STEAL, v.t. pret. stole; pp. stolen, stole. G. L, to take, to lift.
1. To take and carry away feloniously, as the personal goods of another.
To constitute stealing or theft, the taking must be felonious,
that is, with an intent to take what belongs to another,
and without his consent.
Stealing is taking property or possessions that rightfully belong
to other people, without the right or permission to do so
Are people thieves if they are dishonest in business ?
cheat on taxes, or refuse to pay debts?
What about plagiarism, copyright or patent violation?
What does the Bible say about various forms of stealing?
The good news is that thieves can be forgiven.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – The Corinthian church included thieves
who had been forgiven by Jesus’ blood. By God’s mercy,
thieves of all kinds can be saved.
Ezekiel 33:15 – The thief who repents must give back what he stole.
It is not enough just to say “I won’t steal anything else.”
We must return what we unlawfully took.========
15 Outside the city are all those who live like dogs—those who do evil magic,
those who sin sexually, those who murder, those who worship idols,
and those who love to lie and pretend to be good.
[AMP and everyone who loves and practices lying (deception, cheating).] ==============================
Ephesians 4:28 Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 4:6 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
6 But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says,
5 Examine and test and evaluat
and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves
Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?
3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
2 Those who think they know something do not yet know anything as they should.
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”