BIBLE AND THEFT
You shall not steal.
He who kidnaps a man and sells him, or if
he is found in his hand, shall surely be put to death.
1 If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, he shall
restore five oxen for an ox and four sheep for a sheep.
2 If the thief is found breaking
in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his
bloodshed. 3 If the sun has risen
on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed. He should make full
restitution; if he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
4 If the theft is certainly found
alive in his hand, whether it is an ox or donkey or sheep, he shall restore
If a man delivers to his neighbor a donkey, an ox, a sheep, or any animal to
keep, and it dies, is hurt, or driven away, no one seeing it,
11 then an oath of the
LORD shall be between them both, that he has not put his hand into his
neighbor’s goods; and the owner of it shall accept that, and he shall
not make it good. 12 But
if, in fact, it is stolen from him, he shall make restitution to the owner
of it. 13 If it is torn to pieces
by a beast, then he shall bring it as evidence, and he shall
not make good what was torn. 14
“And if a man borrows anything from his neighbor, and it becomes
injured or dies, the owner of it not being with it, he shall surely
make it good. 15 If its
owner was with it, he shall not make it good; if it was
hired, it came for its hire.
2 If a person sins and commits a trespass against the LORD by lying to his neighbor about what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or about a pledge,
or about a robbery, or if he has extorted from his neighbor,
3 or if he has found what was
lost and lies concerning it, and swears falsely—in any one of these things
that a man may do in which he sins: 4
then it shall be, because he has sinned and is guilty, that he shall restore
what he has stolen, or the thing which he has extorted, or what was
delivered to him for safekeeping, or the lost thing which he found,
5 or all that about which he has
sworn falsely. He shall restore its full value, add one-fifth more to it,
and give it to whomever it belongs, on the day of his trespass offering.
6 And he shall bring his trespass
offering to the LORD, a ram without blemish from the flock, with your
valuation, as a trespass offering, to the priest.
7 So the priest shall make
atonement for him before the LORD, and he shall be forgiven for any one of
these things that he may have done in which he trespasses.
‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.
‘You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of him who
is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning.
Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with
his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.