Lord's Day 42

Topics: Eighth Commandment, Steal, Money, Greed

110. Q.

What does God forbid
in the eighth commandment?

A.
God forbids not only outright theft and robbery 1
but also such wicked schemes and devices as
false weights and measures,
deceptive merchandising,
counterfeit money,
and usury; 2
we must not defraud our neighbour in any way,
whether by force or by show of right. 3
In addition God forbids all greed 4
and all abuse or squandering of his gifts. 5
  • 1. Ex 22:1; 1 Cor 5:9, 10; 6:9, 10.
  • 2. Deut 25:13-16; Ps 15:5; Prov 11:1; 12:22; Ezek 45:9-12; Lk 6:35.
  • 3. Mic 6:9-11; Lk 3:14; Jas 5:1-6.
  • 4. Lk 12:15; Eph 5:5.
  • 5. Prov 21:20; 23:20, 21; Lk 16:10-13.
111. Q.

What does God require of you
in this commandment?

A.
I must promote my neighbour's good
wherever I can and may,
deal with him
as I would like others to deal with me,
and work faithfully
so that I may be able to give
to those in need. 1
  • 1. Is 58:5-10; Mt 7:12; Gal 6:9, 10; Eph 4:28.
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