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Exodus 20:15

    Exodus 20:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thou shalt not steal.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    You shall not steal.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Thou shalt not steal.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Do not take the property of another.

    Webster's Revision

    Thou shalt not steal.

    World English Bible

    "You shall not steal.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Thou shalt not steal.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 20:15

    Thou shalt not steal - All rapine and theft are forbidden by this precept; as well national and commercial wrongs as petty larceny, highway robberies, and private stealing: even the taking advantage of a seller's or buyer's ignorance, to give the one less and make the other pay more for a commodity than its worth, is a breach of this sacred law. All withholding of rights and doing of wrongs are against the spirit of it. But the word is principally applicable to clandestine stealing, though it may undoubtedly include all political injustice and private wrongs. And consequently all kidnapping, crimping, and slave-dealing are prohibited here, whether practiced by individuals or by the state. Crimes are not lessened in their demerit by the number, or political importance of those who commit them. A state that enacts bad laws is as criminal before God as the individual who breaks good ones.

    It has been supposed that under the eighth commandment, injuries done to character, the depriving a man of his reputation or good name, are included, hence those words of one of our poets: -

    Good name in man or woman

    Is the immediate jewel of their souls.

    Who steals my purse steals trash, -

    But he that filches from me my good name,

    Robs me of that which not enriches him,

    And makes me poor indeed.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 20:15

    The right of property is sanctioned in the eighth commandment by an external rule: its deeper meaning is involved in the tenth commandment.

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