Some Notes:

The English language has no gender-neutral pronouns. So when the words man, he, him, etc are used, they mean "Generic human being" unless the context specifically says otherwise. Only women get words devoted just to them.

Thou, Thee, and Thine are singular pronouns. You and Your are plural in the 16th Century English the King James Bible was translated into. This actually makes the message clearer than our habit of using "you" as both a singular and a plural.

In many scriptures I have changed the King James (English) spelling to American spelling (labour=labor, for example. I understand those in England still spell it with a u). Also, in some scriptures I have changed the "-eth" to a simple "s." Spelling standards weren't set in English until the mid 1800's, well after the translating of the KJV. So I see no problem with making these simple changes that don't affect the meaning of the scripture but make it easier for our modern mouths and ears to deal with.

Exodus 20- Commandment #8: Don't Steal


15 Thou shall not steal.

Leviticus 19:11 'You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

This command encompass all the others;
  • Murder steals life,
  • Adultery steals a spouse or affection towards a spouse,
  • False testimony steals justice,
  • Coveting is the desire to steal
This is the only open-ended commandment. The others specify who you can't violate (parents, your mate, God).

This command simply means we cant take anything that is not ours.

And it makes slavery illegal. We can't steal humans. (The "slavery" allowed in Bible is what we call "indentured servitude," a voluntary service to pay off a debt. It was completely different from American slavery where individuals were stolen by their neighbors to be sold to ship captains and taken to a different country to work against their will.)

This command acknowledges the sanctity of property. Private property is indispensable to free society. If you don't have the right to keep what you earn you don't have freedom. Tyrants steal land and property at will. Socialism is, in fact, tyranny-by-committee and encourages the state-theft of property. This equals the theft of freedom and life.

This command also prohibits the theft of reputation, otherwise known as liable, slander, and gossip. Once a reputation is stolen it can never be restored.

It prohibits the stealing of human dignity. Humiliation causes permanent damage.

You can't steal trust, which is deceit, fraud, tricking someone into buying or doing something, and sexual predatory.

You can't steal intellectual property, also known as plagiarism, downloading music and movies illegally, etc.

Ephesians 4:28 “Let him that stole steal no more, but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that is in need.”

John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."

Romans 13:9 For this, "YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET," and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF."

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Neither those who misuse sex, nor worship anything but the true God, nor adulterers, nor men who look and act like women instead of men, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor abusers, nor those who cheat people, will inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 2:21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?


Even without the Ten Commandments, we still aren't allowed to steal.

If you did not earn it, or no one gave it to you as a gift, it is not yours and you have no right to it.