59. What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?

God not only forbids crimes punished by the authorities such as theft, fraud, or robbery. God also calls all evil intrigues through which we take our neighbour’s property by force or under false pretences “theft”. Avoid dishonesty, stinginess, waste and indolence.

  • No one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter. (1 Thessalonians 4:6)