIONS
- ..4 CREDIT
- ..5 INHERITANCE
- ..6 REAL ESTATE
- ..7 SLAVERY
- ..8 MONOPOLY
.D HOLY PROVISIONS AGAINST STEALING (Sacrilege)
The Holy Scriptures have many Provisions for not stealing from God.
Use the link below to access them:
- To get HOLY PROVISIONS - Sacrilege
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