8. Do Not Steal

8. Do Not Steal

8. Do Not Steal

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Keep This and You’ll Keep Them All

There is one commandment that, if followed by all of humanity, would instantly create a peaceful world: Do not steal. The Eighth Commandment implicitly prohibits murder (stealing a life), slavery (stealing a person’s freedom), adultery (stealing a spouse), humiliation (stealing dignity), and so many other sins laid out in the Bible. If there is one Commandment that summarizes the other nine, this one is it.
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A good case can be made that the Eighth Commandment, “Do Not Steal,” is the one commandment that encompasses all the others.

How does “Do not Steal” encompass the other commandments? Murder is the stealing of another person’s life. Adultery is the stealing of another person’s spouse. Coveting is the desire to steal what belongs to another person. Giving false testimony is stealing justice. And so on.

This commandment is unique in another way: It is the only commandment that is completely open-ended. All the other commandments are specific. The Fifth Commandment, for example, states that it is our parents whom we should honor. The Sixth Commandment, prohibiting murder, is about taking the life of an innocent human being. The Seventh Commandment, prohibiting adultery, is also specific — to a married person. Two unmarried people cannot commit adultery. But the commandment against stealing doesn’t even hint at what it is we are forbidden to steal. Which means that we cannot take anything that belongs to another person. And that, in turn, means three big things:

First and foremost, the commandment against stealing has always been understood to mean that we are not allowed to steal another human being — what we call kidnapping. That is why no one who had even an elementary understanding of the Eighth Commandment could ever use the Bible to justify the most common form of slavery — the kidnapping of human beings and selling them into slavery. Critics of the Bible argue that the Bible allowed slavery. But the type of slavery described was in almost all cases what was known as indentured servitude, the selling of oneself to another person for a fixed period of time in order to work off a debt. This had nothing to do with kidnapping free people — such as was done in Africa and elsewhere. That was expressly forbidden by the Eighth Commandment.

The second significant meaning of the commandment against stealing is the sanctity of people’s property. Just as we are forbidden to steal people, we are forbidden to steal what people own. It has been shown over and over that private property, beginning with land ownership, is indispensable to creating a free and decent society. Every totalitarian regime takes away private property rights. In the ancient and medieval world a few rich people owned all the land and the majority of the population worked on that land for the enrichment of the owners. And then, in nineteenth century Europe, many socialists argued for taking away private property and giving it to the “people.” Where that advice was followed, in what came to be known as the communist world, theft of property quickly resulted in theft of freedom, and ultimately massive theft of life.

The third enormously important meaning of the commandment against stealing concerns the many non-material things each person owns: their reputation; their dignity; their trust; and their intellectual property. Let’s quickly run through these:

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38 thoughts on “8. Do Not Steal

  1. Kyle Liston

    Even if you are unmarried, you can already be guilty of adultery if u look at a woman with a lustful desire. Mathew 5:27-28

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  2. Tarek Stone

    These commandments are not to be taken lightly. Disobeying them will send you straight to HELL. In Jesus Christ name amen

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  3. jaycole1975

    Amen

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  4. John-John Pascual

    Ten Commandments is given for the Jews by the Jews! That's why they subdivided it to OLD and NEW Testaments! The Commandments for Christian Believer, The True Christians from the Time of the Most Sensible Preacher of ALL TIME, The Lord Jesus Christ to the First Century Christians from The Time of SAUL the Jew whose Saint Paul when he was called to be an Apostle is much more better or even the best of all those commandments! Read The Bible because the Bible is a compilations of BOOKS from GENESIS to REVELATIONS!

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  5. Persnem Lasnem

    Most of the times, i like to think that my country is still a third world country, because of these. Nasty

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  6. Persnem Lasnem

    The funny thing is if you call a thief as "a thief", they get offended. Bet they couldn't not accept their own self ha.

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  7. Gav Art

    8. Do not steal
    People who pirate games: 👀

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  8. Arina Z

    Ben Shapiro is committing a sin of theft when he owns the libs 😩😭

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  9. Usha Veronica

    Wow.Blessed🙌❤

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  10. Jane Moon

    this dude is ignorant wtf do you mean kidnaping africans sold them to us know your facts

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  11. Frank Carpi

    I find that wearing a stupid mask is indignant to me, and I don't want to wear it. God forbid Biden from becoming the fascist leader of the USA.

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  12. Eric Whelch

    Everyone has stolen something at least once in there life

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  13. Mr. Ruizzz

    4:33 pretty much Brian Griffin?

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  14. Moribund Murdoch

    "Taxation is theft." — The Bible

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  15. Ivan Yaroslavskiy

    Is a spouse now a property? I mean smg that you can steal?

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  16. Alex Ryan

    The Buddha said
    “Do not take that which has not been freely given.”
    I like this a little more than “thou shall not steal”
    because it is more explicit
    and thus provides less wiggle room for socialists to morally justify their theft.

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  17. blue bugaboo

    But how about the case of suicide? It’s not stealing someone’s life if it’s yours!

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  18. Ghost Light

    This video stole my time

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  19. Empire State

    I came to watch blocked PragerU videos, only to find that most of these videos aren't demonetized or blocked! In fact, they're filled with Trump and Republican ads, and they appear on google search!

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  20. Jean Carlo Vitor Carpio

    I love Prager University.

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  21. Jean Carlo Vitor Carpio

    I love Prager University.

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  22. Kevin VN

    How about American did steal all the land of Native American? What punishment did they receive?

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  23. Eliezer Rabbinowitz

    "Do not steal, even if the owner has insurance" – Dennis Prager

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  24. zapokyball

    If i steal money from a credit card i whil go to hell?

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  25. Janine Arvayo

    I don't have a mother or father they died

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  26. Janine Arvayo

    I've never been married lol fake marriage how to beat politics Fake Marriage s are fun and funny looks like you stole my land Obama look please listen what happened to me

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  27. angeline stephena

    But what about education resources which is over paid which everyone cannot afford is that stealing I need a clarity about that

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  28. Steven Mulvay

    Is there any way in which this commandment encompasses the 5 commandment?

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  29. skojig oquist

    It's funny he starts it with the kidnapping.
    Never -ever had it crossed my mind to steal a human 🙂

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  30. Julio Hernandez

    I just wonder; what does the people who don't agree or like this lecture behave like in their daily lives.

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  31. Kerri Johnstone

    With respect Brother the covetousness is a stretch God Bless xxxx

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  32. Willie Hodges

    I totally agree with you sir

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  33. Michael Torres

    hear what i hear see what i see feel what i feel

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  34. Christian Constitution

    A much better overview of the 8th Commandment: https://youtu.be/5leluLaQngg

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  35. Joseph Felix

    FuuuuuckU

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  36. GlennAdam1

    What are the consequences of stealing?

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply
  37. thatsus123

    Awesome

    February 28, 2021 at 5:56 am Reply

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