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Honor Your Neighbor in Every Circumstance in Your Life!

Deuteronomy 5:16-22 New International Version

16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 17 “You shall not murder. 18 “You shall not commit adultery. 19 “You shall not steal. 20 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 21 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

22 These are the commandments the Lord proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

Monday - April 4

The Seventh Commandment: You are not to steal. After your own person and your spouse, the next thing God wants to be protected is temporal property, and he has commanded us all not to rob or pilfer our neighbor‘s possessions. To steal is nothing else than to acquire someone else‘s property by unjust means. These few words include taking advantage of our neighbors in any sort of dealings that result in loss to them… As I just said, stealing is not just robbing someone‘s safe or pocketbook but also taking advantage of someone in the marketplace, in all stores, butcher shops, wine and beer cellars, workshops, and, in short, wherever business is transacted and money is exchanged for goods or services. (Luther’s Large Catechism, the Seventh Commandment).

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