Stealing is a sin that the bible teaches us not to do. This sin is one of God’s commandments that “you shall not steal”. Whiles we all have an understanding of what stealing is, there are other practices we indulge in that are stealing, that we sometimes even don’t realize.
Stealing is taking something that doesn’t belong to you without permission. Even if you took it by accident, you are supposed to return it. If you take something by accident and after that notice it and hold on to it, that’s stealing.
Taking things from your office to your home is still stealing. It belongs to the office, you are supposed to work with these things in the office, not take them home. Read on to find out what the Bible has to say about stealing and why you shouldn’t do it.
Bible verses about stealing
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.
If anyone gives a neighbor silver or goods for safekeeping and they are stolen from the neighbor’s house, the thief, if caught, must pay back double.
You shall not steal.
Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death.
1 Corinthians 6:10
Nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
You shall not steal.
As a thief is disgraced when he is caught, so the people of Israel are disgraced, their kings and their officials, their priests and their prophets.
If someone is caught kidnapping a fellow Israelite and treating or selling them as a slave, the kidnapper must die. You must purge the evil from among you.
Anyone who kidnaps someone is to be put to death, whether the victim has been sold or is still in the kidnapper’s possession.
For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness, I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.
You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.
Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings.
If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the Lord by deceiving a neighbor about something entrusted to them or left in their care or about something stolen, or if they cheat their neighbor.
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.
You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother
Jesus replied, You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.
Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
And he said to me, This is the curse that is going out over the whole land; for according to what it says on one side, every thief will be banished, and according to what it says on the other, everyone who swears falsely will be banished. The Lord Almighty declares, ‘I will send it out, and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of anyone who swears falsely by my name. It will remain in that house and destroy it completely, both its timbers and its stones.
The commandments, You shall not commit adultery, “You shall not murder, You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.
Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the Lord.
2 Corinthians 11:26
I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.
You, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?
We even brought back to you from the land of Canaan the silver we found inside the mouths of our sacks. So why would we steal silver or gold from your master’s house?