What doth God forbid in the eighth commandment?
Answer. God forbids not only those [a] thefts, and [b] robberies, which are punishable by the magistrate; but he comprehends under the name of theft all wicked tricks and devices, whereby we design to [c] appropriate to ourselves the goods which belong to our neighbor: whether it be by force, or under the appearance of right, as by unjust [d] weights, ells, [e] measures, fraudulent merchandise, false coins, [f] usury, or by any other way forbidden by God; as also all [g] covetousness, all abuse and waste of his gifts.
But what doth God require in this commandment?
Answer. That I promote the advantage of my neighbor in every instance I can or may; and deal with him as I [h] desire to be dealt with by others: further also that I faithfully labor, so that I [i] may be able to relieve the needy.
[a]: 1Cor. 6:10
[b]: 1Cor. 5:10
[c]: Luke 3:14; 1Thes. 4:6
[d]: Prov. 11:1
[e]: Ezek. 45:9,10,11; Deut. 25:13
[f]: Psa. 15:5; Luke 6:35
[g]: 1Cor. 6:10
[h]: Mat. 7:12
[i]: Prov. 5:16; Eph. 4:28