Theft

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Punished by restitution, the proportions of which are noted in 2 Samuel 12:6. If the thief could not pay the fine, he was to be sold to a Hebrew master till he could pay (Exodus 22:1-4). A night-thief might be smitten till he died, and there would be no blood-guiltiness for him (Exodus 22:2). A man-stealer was to be put to death (Exodus 21:16). All theft is forbidden (Exodus 20:15; Exodus 21:16; Leviticus 19:11; Deuteronomy 5:19; Deuteronomy 24:7; Psalm 50:18; Zechariah 5:3; Matthew 19:18; Romans 13:9; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Peter 4:15).

See Crime; Crimes; Punishments.

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